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Spotlight: No, the folks in Ferguson weren't protesting for net neutrality

 If we let Google News or Facebook act as our single source for how all information is filtered, we're in danger of losing our perspective.

FCC's O'Rielly: Net neutrality would hike broadband costs

Suppose the costs service providers incurred to comply with new Open Internet rules were passed to consumers. Such consumers needing a cause for legal action may now get one.

Obligatory post-nudity-exposure opinion piece

There comes a point where the sheer volume of "Lessons Learned" pieces in the wake of the Great Celebrity Cloud Hack points to a deeper problem than the ridiculousness of password-based security.

Firefox security fix points to deep flaws in 'chain of trust'

The makers of Web browsers and Web servers have been resolving the problem of authentication in unique ways. Now one browser maker is trying to bridge the gap between them.

2 competing approaches to overlay networks: VMware and Alcatel-Lucent

The term "open" is often used in conjunction with software-defined network architectures. Convenience stores are "open" too, many of them all-day long, but SDN vendors do have their own conveniences in mind.

HyTrust and VMware: A successful SDDC must be policy-based

There seems to be general agreement now on the notion that a policy engine should be the "definer" in a software-defined data center. At issue now is to whom that engine should belong.

Avaya's extended pact with HP will lead to UC-as-a-service-in-a-box

For the critical part of its unified communications service--its support--Avaya is now trusting HP to handle that part for itself, and is actually giving HP the personnel to do it.

Spotlight: Do we really need another operating system?

Ron Miller, for the Intronis Blog this week, makes the case that hybrid cloud architectures have changed the way we work with all computers to such an extent that neither Windows nor ChromeOS can effectively address it--Windows being too much, ChromeOS too little. 

Social media is tearing us apart, says Pew Research

A chilling report on the effects of social media on everyday society reveals that Americans are less willing to be open in public about controversial viewpoints when they are members of Facebook or Twitter.

VMware: Before us, software-defined networking couldn't be done

There are a handful of competing approaches to the concept of defining networks in software. This week, VMware changed its tack from declaring its NSX approach superior, to the only one that exists.

Apologetic VMware CEO makes peace offering of 'virtual volumes'

A candid admission from an always heartfelt Pat Gelsinger extends an olive branch to partners whom VMware publicly snubbed just a few months ago.

VMworld 2014: Will vRealize lend 'definition' to the SDDC?

What could be the most important conference VMware has ever produced will reveal just how much change in the software-defined data center the virtualization leader is willing to embrace.

Microsoft Azure now provides back-end support for .NET apps on Android, iOS

If Windows Phone's market share never exceeds 10% again, it might not make much difference. Microsoft is building out its revenue platform for mobile services anyway, whether or not Windows plays a role.

Spotlight: At last, a rational explanation for why so many social network people are fake

I would have skipped this video after having skimmed through the title alone-"Facebook Fraud"--which on the surface appears to be blatant click-bait. But hear me out on this one.

HyTrust attempts to harden boundaries of virtual data centers

A new feature from the access control provider borrows some of Intel's on-chip logic to produce a root-of-trust enforcer that enables virtual machines to be restricted to particular places.

It won't be the Internet of Things as you know it

We're well past the time that technologists once predicted there would be a modem on everyone's key ring. And no, I don't mean Wi-Fi. A future Internet will incorporate things, but not the way it's been predicted.

VSG: Comcast, Level 3's impending purchases will alter Ethernet landscape

When Comcast and Level 3 complete their pending acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and TW Telecom, they will immediately change the state of the U.S. Ethernet services market, reports Vertical Systems Group in its Mid-2014 U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard.

VMware acquires CloudVolumes, Windows' answer to Docker containers

For the last few years, the technology has actually existed for Windows applications to be "pasted" into live virtual machines. Now that VMware has acquired it, perhaps we'll actually learn about it.

CenturyLink now offers a more public, private cloud

As the telco builds out its cloud data center presence, you start to wonder if being a telco holds CenturyLink back. Its new service option places it at least on a par--if not better--with Rackspace.

Spotlight: Has mass media grown too big to cover Ferguson?

In a piece for his Web Informant blog this week, David Strom talks about how citizen-led news sources including Vine and Twitter have enabled more than a little coverage of the goings-on in Ferguson from the inside: from the point of view of someone in the crowd actually talking with citizens and confronting police, as opposed to some "anchor" on the street corner filling time between commercials and justifying his "lower-third" graphics.