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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.

IDC: The return of 4GLs to compete against both Web and native

A new cloud-based rapid apps development platform may make enterprises reconsider their stance on whether HTML5 and native code are the only two ways to go.

Injunction sought against Aereo would set cloud service precedent

The safe harbor that protects cloud providers and other data centers from liability for copyright violation could get a hole poked in it, if a federal judge rules in broadcasters' favor.

Windows tech support scam: Have we lost the capacity for anger?

Surely it's happened to you: You've gotten those fake phone calls from "Windows Company" saying your PC is infected, and please install this keylogger. And you may have reported them. But why haven't they stopped?

Spotlight: Why we swallowed the surveillance-based business model

Ethan Zuckerman is the director of MIT's Center for Civic Media, and the author of a book called Rewire, where he makes the case that the very forces that made the Web "free" to begin with have empowered corporate influences to take it over again, thus channeling the flow of ideas into potentially dangerous political silos.

Munich city official takes heat for thinking about ditching Linux for Windows

It may have saved Munich €10 million in software licensing fees, but now city officials there are saying it hasn't been worth more than a decade of IT headaches.

On second thought, 1.1 million comments to FCC weren't enough

In a concession that the American public may still have more to say on the net neutrality issue, the FCC decides it can listen to a whole month's worth of more comments.

John Chambers: Cisco's move to SDN will take many years

Change comes at such a rapid pace, and the speed of innovation is so quick and so difficult to chart that the impact of that change may take years to assess. That's literally what Cisco's CEO said Wednesday.

Google, Amazon, partners to Obama: Don't solve a privacy problem that's not there

A coalition of many of the nation's foremost storage facilities for personal data urge the Dept. of Commerce not to take pre-emptive action against them for privacy violations they're certain they're not causing.

IETF working groups co-chair: Real standards need reference implementations

Long-time Cisco veteran Tom Nadeau, now with Brocade Networks, explains why he believes new standards like OpenStack and OpenDaylight have come to fruition so quickly...especially compared to the 1990s.

Intel acquires network chip maker Axxia from Avago, buys itself some time

In one of the most rapidly growing new markets in the history of technology, Intel may have made a strategic play that brings diverging paths into some kind of alignment.

Brocade's Tom Nadeau: OpenStack deserves a champion

A mature open source reference platform should be led by a principal player, balanced by an assembly of possibly competing interests, says one of all networking's principal architects.

A death of tact

The echo chamber of the Web in the wake of Robin Williams' death has resounded with such an ugly noise that his daughter has shut it off.

Spotlight: Why make Microsoft pick whether to violate EU or US law?

For eWeek over the weekend, Wayne Rash presents exclusive news that the European Commission is considering approaching the U.S. Justice Dept. about its concerns over a U.S. court ruling forcing Microsoft to turn over data on one of its customers--data that had been stored on one of its Ireland-based servers

IPv4 size barrier for routing tables may be hit this week

The number of direct connections between two points at the core of the IP network may already have exceeded the allotted memory for many of the net's installed routers. When do things start crashing?