Grant GrossSenior Editor, IDG News Service

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.

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Tech companies want ICANN transition to happen as planned

The U.S. government's plan to end its oversight of the internet's domain name system should move forward as promised, despite last-minute efforts by some Republican lawmakers to derail the process, a coalition of tech companies and trade groups said.

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OpenText to buy Dell EMC's enterprise content division

Canadian enterprise information management vendor OpenText has agreed to buy Dell Technologies' EMC Enterprise Content Division for US$1.62 billion, in a deal that allows both companies to focus on their core missions.

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Google gets API management tools in Apigee deal

Google plans to acquire API management vendor Apigee in a US$625 million deal that will give the search giant secure and multilanguage API tools used by companies bringing more and more of their services online.

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U.S. must beef up its cyber muscle, Trump says

The U.S. Department of Defense must pump up its cyber capabilities as part of a huge planned expansion of the military, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday.

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U.S. investigates Russia for attempting to hack the election

Intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating whether Russia has launched a broad covert operation to disrupt the U.S. elections in November, according to a news report.

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Shared code in Snowden leaks and NSA breach support hackers' claims

Documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden share a malware tracking code with several files released this week by hacking group Shadow Brokers, according to a news report.

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Maker of web monitoring software can be sued, says court

The maker of so-called spyware program WebWatcher can be sued for violating state and federal wiretap laws, a U.S. appeals court has ruled.

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Tech industry desperate for US action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a controversial trade deal supported by many U.S. tech companies, is on death row, with both major party presidential candidates opposed.

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5 things to know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The U.S. presidential campaign has shined a spotlight on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade deal that’s simmered on the back burner for years.

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Clinton's economic plan has little tech, Trump's has none

Tech issues went largely ignored when U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton laid out their economics plans in speeches this week.

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Russia slaps Google with a $6.8 million Android antitrust fine

Russia has fined Google US$6.8 million for preloading some of its own apps on Android smartphones in violation of the country's antitrust laws.

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City-funded broadband just lost a big fight in court

Some city-funded broadband networks may be in trouble after a U.S. appeals court struck down Federal Communications Commission rules that prohibited states from restricting those projects.

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AT&T fined after suspected drug traffickers slip charges into phone bills

AT&T will pay a US$7.75 million fine for allowing suspected illegal drug operations to add millions of dollars of bogus directory assistance charges to its customers' land-line telephone bills, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said.

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Google's parent company will begin testing delivery drones in the US

Google parent company Alphabet will begin testing a drone delivery service at a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration site in an effort to overcome any hurdles, the White House says.

Google, Fiat Chrysler will install self-driving car tech in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid.

Verizon aims to pump up its IoT presence with fleet management deal

Verizon Communications plans to buy cloud-computing-focused fleet management firm Fleetmatics Group, in a deal that will pump the telecom carrier's internet of things portfolio.