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  • Vendor rages after iPhone hacker given job

    Posted November 27, 2009 - 10:10 am

    A security firm has expressed incredulity at the news that the Australian prank hacker who wrote a program targeting Apple iPhone users has been given a job by an application developer.
  • New front opened in India's mobile tariff wars

    Posted November 27, 2009 - 8:39 am

    The price war in India's mobile services market took a new dimension on Friday, with Reliance Communications charging 0.01 Indian rupees (US$0.0002) per text message.
  • India to set up automatic monitoring of communications

    Posted November 26, 2009 - 11:40 am

    India plans to set up a centralized system to monitor communications on mobile phones, landlines and the Internet in the country, a minister told the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament, on Thursday.
  • Sept. 11 pager messages published online

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    The pager message is from a woman near a pay phone near 38th Street in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. The woman says her children were evacuated, but she's trying to find them. She tells her husband she loves him.
  • Data-leak lessons learned from the 'Climategate' hack

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    In case you've missed it, someone recently dumped a large cache of e-mail files and documents from the University of East Anglia University's prestigious Climactic Research Unit onto the ‘Net. The CRU is one of the leading climatology research institutions, and its data and models provide much of the infrastructure on which the theory of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is based.
  • What Mac users need to know about Wi-Fi Direct

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    It's that time of year when travelers brace themselves to suffer the many small indignities of the road. Why can't it be easier to print on networks that you don't have regular access to or transfer files among mobile devices like iPhones? Why is it such a pain to create secure, robust networks with colleagues or friends on the fly using 3G mobile broadband as the Internet connection? A new wireless networking system, Wi-Fi Direct, will soon help Mac users do all that and more. It lets any wireless device maintain a connection to a network base station while also communicating directly with other devices that aren't on the same network. And it's (probably) coming soon.
  • Microsoft delays open-sourcing of Windows 7 tool

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Microsoft has delayed re-releasing a Windows 7 installation tool that it has admitted included open-source code, saying that it's still testing the revamped utility.
  • 3Com takes enterprise Wi-Fi products worldwide

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 2:39 pm

    Just days after news broke that it would be acquired by HP, 3Com introduced in the U.S. a line of enterprise Wi-Fi gear. The products, from 3Com's China-based unit, H3C, encompass everything from wireless LAN access points to specially designed blades for H3C's high-end data center switches, and an overarching management application.
  • Ciena buys Nortel metro Ethernet, optical units

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 11:41 am

    Nortel Networks Corp. has agreed to sell its metropolitan Ethernet and optical networking units to Ciena Corp. for $769 million, $248 million more than its initial offer announced Oct. 7.
  • Palm, Sprint pursue lost data from Pre, Pixi

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 11:10 am

    Palm and Sprint are trying to solve problems some users have had moving data from one Palm webOS device to another, a task that has caused some to lose contacts and calendar entries, according to blogs and online user comments.
  • 3G means more porn, China laments amid cleanup

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 11:10 am

    China called for a cleanup of mobile porn Web sites on Wednesday, blaming their rise on high-speed mobile data services, deployment of which has otherwise been a point of pride for the country.
  • China hopes Taiwan 3G test will boost homegrown technologies

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 11:10 am

    China on Wednesday lauded Taiwan's launch of a 3G mobile network using Chinese TD-SCDMA technology as a successful display of how they can work together on technical standards.
  • The evolving branch office

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 11:10 am

    In a recent newsletter we introduced the concept of Application Delivery 2.0. One of the steps that IT organizations are taking in order to support the requirements of application delivery 2.0 is to implement a next generation branch office. As the next three newsletters will demonstrate, the next generation branch office represents a multi-year movement away from branch offices that are IT-heavy to ones that are IT-lite.
  • Ericsson hires 900 Canadian Nortel workers

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 10:37 am

    Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson has completed the final step in acquiring Nortel Networks Corp.'s carrier wireless assets for US$1.13 billion and has hired more workers than it originally promised to in Canada.
  • Five reasons Google Chrome OS Security Wins

    Posted November 24, 2009 - 3:33 pm

    Chrome OS' reliance on a password is a major security problem, but in other ways it has great security. Here's why.
  • Taiwanese company launches TD-SCDMA trial network

    Posted November 24, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    Taiwanese 3G mobile operator Vibo Telecom launched a trial TD-SCDMA network on Tuesday, an event timed to coincide with a Chinese official's visit to Taiwan to discuss how Taiwan and China can work more closely on developing technology standards.
  • European Parliament adopts telecom laws after bitter debate

    Posted November 24, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    After two years of often bitter debate, the European Parliament approved a raft of new telecom laws Tuesday.
  • New iPhone ads stick up for AT&T

    Posted November 24, 2009 - 10:09 am

    Apple yesterday released two more television commercials supporting partner AT&T while critical of Verizon's inability to simultaneously handle calls and other tasks.
  • EU drops Qualcomm antitrust investigation

    Posted November 24, 2009 - 8:09 am

    The European Commission has closed its antitrust probe of Qualcomm's patent licensing practices after Ericsson and others withdrew their complaints, the regulator said Tuesday.
  • Cisco pedigree wins over VCs

    Posted November 24, 2009 - 5:09 am

    Having Cisco pedigree plays a large role in whether a technology business plan gets funding, venture capitalists say.
  • NTT DoCoMo sticking to original 2G schedule

    Posted November 24, 2009 - 12:40 am

    Contrary to a statement made last week by its CEO in Hong Kong, NTT DoCoMo doesn't plan to shut-off its 2G network a year earlier than planned. The network will be closed at the end of March 2012, the original schedule it had stated for the shut down.
  • RIM, Motorola latest defendants in visual voicemail suit

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 9:40 pm

    Klausner Technologies, a company with 25 patents related to visual voicemail technology, filed a lawsuit charging Motorola and Research In Motion with infringing its patents.
  • Apple Enters AT&T vs. Verizon Ad War

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 9:39 pm

    In a battle between AT&T and Verizon Wireless that never seems to end, AT&T's partner Apple now appears to be getting into the mix with two retaliatory iPhone TV ad that air Monday night. The ads comes hot on the heels of AT&T's TV ad campaign that aimed to "setting the record straight" around Verizon's "there's a map for that" campaign.
  • The broadband gap: Is FCC grabbing for the wrong tool?

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    Columnist Scott Bradner tries to make sense of what the FCC is up to in addressing the broadband service gap in the United States.
  • Your WAN diagram had better include Starbucks

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 7:25 pm

    When a laptop connects to an open wireless network at (name your coffee shop of choice), your organization is inherently accepting all of the network vulnerabilities of that hotspot. There's a lot you can't control. But here are 5 things you can - and should - do.

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