Grant Gross

Senior Editor

Grant Gross edits and assigns stories and writes about technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for the IDG News Service. He is based outside of Washington, D.C.

Fitbit scoops up rival fitness tracker maker Pebble

SoftBank gives more details on $50B U.S. investment

SoftBank gives more details on $50B U.S. investment

Masayoshi Son, CEO of Japanese telecom firm SoftBank, plans to invest $50 billion and create 50,000 jobs in the U.S. by pumping money into startups, he said after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.

Supreme Court kills $399M patent award against Samsung in Apple case

Supreme Court kills $399M patent award against Samsung in Apple case

The U.S. Supreme Court has invalidated a $399 million infringement award against Samsung Electronics in a long-running design patent dispute with Apple.

Privacy groups urge investigation of 'internet of toys'

Privacy groups urge investigation of 'internet of toys'

Privacy groups in the U.S. and seven European countries will ask consumer protection agencies to investigate the maker of two internet-connected toys for violations of laws designed to protect children's privacy.

Senators fail to block rules allowing U.S. law-enforcement hacking

Senators fail to block rules allowing U.S. law-enforcement hacking

Three senators' efforts to stop a major expansion of U.S. law enforcement agencies' hacking powers has failed for now.

Senators plan last-ditch push to curb US law-enforcement hacking power

Senators plan last-ditch push to curb US law-enforcement hacking power

Unless Congress takes 11th-hour action, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies will gain new authority this week to hack into remote computers during criminal investigations.

How Trump will attack the FCC's net neutrality rules

How Trump will attack the FCC's net neutrality rules

Repealing the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's less than two-year-old net neutrality rules appears to be a top tech priority for President-elect Donald Trump, but it may not be an easy road.

Voting security experts tell Clinton to demand recount

Voting security experts tell Clinton to demand recount

Hillary Clinton, the apparent loser in the recent U.S. presidential race, should ask for voting recounts in three states, a group of voting security experts and election lawyers have said, and new results could swing the outcome of...

Oracle to buy cloud infrastructure provider Dyn

Oracle to buy cloud infrastructure provider Dyn

Oracle plans to acquire cloud-based internet performance and DNS provider Dyn in an effort to pump up its cloud-based services, the company announced Monday.

Republicans kill FCC plan to cap prices for business data lines

Republicans kill FCC plan to cap prices for business data lines

A U.S. Federal Communications Commission plan to cap, and in some cases cut, prices charged for widely used business data lines is probably dead after Republicans in Congress pressured the agency to drop a scheduled vote.

U.S. lawmakers balk at call for IoT security regulations

U.S. lawmakers balk at call for IoT security regulations

The U.S. government needs to pass regulations mandating internet of things security measures before device vulnerabilities start killing people, one security expert told lawmakers.

Tech groups push policy priorities for the Trump administration

Tech groups push policy priorities for the Trump administration

Technology trade groups are already pushing out their policy priorities for President-elect Donald Trump's administration, even though his campaign rarely touched on IT issues.

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