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US gov't IT worker pleads guilty to theft of funds

An IT specialist working for the U.S. National Science Foundation has pleaded guilty to theft of government property for redirecting more than US$94,000 in government funds for his personal use, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Written by Grant Gross06 Dec. 13 16:11

House passes bill aimed at curbing patent trolls

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill meant to discourage so-called patent trolls from filing multiple infringement lawsuits or demanding licensing deals over the objections of some groups representing small inventors.

Written by Grant Gross05 Dec. 13 18:58

US faces major Internet image problem, former gov't official says

The U.S. government has a huge image problem worldwide as it promotes Internet freedom on one hand and conducts mass surveillance on the other, potentially creating major problems for U.S. technology companies, a former official with President Barack Obama's administration said Thursday.

Written by Grant Gross05 Dec. 13 16:48

Group files complaint over Google Shopping prices, labeling

The top product results in Google's Shopping service frequently feature products with higher prices than those listed on competing online shopping services, according to a complaint filed by longtime Google critic Consumer Watchdog.

Written by Grant Gross04 Dec. 13 20:51

Republicans: HealthCare.gov shows government incompetence

A congressional hearing Wednesday on the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov was largely a forum for Republican critics of U.S. government involvement in the health-care industry and other large social programs.

Written by Grant Gross04 Dec. 13 17:40

Korea expert: Cyberconflict likely to escalate

North Korea is likely to escalate its cyberattacks on South Korea in the coming years in an effort to convince its southern neighbor to back off demands to limit its nuclear program, a Korea expert predicted.

Written by Grant Gross03 Dec. 13 22:21

Critics to Congress: Put the brakes on patent bill

The U.S. House of Representatives needs to take more time to debate and rewrite a bill targeting so-called patent trolls because several provisions would hurt legitimate patent holders, several critics of the bill said Tuesday.

Written by Grant Gross03 Dec. 13 21:24

FCC's Wheeler: Agency still has regulatory role

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission still has a regulatory role to promote competition in telecommunications and broadband and to ensure Internet users can access the content of their choosing, the agency's new chairman said Monday.

Written by Grant Gross02 Dec. 13 23:04

HealthCare.gov deploys new queuing feature on busy Monday

HealthCare.gov, the U.S. government's insurance-shopping website, had to deploy a user queuing feature Monday because of heavy traffic, just days after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the troubled site was working well for a majority of users.

Written by Grant Gross02 Dec. 13 21:24

US HHS says it has reached HealthCare.gov deadline

HealthCare.gov, the troubled insurance-shopping website launched in October by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is now working well for most users, officials said Sunday.

Written by Grant Gross01 Dec. 13 18:33

DOJ right not to prosecute Assange, say press freedom advocates

The U.S. Department of Justice has made the right decision to not prosecute WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange for publishing leaks from former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, if a recent report in the Washington Post is correct, press freedom advocates said.

Written by Grant Gross27 Nov. 13 17:31

EFF: FBI should release surveillance justification document

The U.S Federal Bureau of Investigation should make public a legal opinion it used to justify a past telephone records surveillance program because other agencies may still be relying on the document for surveillance justifications, the Electronic Frontier Foundation argued in court Tuesday.

Written by Grant Gross26 Nov. 13 17:40

HealthCare.gov experiences another outage

Parts of HealthCare.gov, the two-month-old insurance-shopping website run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, crashed for about an hour Monday, just days before agency officials say the site will be running smoothly for the "vast majority" of users.

Written by Grant Gross25 Nov. 13 20:27