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Cisco tries new collaboration, compliance tools for diverse work environments

How can the largest producer of collaboration appliances make collaboration work where appliances typically don't? Cisco engineers are tackling the problem before they're tackled by it.

Where do we plant the root of trust?

The problem of securing identity in a network of both mobile devices and clouds is only growing more complex.  A solution may require us to transcend what we think we know.

Ponemon: One third of security professionals never talk with executives

The most eye-opening survey numbers from Ponemon to date imply that no one--absolutely no one--is actually implementing security governance standards as specified.

Spotlight: They're not really 'back doors' if Apple gives them brass knockers

Last Monday in Spotlight, I pointed you toward an article from the personal blog of security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski, who reported on the existence of several exploitable back doors around security features in Apple's iOS.

Open source ownCloud innovates unique collaboration scheme

It looks like an open source, on-premise implementation of Dropbox. Look closer, though, and you'll see a way to securely open up object stores on an OpenStack platform.

Road to 10 gigabits will hit big net neutrality hurdle

The way to implement higher bandwidth services on the way to 10gig involves the deployment of a quality-of-service management technique that net neutrality regulations might prohibit.

Spotlight: iOS 7 remains wide open to exploits, says researcher

Among the many things Apple is notorious about not telling people is the architecture of its iOS system services. While on the surface you'd think Apple is operating in the best interests of security, what this means is that an active open source movement has germinated with the explicit goal of ferreting out ways to establish rootkits and other exploitative, stealth services on iPhones and iPads. 

Latest stage of net neutrality's war of the words ends with no victors

If a champion of the people was supposed to have emerged from the "public dialog" about how the Open Internet problem was to sort itself out, that champion was difficult to see for all the smoke.

Verizon tests the 100 Gigabit Ethernet network waters during recent field trial

Separated by 4.6 miles of fiber from the customer edge, a select customer exchanged Ethernet traffic with the telco over a 100GigE connection.

Ping takes a swing at replacing passwords with mobile devices

The system Ping Identity has been building (and to some extent, acquiring) to let people log onto services with their mobile phones is now ready for public launch.

Netflix: Free speech shouldn't be a factor in 'commercially reasonable'

While some net neutrality advocates have elevated the issue to the level of a human rights debate, one advocate is suggesting it be deflated to that of a business arrangement.

Copyright Office: Supreme Court may say Aereo is a cable company, but it's not

Citing a 2011 Second Circuit decision that quotes the Copyright Office's own interpretation of the law, the Copyright Office holds fast to that interpretation, even though it directly contradicts the high court.

Spotlight: Microsoft's passion play takes a (predictably) tragic turn

You know that Microsoft hasn't quite yet joined the world of you and me when the functions of running the business are orchestrated on the public stage like a symphonic masterwork.

The Apple + IBM partnership: Who makes the first compromise?

The new alliance means IBM will be selling iPads, and Apple will be making room for IBM enterprise services. Sensible enough. But partnerships require communication, and only one of these two is good with that.

RightScale adds more automation, self-service to its cloud of clouds

Now a company can give its employees the ability to provision themselves on the company's choice of cloud platforms, all within the mandates and guidelines set by IT in advance.

Canada's own AWS-3 auction will try, again, to grow a fourth wireless carrier

Neither Canada's nor the U.S.' attempt to foster new wireless competition from the sale of AWS-3 frequencies ever amounted to much. What's the Canadian for, "Try, try again?"

Net neutrality supporters: Deep packet inspection is a dangerous weapon

Network access providers should be disallowed from using DPI, and should provide regular reports to demonstrate they're not, suggests yet another group of Internet technology leaders.

Half-million fraudulent transactions plague Brazil's banks

How often would you let yourself be robbed every single day your business is open, until you decided it might be a good idea to shut the door to the vault?

Spotlight: Tracking how customers' credit card data is collected

The problem with thinking that anonymized databases are safe lies in the presumption that they're separate. They're not, as an in-depth report published not on a tech news site but a real...

New Rackspace partnership aims to make a better SharePoint than SharePoint

As every mobile operator knows, when an app becomes available to a customer up front, its adoption soars dramatically. Now AvePoint has captured prime real estate with Rackspace without being acquired by it.