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Aereo: If we're a cable company, grant us a license

Observers called last month's Supreme Court decision against Aereo the "looks like a duck" argument. Now Aereo is not only owning that argument, it's turning it on its ear--if ducks have ears.

Lua asks, can collaboration be managed with analytics?

How effectively are the people in your organization communicating with one another? Perhaps--just perhaps--the answer can come from analyzing the patterns of that communication.

With Windows Server fading away, Microsoft unveils Azure storage appliances

There may be less of a role for Windows Server in the data center than ever before. Ironically, what takes its place could very well bear Microsoft's trademark.

4 Internet of Things consortiums draw 'lines in the sand' for next big battle

You know a new technology has evolved past the embryonic phase when three or more teams of tech players close ranks to decide how to make use of it.

Spotlight: Social publicity sites ban publicity seekers for seeking unfair advantage

It's called "social networking," not because it follows the principles of Marx and Engels, although many of its practitioners wish it did. 

Do we have, or do we need, facilities-based ISP competition?

One of the least understood concepts in the net neutrality debate becomes the next political football.

Cloud Conspiracy Review: End of the road for new technology, proclaims newspaper

It was a good go for a promising new technology, but alas, dozens of services outages and one or two bankruptcies doomed cloud computing at the starting gate. I know. I read it in the Times.

Virtualization: A solution for securing mobile identity?

If someone steals your phone then logs onto your apps, those apps may think they're working with you. What if the connection between you and those apps could be severed first?

Brocade: NFV will change what it means to be 'certified'

Can yesterday's certified communications skills translate into today's NFV skills? It depends on whether someone steps up to serve as a certification broker of sorts between the two skill sets.

Spotlight: Facebook depressed by having depressed people with depressing content

Following the publication of a research study that revealed that Facebook conducted clandestine tests on its own users, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg made a statement to reporters apologizing not for the study, but for the way people learned about it. 

FTC complaint: T-Mobile can't charge for what it didn't advertise on TV

 

On its face, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's formal complaint against T-Mobile last Tuesday alleges that the telco charged customers for unnamed data content provided by third parties, that those customers never consented to or more likely, never actually received. It goes on to allege that the carrier pocketed as much as 40 percent of those overcharges.

The right to not know or be known

As Google begins its effort to comply with Europe's "right to be forgotten" law, more is now known about what's being forgotten than ever before.

IBM's move toward 'Connections' continues with hybrid v.5.0

In a refreshingly non-IBM-style move, the company is tying a lasso around all its collaboration services that want to, well, collaborate with each other, and is putting them all in one platform.

Ping Identity architect: SAML 'might not be the future'

The identity assertion language that developers adopted for authentication just four years ago may already be outdated, says someone you'd think would be SAML's evangelist.

The final word, maybe: Is 4x EDR InfiniBand 100 Gbps or not?

In a follow-up to a follow-up, the chief of a key InfiniBand working group says speed barriers were indeed broken, though it's important to know which ones.

Ruckus Wireless cuts ribbon on San Jose, SF muni-Wi-Fi

The most ambitious municipal Wi-Fi platform in America to date is now 100% live.  Now its capacity to survive an onslaught of negative publicity from telcos, will be tested.

Spotlight: The Internet of Things has a problem with 'Things'

If inventory systems become automated to the extent that they can track your purchases passively in real-time, is your privacy being violated?

Facebook research reveals bad content can depress people

During one week in 2012, nearly 700,000 Facebook users had their news feed content positively or negatively stimulated, and their responses to that stimulus were clinically monitored.

Oracle's new Orchestrator aims to help NFV do whatever it does

Last year, Oracle acquired one of the principal players in the session border controller space. This year, it's injecting that space with its IT-based vision of service orchestration.

Framing the issue of mobile security: Is cloud the solution?

A tweet-chat session between experts in authentication, some well-known journalists, and myself, reveals the role our own perception plays in the security problem.