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  • NASA network security torched

    Posted October 17, 2009 - 8:57 pm

    While NASA may be focused on keeping its manned space flight plans intact, apparently it has seriously neglected the security of its networks.
  • Their phone, your headache

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 10:38 pm

    Employees want IT to link their personal smartphones to email and other corporate resources, but how do you secure devices that house a mix of personal and corporate information? And what happens when those employees quit?
  • Asterisk teams with IBM for small business VoIP

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    Small businesses can buy Asterisk open source IP PBX software as an add-on to IBM’s Smart Cube office-in-a-box package.
  • Some Democrats, minority groups question net neutrality

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    A group of 72 Democratic lawmakers is the latest to question the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's move to create new net neutrality regulations.
  • U.S. TV body approves mobile standard

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), which oversees TV standards for the U.S., said Friday it has approved a standard for mobile digital broadcasts.
  • Companies, lawmakers tell FCC to dump net neutrality

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 10:36 am

    As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission moves toward developing formal net neutrality rules, some U.S. lawmakers and telecom-related companies have told the agency that new regulations will cause more problems than they're worth.
  • Judge rejects ringtone lawsuit against Verizon

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 10:32 am

    A U.S. federal judge has rejected a music royalty collection agency's contention that a mobile operator is liable to pay public performance royalties when a ringtone is played.
  • How to royally foul-up an IT outsourcing project

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Outsourcing Virginia's IT operations to Northrop Grumman was supposed to put the state's network beyond politics, overhaul and standardize it and improve operations, but the effort has failed in almost every respect.
  • Malaysia's P1 expands WiMax coverage, waiting on Intel

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 12:50 am

    Malaysian WiMax operator Packet One (P1) is expanding the coverage of its network as fast it can, aiming to dramatically increase the number of sites it covers in western Malaysia and recently winning government approval to extend services to eastern Malaysia.
  • Microsoft Sidekick Debacle & the Cloud: Lessons Learned

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 9:37 pm

    This week's cloud tempest is the very visible breakdown of Microsoft's Danger storage service for the T-Mobile Sidekick phone.
  • home network standard progresses

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 9:30 pm

    While the ITU marked off another milestone for its standard for home networking last week, the specification may now face a greater challenge going up against existing technologies.
  • Missing dot drops Sweden off the Internet

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 8:20 pm

    What was essentially a typo last week resulted in the temporary disappearance from the Internet of almost a million Web sites in Sweden -- every address with a .se top-level down name.
  • Starent settles UTStarcom legal disputes for $3.5M

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    In the wake of its US$2.9 billion acquisition deal on Tuesday with Cisco Systems, Starent Networks has agreed to settle all its legal disputes with UTStarcom and pay the company $3.5 million.
  • Reduce radio wave exposure, warns French government agency

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    A French government agency has warned that measures should be taken to reduce everyday exposure to radio signals -- even though, it said, there is no definitive proof that such signals have a negative effect on human health.
  • WiFi Direct Could Be the Death of Bluetooth

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 9:33 am

    The WiFi Alliance announced a new wireless networking specification which will enable devices to establish simple peer-to-peer wireless connections without the need for a wireless router or hotspot. WiFi Direct has a wide array of potential uses, many of which encroach on Bluetooth territory and threaten to make the competing wireless protocol obsolete.
  • Indian provider launches Twitter by SMS

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 12:10 am

    Twitter has tied up with India's largest mobile services provider, Bharti Airtel, to allow its subscribers to send and receive Twitter messages using SMS (short message service), the micro-blogging service said Wednesday on its blog.
  • WiFi Alliance Announces WiFi Direct Spec

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    The WiFi Alliance, that governing body that argues for years about, eventually ratifies, and certifies official WiFi specification, is about to make the peer-to-peer connected world a bit easier. It has just announced that is nearing completion of a new "WiFi Direct" specification for peer-to-peer communications.
  • An MSP piggybacks on good vibes from Cisco/Tandberg deal

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:46 pm

    Cisco's acquisition of Tandberg and its midmarket videoconferencing products has been the subject of much analysis in the past two weeks. But we have to recognize managed service provider mvision for putting out a release on Monday that capitalizes on the good vibes, even though the London-based company had nothing to do with the deal.
  • Collaboration tools worth the investment, survey says

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    A recent global survey of more than 3,600 business and IT managers found that their companies got back benefits perceived as equal to four times their investment, on average, in unified communication and collaboration technologies.
  • UNCC hopes Meru tool can help keep WiFi running

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:17 pm

    A North Carolina university says a new Meru Networks WiFi tool help it more quickly determine the cause of problems on its wireless network.
  • Cisco backpedals on WiMAX with Starent buy

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:09 pm

    This week's $2.9 billion acquisition of Starent Networks indicates that Cisco is backpedaling from its WiMAX focus and shifting it to LTE as the 4G underpinning of next generation mobile data networks.
  • New WiFi spec allows access point bypass

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:03 pm

    A new industry specification promises to un-network WiFi networks. Dubbed WiFi Direct, the spec will let your laptop or smartphone connect directly with other wireless devices.
  • Study backs open access to broadband networks

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 8:50 pm

    Almost all of the most successful countries in broadband deployment have opened up the networks of their main carriers to competing service providers, according to a draft report put out for comment on Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
  • Finland Makes Broadband a Legal Right

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    The Finnish government has done what no other nation has; it has made broadband Internet access a guaranteed legal right of its citizens. According to Finnish news site YLE, The Ministry of Transport and Communications says everyone in the country will be entitled to a guaranteed 1 Mbit connection by next July. This is fascinating, but it's really only half the story.
  • US lawmakers investigate telecom 'traffic pumping'

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 4:30 pm

    Three high-profile U.S. lawmakers have begun an informal investigation into high access charges that some rural telephone carriers charge to competitors, on the heels of complaints about the practice from Google and some large carriers.

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