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Spotlight: Terabits, or This is what happens when you regulate network traffic

I still believe that supercomputing benefits the world by encouraging engineers to pursue new definitions of excellence in entirely new ways. As I've mentioned before, faster supercomputing is made slightly faster with incremental improvements to processors, but it's made exponentially faster through improvements to interconnections and networking.

Because we don't know what the Internet is

It would be nice if life came with an instruction manual. "Life," as in "The Game of," does come with one, and so does "Operation." But neither one applies to the pickle we're in now.

The clock runs out for Aereo, though the debate may linger on

If Aereo isn't around to fight the battle of independent providers of access to content, then will legislators even bother to patch the holes in the law that made Aereo possible?

Reports: Euro Parliament to consider call for search engine 'unbundling'

A genuine movement may be under way in the EU government to define a new kind of "net neutrality" as a system where no single provider of Internet service can leverage its popularity for mere financial gain.

John Chambers: Cisco wants 40% market share for future WebEx

Reassuring members of the Cisco faithful last week that his company's in the collaboration business as something more than a hobby, the CEO outlined his goals for ending remote conferencing as we know it.

Symantec warns of sophisticated, multi-stage exploit but can't say why

It's a kind of remote exploit operating system, one of whose principal jobs is to cover its own tracks. Its existence remains a mystery, though one trail of bread crumbs points to instant messaging.

Spotlight: On the 29th anniversary of Windows 1.0

There were any number of other names that Microsoft was supposed to have called the thing, but rumors ran the only mill there was in the technology press of 1985.  

One more cross-platform collaborations solution provider: BlackBerry

Just a few years ago, BlackBerry Messenger was one of the most populated chat systems on the planet due to so many people owning BlackBerry phones. Now BB needs a collaboration service just to bring people back.

Broadband industry groups warn Title II may be unreasonable, unfeasible

The Title II debate was beginning to look black-and-white, with major service providers wearing the black hats. Now several PR offensives could result in a new switching of the hats.

IBM's next bid to conquer email: Same song, new Verse

In the 1990s, Lotus was for a time the undisputed champion of corporate e-mail and scheduling. It's too late for IBM to resurrect Notes at this point, but maybe the time is right for a new composition.

Cisco's idea of '3 screens and a cloud': TelePresence with 3 thinner screens

Ever since science-fiction first envisioned what "telepresence" conferencing would look like, it used multiple thin screens stretched out along one side of a table. Now that vision is finally real.

Cisco to hit hard against Skype, Unify with 'Project Squared'

For the first time in years, the battle lines are reforming around a kind of unified communications. Cisco's front line now stretches from its home territory with UC devices, all the way to the browser.

Spotlight: What if government regulation truly does enable innovation?

When a VentureBeat correspondent found himself moving from Oakland, California to Toulouse, France, he moved so far "outside the box," to coin a phrase, that he realized Americans may actually have an innovation problem after all.

Rift forms between ISOC and WEF on Internet governance

Two organizations whose voices hold considerable sway on Internet governance issues--which appeared up until just last weekend to be speaking in harmony--now find themselves at odds.

The usual suspects return: IBM helps form another cloud coalition

Wouldn't it be nice if the skilled professionals who comprise the hosted online service industry were to coalesce behind sharing their skills?  Sure, but does such a coalition really need--or want--an enemy?

Enterprise file store service ownCloud adds access to others' clouds

If end users are truly the ones driving demand for better file access, then can't their goals still be met without moving file systems off-premise?  Open source-driven ownCloud tries a new method.

The President's stance on net neutrality: '42'

It's good that we have a dialog on issues in the public interest.  But you can't take two different sides in an argument and claim to be supported by the majority.

Skype becomes Microsoft's all-around conferencing brand

Brand simplification has been a key goal for Microsoft under new CEO Satya Nadella.  Now that process has been extended to Skype, though certain parts of Skype and Lync may not zip together so seamlessly.

Spotlight: Revisiting the notion that there is no 'private cloud'

I've been down this road several times before. A private cloud, when I refer to it here and elsewhere, is a system that utilizes pooled resources (storage, memory, processing, networking) abstracted from hardware by a virtualization layer, stationed on-premise.

It's war: AT&T CEO to suspend broadband buildout, claims FCC's Wheeler for his side

If Randall Stephenson's comments are to be taken at face value, the FCC chairman actively worked to avoid a Title II scenario. But those negotiations fell apart after the mid-terms.