Stories by Grant Gross

Former US school official arrested for E-Rate fraud

A former assistant superintendent at a Michigan school has been arrested, along with his wife, on charges of fraud involving US$7.3 million obtained from a US government program intended to help schools and libraries connect to the Internet, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said Wednesday.

Three sentenced for 'warez' activities

Three US men have been sentenced to jail or home confinement for their participation in so-called warez online piracy groups, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.

IT vendors, privacy groups release RFID standards

A set of best practices designed to help assuage consumers' concerns about RFID (radio frequency identification) tags was released on Monday by a group of technology vendors, RFID users and consumer groups.

Five face charges for 'warez' piracy

Five U.S. residents face criminal copyright charges for their alleged participation in the online "warez" file-trading community, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday.

Committee rejects net neutrality provision

Internet companies and consumer groups calling for a new U.S. law that would prohibit broadband providers from blocking or degrading some connections lost a major battle Wednesday when a U.S. House of Representatives committee voted down such a provision.

Group urges governments to do more to fight spam

Governments need to pass more antispam laws, give law enforcement agencies more resources and work better across borders to combat unsolicited e-mail clogging up inboxes, an international economic group said Wednesday.

Two-way IPTV broadcast celebrates Earth Day

A US telecommunications company has teamed up with the Earth Day Network to offer what they believe will be the largest two-way IPTV (Internet Protocol television) event ever attempted.

ActivIdentity releases new identity sign-on product

IT security vendor ActivIdentity has released a new version of its single sign-on identity management product for large businesses, including new integrated support for smart cards, the company said Wednesday.

Supreme Court weighs eBay patent dispute

US Supreme Court justices Wednesday peppered a lawyer for eBay with questions about why they should protect the company against a patent injunction requested by a small inventor. The justices questioned why small inventors should have less chance of an injunction than wealthy companies that release products based on their inventions.

Supreme Court to examine patent injunctions

When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a patent infringement case, its examination of what may seem to be a narrow point of law could have far-reaching implications for the U.S. technology industry.