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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.

DocuSign: We want a PCI-like standard for signed digital documents

If your organization conducts business online using all-digital documents, do you trust the means by which your partners or colleagues sign them?  The market share leader in the DTM space would like to reduce the number of digital signing options to one.

Cisco, Google sign a deal to bring WebEx to Chromebooks

The low-cost, browser-based device can display web content, but can't run plug-ins like WebEx. That will change, as a result of a deal announced Tuesday.

Spotlight: 88% of healthcare orgs permit BYOD

The latest Ponemon benchmark study is reviewed by a legal expert, and his findings look like an accident in the operating room.

Digium: Too few businesses take advantage of telecommuting

One key benefit of unified communications in the cloud should be, including workers from across the globe. At least, you'd think that stands to reason. Now, a Digium marketing leader says, that message isn't really getting out.

Unify gambles to topple Outlook with 'single pane of glass'

In front of the curtain, there appears to be a new UX for UC that could render existing collaboration software obsolete. Behind it could be something bigger: an interface between real-time communications and actionable databases.

Frontier Communications tries a nationwide VoIP approach with Mitel

The rural broadband carrier becomes the latest to offer Mitel's MiCloud components and AnyWare service, but this time outside Frontier's comfort zone.