Stories by Grant Gross

Accused text-message spammers to pay $9 million in settlement

A group of companies that allegedly promised mobile phone users supposedly free gift cards and electronic devices in a "massive" text-messaging spam operation will pay more than US$9 million to settle complaints from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

By Grant Gross | 23 October, 2014 06:11

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, antispam, regulation, security, legal, Civil lawsuits, Jessica Rich, government

Lawmakers call on FCC to reclassify broadband for net neutrality

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should reclassify broadband as a regulated public utility in order to achieve net neutrality, but take a "light touch" while doing it, a U.S. lawmaker said Wednesday.

By Grant Gross | 23 October, 2014 04:45

Tags: telecommunication, regulation, Anna Eshoo, comcast, internet, Internet service providers, Henry Waxman, Tom Wheeler, U.S. House of Representatives, USTelecom, at&t, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Walter McCormick, government, broadband, Verizon Communications

Digital rights groups ask ITU to stay out of net neutrality debate

The International Telecommunication Union should resist calls to adopt rules allowing countries to charge fees for Internet traffic coming from outside their borders, said 21 digital rights groups from 11 countries.

By Grant Gross | 22 October, 2014 06:02

Tags: New America Foundation, Global Partners Digital, World Wide Web Foundation, Center for Democracy and Technology, Movimento Mega, internet, International Telecommunication Union, government, Public Knowledge, Shiva Stella, Danielle Kehlm

FTC appoints privacy researcher Soltani as chief technologist

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission's new chief technologist is high-profile digital privacy consultant Ashkan Soltani, a move that signals the agency's growing interest in policing online tracking and other Internet privacy issues.

By Grant Gross | 22 October, 2014 04:58

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, regulation, U.S. National Security Agency, Edith Ramirez, government, Ashkan Soltani, privacy, Chris Soghoian, Future of Privacy Forum, American Civil Liberties Union, Jules Polonetsky, security

Tech industry likes Obama nominee for patent office

The U.S. tech industry scored a victory this week when President Barack Obama nominated former Google lawyer Michelle Lee to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

By Grant Gross | 18 October, 2014 03:19

Tags: Fenwick and West, Erich Andersen, Michelle Lee, Application Developers Alliance, Barack Obama, government, Philip Johnson, Google, intellectual property, Microsoft, legal, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, patent, Jon Potter

Mobile device and date use skyrockets, US gov't survey says

This smartphone thing may finally be catching on.

By Grant Gross | 17 October, 2014 06:45

Tags: mobile applications, U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration, John Morris, internet, government, U.S. Census Bureau, mobile

FBI director calls for greater police access to communications

Apple and Google should reconsider their plans to enable encryption by default on their smartphones, and the U.S. Congress should pass a law requiring that all communication tools allow police access to user data, U.S. FBI Director James Comey said.

By Grant Gross | 17 October, 2014 04:02

Tags: telecommunication, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. National Security Agency, Brookings Institution, James Comey, privacy, U.S. FBI, Apple, Google, Cameron Kerry, consumer electronics, 4g, Ron Wyden, security, legal, smartphones, Center for Democracy and Technology, encryption, Greg Nojeim, government

CTIA: Mobile carriers still need lighter net neutrality rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should not hold mobile carriers to the same net neutrality rules as it does for wired broadband providers because of unique mobile network management challenges, the head of the largest U.S. mobile trade group said.

By Grant Gross | 16 October, 2014 01:52

Tags: telecommunication, regulation, ctia, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, government, broadband, Internet service providers, Meredith Attwell Baker, Michael Beckerman, 4g, Tom Wheeler

Founder of digital currency Liberty Reserve extradited to the US

Authorities have extradited the founder of Liberty Reserve, a virtual currency allegedly used by cybercriminals for money laundering, from Spain to the U.S.

By Grant Gross | 11 October, 2014 09:38

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, legal, Arthur Budovsky, Liberty Reserve, internet, Leslie Caldwell, Criminal, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Holograms and 3D porn: Expert predictions for gigabit Internet

"Vivid" telepresence - holograms, immersive gaming, new collaboration services and even 3D pornography - could be the next big thing as gigabit-per-second broadband service spreads across the US.

By Grant Gross | 10 October, 2014 05:04

Tags: Scott Gottlieb, Aaron Saunders, Pew Research Center, Internet Innovation Alliance, telecommunication, Clearly Innovative, internet, ACT, Kathryn Campbell, Internet service providers, Morgan Reed, Larry Irving, Lee Rainie, American Enterprise Institute, Primitive Spark, broadband

PC shipments down just slightly in the third quarter, IDC says

Worldwide PC shipments fell slightly in the third quarter this year, but the drop wasn't as big as IDC had originally projected, with expanded offerings of inexpensive laptops and a saturation of tablets in some areas helping to improve the numbers, the tech industry research firm said.

By Grant Gross | 09 October, 2014 07:39

Tags: Acer Group, IDC, desktop pcs, hardware systems, laptops, Lenovo, Jay Chou, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Apple

McAfee, think tank push online voting, but recognize security risks

The U.S. and other nations should look toward Internet voting to make it easier for disabled and elderly people to cast ballots, and to increase participation among young people, but online security remains a huge hurdle, according to a new paper for the Atlantic Council and McAfee.

By Grant Gross | 09 October, 2014 06:00

Tags: Verified Voting, Tom Gann, Damon Wilson, Atlantic Council, Kent Landfield, Scytl, Jim Langevin, Pamela Smith, e-voting, mcafee, Joseph Lorenzo Hall, security, Jordi Puiggali, Center for Democracy and Technology, intel, government

AT&T to pay $105 million to settle mobile-phone cramming charges

AT&T will pay US$105 million to settle complaints from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and 51 state-level governments that it made millions of dollars through unauthorized third-party charges on customers' mobile-phone bills.

By Grant Gross | 09 October, 2014 03:48

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Tom Wheeler, regulation, at&t, Edith Ramirez, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government

NSA internal watchdog defends agency's privacy practices

The U.S. National Security Agency takes multiple steps to protect the privacy of the information it collects about U.S. residents under a secretive surveillance program, according to a report from the agency's privacy office.

By Grant Gross | 08 October, 2014 07:36

Tags: New America Foundation, telecommunication, U.S. National Security Agency, Robyn Greene, internet, Barack Obama, government, Michael Halbig, privacy, Patrick Toomey, American Civil Liberties Union, Edward Snowden, security

The future of artificial intelligence: Will computers take your job?

The field of artificial intelligence may not be able to create a robotic vacuum cleaner that never knocks over a vase, at least not within a couple of years, but intelligent machines will increasingly replace knowledge workers in the near future, a group of AI experts predicted.

By Grant Gross | 07 October, 2014 07:23

Tags: popular science, Andrew McAfee, robotics, IBM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, software, Paul Cohen

Top Whitepapers

Twitter Feed

Featured Whitepapers