Stories by Grant Gross

ACLU files lawsuit on border laptop searches

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit demanding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) release details of its policy that allows the agency to search travelers' laptops at U.S. borders without suspicion of wrongdoing.

Japanese firm pleads guilty to LCD price fixing

Japanese electronics maker Epson Imaging Devices has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $US26 million fine for the company's role in a conspiracy to fix prices of thin film transistor-liquid crystal display panels sold to Motorola, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Man indicted for massive credit hack

A 28-year-old Miami man was indicted Monday for the largest credit and debit card theft ever prosecuted in the U.S., with data from more than 130 million credit and debit cards stolen, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Google's Schmidt resigns from Apple's board

Google CEO Eric Schmidt will resign from Apple's board of directors, three months after new reports that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission was checking whether the companies violated antitrust laws by having two directors in common: Schmidt and former Genetech CEO Arthur Levinson.

US lawmakers call for online ad privacy rules

Several Republicans joined Democratic lawmakers Thursday in calling for new rules to protect Web users' privacy in behavioral advertising networks, although many members of a U.S. House of Representatives committee suggested the rules should come from the advertising industry, not Congress.

Court shuts down 'rogue' ISP after FTC complaint

A U.S. judge has ordered that an Internet service provider be shut down after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission complained that the company recruits and hosts spammers, child pornographers and other criminals.

LG Display executive pleads guilty in LCD price-fixing case

A South Korean executive with LG Display has agreed to plead guilty and serve a year in prison for participating in a global conspiracy to fix the prices of TFT-LCD (thin-film transistor liquid crystal display) panels, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

IBM, Mayo form open-source health IT consortium

Biomedical informatics researchers at IBM and the Mayo Clinic have launched a new open-source consortium focused on natural language processing (NLP), in an effort to help doctors share diagnosis and treatment information.

Former Hitachi exec indicted on LCD price-fixing charges

A grand jury in San Francisco has indicted the former senior manager of sales and marketing at Hitachi Displays for allegedly participating in a global price-fixing conspiracy for LCD panels sold to Dell, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Survey: Tech CFOs pessimistic about '09

Thirty-seven percent of technology industry chief financials officers expect their companies to experience decreased sales revenue in 2009 compared to last year, according to a survey by BDO Seidman.