A guide to the confusing Internet of Things standards world

By Colin Neagle, Network World | July 21st, 2014 Google’s Thread standard for communication between devices connected to the Internet of Things joins several similar efforts. Google recently announced a new networking protocol called Thread that aims to create a standard for communication between connected household devices. If that description sounds familiar, that’s because it …

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Open Wireless Router firmware aims for better router security, network performance

By Lucian Constantin, IDG News Service | July 21st, 2014 The new custom router firmware will allow users to share their wireless networks, but could also improve their router’s security. Advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation wants to address the poor security track record of home routers with a new firmware project that will encourage …

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Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

By Julia Angwin, Network World | July 21st, 2014 A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.com. This story was co-published by ProPublica with Mashable. A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov …

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Cisco enterprise controller going through paces

By Jim Duffy, Network World | July 21st, 2014 APIC Enterprise Module being banged on by DevNet community as it lingers in betas, field trials. Cisco is adding its APIC Enterprise Module, an enterprise controller for its programmable Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), to its software development community to ready it for general release. APIC EM …

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden plans to work on easy-to-use privacy tools

By Ian Paul, PC World | July 21st, 2014 Edward Snowden has some plans for the future and they include making privacy and encryption tools easier to use. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden doesn’t yet know whether he’ll be spending the next year in a U.S. prison or an undisclosed location in Russia. Nevertheless, Snowden hopes …

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BT Openreach UK Delays Start Date for Cheaper FTTC Migrations

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 21st, 2014 Consumers hoping to benefit from cheaper migration fees (reduced from £50 to £11 +vat) between FTTC superfast broadband ISPs on BT’s national UK telecoms network will need to wait a little longer before they can benefit after BTOpenreach corrected the start date to 31st July 2014. …

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Virgin Media UK Lab Testing 10Gbps DOCSIS 3.1 Broadband Upgrade

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 21st, 2014 Cable operator Virgin Media has confirmed to ISPreview.co.uk that they’re currently lab testing the next generation DOCSIS 3.1 cable network standard, which could one day be used to deliver broadband download speeds of up to 10Gbps (Gigabits per second) and uploads of 1Gbps+ over their predominantly …

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Puppet + Cumulus Linux

By Alanna Brown, Puppet Labs | July 16th, 2014 The beauty of Puppet is the simple yet powerful foundation it provides for automating the management of the entire data center. It’s also a great platform for our Puppet Supported partners to deliver integrated solutions to their customers. Meet Cumulus Networks, the cool kids on the …

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Telford and Wrekin UK Re-joins BDUK Superfast Broadband Rollout

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 19th, 2014 The Labour-led Telford and Wrekin council in England, which two years ago dropped out of the £24.6m Connecting Shropshire project that was setup with BT to improve local broadband connectivity, are preparing to put a £2m funding request into the related Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme …

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Big UK ISPs Agree Voluntary Internet Piracy Warning Letters Scheme

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 19th, 2014 The Government, Rights Holders and four of the country’s largest broadband ISPs, including Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband, have resolved their differences and announced the launch of a new “education programme” to help combat Internet piracy (copyright infringement) by sending warning letters to customers …

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Government-grade code found in criminal malware

By Antone Gonsalves, CSO | July 18th, 2014 Cybercriminals have inserted government-grade malware into run-of-the-mill ransomware and online banking Trojans to bolster their ability to avoid detection and block tampering. The variant of the Gyges malware bolted onto the other software was reported by Sentinal Labs, which has been researching for several years malware developed …

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MIT invention to speed up data centers should cheer developers

By Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service | July 18th, 2014 Fastpass uses parallel processing to eliminate the need for complicated network queues, researchers say. A breakthrough by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could change the way Web and mobile apps are written and help companies like Facebook keep the cat videos coming. Their …

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Cisco, Microsoft chasing clouds

By Jim Duffy, Network World | July 18th, 2014 Companies extend data center integration work with 3 year GTM agreement. Cisco this week expanded its data center arrangement with Microsoft with a multiyear sales and go-to-market effort for integrated products. The deal builds upon one agreed to 15 months ago, when the two companies combined …

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Google starts work on Chrome bug that slurps Windows laptop juice

By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | July 18th, 2014 Bug reduces battery life by as much as 25%, says Microsoft. Google engineers earlier this week began working on a fix for a months-old Chrome bug that drains Windows’ laptop batteries, the move triggered by a story on Forbes’ website. The Forbes piece ran Monday, when contributor …

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D-Wave wants more real-world deployments for its quantum computer

By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | July 18th, 2014 D-Wave will release faster quantum computers starting later this year. D-Wave is ready to move its quantum computer out of limited use and into more real-world deployments. Quantum computing has been researched for decades and D-Wave deployed what was considered the first such computer in …

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