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  • How AT&T, Verizon Force Smaller Carriers to Keep Prices High

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 11:14 am

    You may not be an AT&T or Verizon wireless customer, but part of your monthly cell phone bill likely winds up in their coffers. That's because the two mobile giants charge sky-high roaming rates when competitors' customers access the AT&T and Verizon networks as they travel out of range of their smaller networks.
  • Arista targets at Big Data, IP storage with 100G to leaf switches

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 11:10 am

    Arista Networks this week unveiled a fixed configuration top-of-rack switch with 100G Ethernet uplinks for congestion-sensitive big data, streaming video and IP storage workloads.
  • Broadcasters may have beat back Aereo, but online TV's future is bright

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 11:03 am

    Broadcast networks may still be celebrating last month's big win where the Supreme Court sided with them in a dispute with online TV service Aereo. But even though the court's decision put a stop to Aereo rebroadcasting network TV content without paying for it--and knocked Aereo out of commission, at least temporarily--don't expect ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC to spend too time much popping corks. They likely know that winning a battle is not the same as winning the war, and the war for consumer eyeballs between traditional and online TV is just getting started.
  • The worst security SNAFUs this year (so far!)

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 10:57 am

    Security SNAFUs? How bad is it so far this year? Well, let's start with Snapchat's 4.6 million user database SNAFU, followed by a parade of retail stores including Neiman Marcus and Sally Beauty Holdings, telling their customers how their payment card information had been hacked. The hacker group Syrian Electronic Army was also busy tormenting Microsoft, among many others. And there's plenty of other mischief, such as denial-of-service attacks and cyber-espionage to round out what's only the first half of the year.
  • Feds declare big win over Cryptolocker ransomware

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 10:52 am

    A status update filed in Pennsylvania by the U.S. Department of Justice said that both the Gameover Zeus botnet and Cryptolocker 'remained neutralized.'
  • FCC swamped with last-minute comments on net neutrality

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 10:42 am

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's Web comments form crashed Tuesday morning in the hours before the agency's first deadline for submitting comments on its net neutrality proposal.
  • Cloud computing services could be subject to extra data protection checks in Europe

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 9:31 am

    Cloud providers seeking business from EU institutions could become subject to more scrutiny from the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).
  • iTunes Pass lets users deposit funds in Apple Japan stores

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 7:35 am

    Apple debuted an account recharging service called iTunes Pass at its stores in Japan on Tuesday.
  • BitOcean is latest contender for Mt. Gox assets

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 3:36 am

    A group of creditors of failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox wants to acquire its assets and set up a new exchange for the digital currency in Japan.
  • AWS offers Marketplace software on annual subscriptions

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 2:05 am

    Amazon Web Services is offering on its Marketplace annual subscriptions to over 90 software products, which could help customers cut software costs by over 40 percent, the unit said.
  • IBM updates cloud strategy after CIA loss

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 5:42 pm

    Two years after losing high-profile government work to Amazon Web Services, IBM has revamped the way it structures enterprise cloud services contracts, thanks in part to its US$2 billion acquisition of cloud services provider SoftLayer.
  • White Paper

    QA Automation: Reducing Test Execution While Improving Coverage

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 5:00 pm

    A leading capital investment firm in the US was in need of a comprehensive, cost effective and flexible solution to reduce their existing manual testing efforts.
  • Microsoft COO tells partners to get with the cloud program now

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 4:03 pm

    Microsoft channel partners need to urgently redefine and evolve their businesses so that they can resell the company's cloud computing products, according to Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner.
  • Slideshow

    The Black Hat Quiz 2014

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    How well do you know the security conference’s revelations about NSA, pwned cars, spying cell phones and more?
  • White Paper

    Social Customer Service: The Future of Customer Satisfaction

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Learn how enterprises must organize themselves around the customer, leveraging shared technologies, policies, and processes.
  • LinkedIn buys Newsle to become the Google Alert for your professional life

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    LinkedIn wants to be more than just a professional networking site you only check when you need to update your job title or confirm a request to connect. That's why the company keeps adding new features, like integrating Pulse's newsreader last year and launching its Influencer blog series. On Monday, LinkedIn bought Newsle to become the Google Alert for your professional life.
  • How to sign up for Microsoft's restored security alert email service

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 11:24 am

    Microsoft has restored service to its security advisory mailing list, but it has buried the sign-up form and made it hard to find.
  • The Firewall: Questions abound about its future role in cloud, mobile and SDN environments

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 10:13 am

    It's been 20 years since Check Point Software Technologies shipped its first enterprise network firewall, marking the beginning of a mass market for firewalls that has protected millions of networks across the world.
  • Internet companies press for net neutrality in FCC filing

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 10:13 am

    An association of more than two dozen technology companies including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Netflix urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday to create strong, enforceable net neutrality rules for wired and mobile networks.
  • Microsoft to take its 'mobile first, cloud first' mantra to partners

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 9:04 am

    Microsoft shifts its attention cross-country this week, from its Washington state headquarters, overcast with uncertainty, to Washington, D.C., where company leaders will try to make sunny optimism shine at its annual partner conference.
  • SAP's Q2: The big questions

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 9:04 am

    SAP is set to announce its preliminary second-quarter results Thursday and apart from a look into its finances, the occasion also presents a chance for media and analysts to probe SAP's top executives for clues to the company's future plans and strategies.
  • Cybersecurity fears drive SMBs to third-party payment services

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 8:46 am

    Between 2010 and 2013, there was a 25 percent drop in small business processing online orders as traditional credit card merchants. Instead, they turned to third-party payment services, primarily due to concerns over cybersecurity and costs.
  • White Paper

    SIP Migration: Addressing CIOs' Concerns

    Posted July 11, 2014 - 5:30 pm

    Recent data from IDG Research shows that many IT executives are counting on SIP to help them meet employee efficiency and customer experience goals. Read this paper to review the top benefits and best practices for SIP migration.
  • New Relic's analysis service goes live

    Posted July 11, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    Building on its successful platform for monitoring the performance of IT systems, New Relic now offers a service that collects and analyzes app performance data to provide more information about how effectively businesses are serving their customers.
  • FCC approves plan to spend $1B a year on school Wi-Fi

    Posted July 11, 2014 - 2:46 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to spend US$2 billion over the next two years on improving Wi-Fi networks at schools and libraries, despite questions from Republican commissioners about the source of those funds.

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