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Eight more years of leap-second problems loom as governments punt decision to 2023

Leap seconds like the one that caused more than 2,000 networks to fail at the end of June will be part of the sysadmin's lot until at least 2023, as an intergovernmental conference has put off a decision on abolishing them until at...

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Facebook building a 100-gigabit switch to keep up with video, VR traffic

Facebook is more than doubling the speed of its Wedge open-source network switch, which is good news both for Facebook users and for anyone who may want to build a 100-gigabit switch.

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Thread Group ready to start approving IoT devices that talk to each other

The Alphabet-backed Thread Group is now certifying products that use its networking protocol for connected devices, marking a big step toward a home Internet of Things that can communicate.

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Review: Cisco ACI shakes up SDN

Hands-on with Cisco’s highly scalable data center network fabric driven by -- surprise -- a completely open API

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Cisco, Ericsson team up as industry consolidates

Form broad, strategic partnership while Nokia looks to wrap Alcatel-Lucent merger.

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Cisco, Ericsson partner to build and sell next-gen networks

Ericsson and Cisco Systems are partnering to develop and sell next-generation networks -- Ericsson because it's cheaper than buying in or building the equipment itself, and Cisco because it's quicker than buying Ericsson.

Comcast data caps aren’t about congestion, leaked memo shows

Comcast really doesn’t want its support reps using the term “data cap.”

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Users prepare for a software-driven world

ONUG conference finds no army can stop the softening of IT.

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Five things you should know about unlicensed LTE

Here are five things you should know about unlicensed LTE, the concept of sending 4G cell traffic over channels also used by Wi-Fi and other networks.


14 strange but true tech facts you (probably) don't know

But we think you'll be glad to find out!

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Sprint owner confirms job cuts will be 'in the thousands'

Sprint reported it gained 237,000 postpaid phone customers in its second fiscal quarter, which ended Sept. 30 -- the first time the company had showed gains on that measure in two years.

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First look: Microsoft Azure Active Directory Domain Services puts it all in the cloud

It's a cloud-based method for making sure your apps have full Active Directory services -- and then some. We take you though some of the ins and outs.

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Has FCC "gone off the rails" with latest Wi-Fi blocking fines?

Critics of the FCC's crackdown over the past year on organizations purposefully blocking consumers' Wi-Fi hotspots might actually have a couple of kindred spirits on the Commission itself.

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FCC strikes again on Wi-Fi blocking: Hilton, big electrical contractor fined thousands

The FCC isn’t kidding around in going after Wi-Fi blockers: Now it has slapped big electrical contracting company M.C. Dean with a $718,000 fine for blocking consumers’ Wi-Fi connections and has proposed a $25,000 fine for Hilton...

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The best new features in Windows Server 2016 (so far)

From Nano and Docker to software-defined networking and storage features, the next version of Windows Server is packed with great additions

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LTE-U: A quick explainer

LTE-U is a wireless network technology that’s promising a lot, as well as ruffling a few feathers (especially in the Wi-Fi world). Here’s a brief rundown for the perplexed.

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Cisco buying Lancope for $450M

Network analysis tools bolster Security Everywhere initiative.

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Power-sipping San Francisco network could have IoT devices buzzing

San Francisco will help French network builder SigFox implement a low-power, wide-area infrastructure for the Internet of Things

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