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Aereo's final Supreme Court plea: Cloud computing could be ruined

The maker of a curiously innovative broadcast retransmission service for the Internet makes its case that a Supreme Court decision in its favor will preserve the legal underpinnings of cloud computing.

New IoT industry group dreams of IP addresses for thermostats, pills, plywood

One of the benefits of an Internet of Things from a tech manufacturer's perspective is that it could make anything--a business card, a tree trunk, a facial tissue--into a potential customer.

Sprint partnership suddenly makes rural LTE a real market

Just days after a scathing report painted Verizon and AT&T as throwing in the towel on rural broadband, Sprint forges a critical new alliance.

Spotlight: The DevOps mindset changes how enterprises solve problems

Suddenly, the factors that separated corporate initiatives from their developers seem to disappear, finds George Hulme.

A tale of 2 worlds: PBS frames ICANN debate

Just how does the Internet work? Does anyone know? For more information, perhaps you could send a self-addressed stamped envelope to your PBS station.

Conference: Building the API industry into an API economy

Leaders of the emerging data accessibility industry contend they can make their business thrive if only more consumers became developers. Sound familiar?

CenturyLink, Windstream enhance their U.S. Ethernet standing, says VSG

CenturyLink and Windstream are both becoming growing forces in the Ethernet services market through their aggressive copper and fiber network expansion efforts. According to Vertical Systems Group's 2103 U.S. Incumbent Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard, CenturyLink and Windstream saw the largest growth of out of this group, which continues to be led by AT&T and Verizon.

Cumulus Linux leaders: OpenFlow SDNs already outmoded

The first wave of SDNs broke data centers free from single-vendor "blobs," concede the architects of MidoNet, but they left a new problem in their wake: an architectural fork between control and forwarding that's hard to bridge.

Juries find Google infringed a patent for telling your phone you have mail

When a technology idea that's novel in one century becomes commonplace in another, the innovator is still owed a license fee for it, says two Marshall, Texas juries.

What's more important for Lync: the 'Metro' app, or interop?

In the latest of a handful of updates to its "Modern"-style app for Windows 8.1, Microsoft finally added one feature that it probably should have included from the beginning: a way to start an impromptu meeting without scheduling it first. Now, a company called Pexip is taking the idea a step further.

Spotlight: The crux of the net neutrality debate today

A plain-language explanation of the way the net presently works.

IDC: HTML5 may never emerge from also-ran status

A blistering report from IDC's Al Hilwa blames the fragmented nature of platforms, and their vendors hedging their bets, for the state of the open Web platform.

Kore COO: Not enough incentive exists for an 'Internet of Things' economy

One of the world's principal experts on machine-to-machine systems reasons that as machines communicate more efficiently, the incentive for someone to handle their transactions may actually go down.

One little footnote from Netflix CEO sparks a peering debate

If the consumption of downstream bandwidth were the real issue here, argues Reed Hastings, then ISPs would owe fees to upstream services. Okay, maybe that's a non-argument, but it does make the current state of affairs seem just a little sillier.

Ping Identity acquires multi-factor authentication patent holder

In a deal announced Friday afternoon, the creator of a lucrative method for using mobile devices as authenticators is absorbed into a prominent identity provider.

IP transition needs to understand enterprises' needs, says Windstream's Gardner

LAS VEGAS--Jeff Gardner, CEO of Windstream, recognizes that while the residential market has become very competitive, the enterprise market has unique characteristics that are very distinct.

Cisco on UC: We have to think like a consumer tech company

Unified communications appliances and services are being marketed more toward smaller businesses, complete with smaller prices. That's a problem for Cisco, and its SVP knows it.

Spotlight: Using WebRTC in HTML5 browsers to build networked apps

Did you know a JavaScript framework exists enabling browsers to gather analytics from other browsers, without servers in-between?  Well, you do now.

EU argument over 'net neutrality' definition comes to a head

A key European Parliament committee has decided that some Internet services are exempt from net neutrality regulations. But in a sly maneuver, the list of which services those are has been deleted from its bill.

The top reason communications systems break down

One of the key benefits of mobile devices is that they give you something to do while waiting in line. This story is about why you wait in line in the first place.