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Spotlight: Samsung may strike a blow against passwords everywhere

Surprise, there may be a biometric scanner attached to your new Samsung smartphone; and (surprise again!) there may be a system behind it that makes it work.

Chat for free with NTT's WebRTC, if you don't mind being a bloated, dancing cat

It's one of the first live tests of P2P communications technology using only your HTML5 browser, and if you don't watch out, it could cause nightmares.

Death of cable by 'cord cutting' is greatly exaggerated

A recent survey of TV viewers states that close to one-fifth of viewers without pay TV have abandoned it in favor of Netflix or Hulu. That may be a little much, as a veteran broadband and entertainment industry analyst confirms.

New report on SDP suggests there never was a 'long tail'

Maybe with an API platform, telcos could open up hundreds of new, niche markets for others to explore. Nah, on second thought, maybe they could just do some more exploring themselves.

Dropbox VP: People's trust comes first, followed by IT security

The former Salesforce strategist argues that a hugely popular product with some security is more secure than a less popular product with IT administrator lockdowns.

Red Hat's embrace of containers could end Linux dependencies

At Red Hat's annual summit, it announced that not only is it supporting a new technology for distributing server apps intact, but it will actively build onto that technology and integrate it into RHEL.

Spotlight: Does your right to personal data trump your government's right to it?

A ruling from the EU's highest court sets a precedent for government rights over human rights, that the U.S. government may one day have to meet.

Masergy snaps up Global DataGuard, expands managed security capabilities

Masergy has purchased Global DataGuard, a move that will enhance its growing cloud services portfolio with additional managed security capabilities.

Is a sensible communications network of things really an Internet?

Technology analysts and writers imagine a world where you, your car and your toaster all have Facebook pages. Engineers see the future somewhat differently.

WhiteHat security: Testing beats built-in frameworks for remediation

At most security conferences you attend, you'll hear someone recommend one server-side language as being safer than another. Don't believe anything you hear.

OpenSSL finance chief: Funding unrealistic for mitigating the next Heartbleed

The man responsible for the security library's fundraising efforts states that the current funding mechanism "is nowhere near enough to properly sustain the manpower levels needed" to keep it going at its present pace.

Moving the goalpost again: Quantenna promises 10 Gbps 802.11ac

A combination of wave dynamics and creative marketing could catapult wireless office bandwidths next year. Quantenna might have the right formula.

Verizon enhances multi-cloud play with Secure Cloud Interconnect service

Verizon is tapping into the emerging bring your own cloud trend by allowing its Private IP service the opportunity to connect to multiple cloud services with its new Secure Cloud Interconnect, or SCI, service.

Spotlight: Can better browsers fill the session security gap?

One of the most experienced journalists in all of tech tests 7 examples to two approaches--old and new--to improving client-side security.

If mobile users prefer apps over browsers, is the Web damaged?

The latest data from comScore confirms the continuing trend of mobile device users steering clear of browsers and favoring apps. Is this bad?

Rural broadband group: Utility bill inserts might help spread the good word

The group representing the interests of the nation's broadband service providers to rural districts believe rural Americans need a good public service announcement about what good things the Internet can do for them.

Security vulnerability with its own logo and marketing: Did 'Heartbleed' backfire?

First of all, what do you call the class of thing that Heartbleed is? Even local TV news websites have done a relatively good job the past few days in using the appropriate language to describe Heartbleed, usually by way of running the Associated Press story with little or no alterations.

FTC to Facebook: Stick to your promises after buying WhatsApp

If this is really an approval by the Federal Trade Commission of Facebook's pending acquisition of the messaging app maker, it did not come gift-wrapped.

Spotlight: If you're stuck with Windows XP, how do you tread water?

Journalist Andy Patrizio lists the remaining options for software support after Microsoft's long and drawn-out exit.

A software-defined Internet: Would net neutrality allow it?

SDN is a very good thing when applied to enterprise data centers. Let's use SDN to improve the Internet! No, wait, that would violate the principles of fairness and freedom.