Stories by Grant Gross

Supreme Court justices hold stock in tech vendors, other firms

Two U.S. Supreme Court justices owned stock in tech vendors or other companies that filed briefs in cases under review by the high court in the past year, a watchdog group said Thursday.

By Grant Gross | 03 July, 2015 07:00

Tags: business issues, Stephen Breyer, time warner, legal, Fix the Court, Gabe Roth, government, Samuel Alito, Hewlett-Packard, U.S. Supreme Court, emc, John Roberts

FCC tells TracFone it must allow phone unlocking

TracFone, a major provider of prepaid mobile phone service, must keep its promise to let customers unlock their devices and transfer service to competing carriers, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said.

By Grant Gross | 02 July, 2015 05:39

Tags: América Móvil, 4g, telecommunication, 3g, regulation, Travis LeBlanc, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, mobile, government, TracFone

Surveillance court extends NSA's phone records collection

A U.S. surveillance court has extended a controversial telephone records dragnet while the National Security Agency works to wind down the program on orders from Congress.

By Grant Gross | 01 July, 2015 05:25

Tags: telecommunication, security, Ron Wyden, U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, U.S. National Security Agency, Michael Mosman, U.S. Congress, government, privacy, U.S. FBI

Robot apocalypse unlikely, but researchers need to understand AI risks

Recent concerns from tech luminaries about a robot apocalypse may be overblown, but artificial intelligence researchers need to start thinking about security measures as they build ever more intelligent machines, according to a group of AI experts.

By Grant Gross | 01 July, 2015 03:54

Tags: Berkeley, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Nate Soares, robotics, University of California, Georgia Tech, bill gates, Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Ronald Arkin, stephen hawking, Manuela Veloso, security, Elon Musk, Stuart Russell, Robert Atkinson, popular science

Fibre broadband adds 3 per cent a US home's value

The availability of really fast broadband in your neighborhood could increase your home's value by more than 3 percent.

By Grant Gross | 30 June, 2015 05:42

Tags: Fiber to the Home Council Americas, Carnegie Mellon University, telecommunication, University of Colorado at Boulder, Heather Gold, Adtran, Kevin Morgan, broadband

US Supreme Court denies Google request in Java infringement case

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request from Google to hear a case in which it was accused of infringing Oracle copyrights by using Java in its Android mobile operating system.

By Grant Gross | 30 June, 2015 01:00

Tags: Google, intellectual property, copyright, patent, legal, Oracle, U.S. Supreme Court

Former Qualcomm exec sentenced for insider trading

A former executive vice president at Qualcomm was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison and fined US$500,000 on charges related to a three-year-long insider trading scheme.

By Grant Gross | 27 June, 2015 06:13

Tags: business issues, U.S. Department of Justice, Bing Wang, Jing Wang, Laura Duffy, legal, qualcomm, Gary Yin, Criminal

FCC's Wheeler defends net neutrality rules, discounts investment fears

Predictions from net neutrality opponents that regulations would choke off broadband investment haven't come true, with several service providers announcing expansions in the four months since the U.S. Federal Communications Commission passed new rules, the agency's chairman says.

By Grant Gross | 27 June, 2015 02:39

Tags: telecommunication, at&t, regulation, Tom Wheeler, Brookings Institute, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, comcast, government, internet, Internet service providers, broadband

Efforts by US govt's OPM to fix IT security are criticized by auditor

Efforts to fix cybersecurity problems at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) may be doomed because the agency is moving too quickly and ignoring some best practices, an auditor said Thursday.

By Grant Gross | 26 June, 2015 04:12

Tags: U.S. Senate, Government use of IT, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, John McCain, Patrick McFarland, data breach, Tony Scott, Ron Johnson, Andy Ozment, government, security, Katherine Archuleta

US Congress votes to slow ICANN transition

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to require ICANN, which coordinates the Internet's domain name system, to jump through several hoops before a government agency ends its oversight of the organization.

By Grant Gross | 25 June, 2015 00:25

Tags: ICANN, Americans for Limited Government, Frank Pallone, U.S. House of Representatives, John Shimkus, legislation, government, internet, Rick Manning, U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration

US privacy group complains about Uber data collection

Uber Technologies' new data collection policy, allowing the ride-hailing company to access a user's location even when the smartphone app is not actively in use, violates the privacy rights and personal safety of U.S. customers, according to a complaint filed Monday by a privacy group.

By Grant Gross | 23 June, 2015 04:15

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, regulation, security, government, Electronic Privacy Information Center, internet, privacy, Uber Technologies

Supreme Court rejects Google request in Street View patent case

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined a request by Google to hear a patent case involving the company's Street View service, leaving the company to defend the infringement claims in lower courts.

By Grant Gross | 23 June, 2015 01:27

Tags: Vederi, Internet-based applications and services, Google, intellectual property, Maps, patent, legal, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Lawmakers worry US OPM breaches endanger national security

Two recently disclosed data breaches at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) could endanger national security and the lives of federal workers in intelligence or other sensitive jobs, according to some lawmakers.

By Grant Gross | 17 June, 2015 05:03

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Government use of IT, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, data breach, Jason Chaffetz, Ron DeSantis, government, Donna Seymour, Carolyn Maloney, Steve Russell, Katherine Archuleta, security

Privacy groups to quit US talks on facial recognition standards

Nine privacy groups plan to withdraw from U.S. government-hosted negotiations to develop voluntary facial-recognition privacy standards because the groups feel the process won't lead to adequate privacy protections.

By Grant Gross | 16 June, 2015 14:03

Tags: security, NetChoice, Center for Digital Democracy, government, Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law, Alvaro Bedoya, U.S. National Telecommunication and Information Administration, privacy, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Consumer Action, Carl Szabo

Group asks FCC to make websites honor do-not-track requests

A consumer rights group wants the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to address growing online privacy concerns by requiring websites to honor do-no-track requests.

By Grant Gross | 16 June, 2015 02:13

Tags: Consumer Watchdog, regulation, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, John Simpson, government, internet

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