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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.

Google, the latest gTLD registrar, attempts to revive interest in the named Web

Having over a thousand new namespaces for folks to put their personal stamp on should be fun, says Google's CIO. It'll be a headache for database developers, admits a Google technical manager.

Spotlight: How can cheap technology possibly drive a healthy economy?

Once customers perceive the rich value of the product, argues The New York Times in defense of every upgrade to its paywall in the last decade, they will willingly pay a premium for it.

Salesforce, Oracle grapple for retailer cloud space

You knew something was up with Salesforce by the way Oracle snapped up a retail service provider from out of nowhere.

'Public' as in 'airwaves' vs. 'public' as in 'performance'

There is no clearer signal of our having fully embraced the 21st century and shaken off the remains of the 20th than the lack of a wake for the old era's most pertinent metaphor.

FCC Commissioner Pai: Title II for net neutrality 'makes no sense'

An FCC opponent of the Chairman's plan to permit premium service agreements by ISPs slammed the idea of Title II-style regulation for net neutrality, before slamming net neutrality.

The decision: Aereo's technology cannot circumvent copyright

Aereo had hoped that its personally rented antennas were legally sheltered from the Copyright Act's definition of public performances. Now that shelter has been blown all to smithereens.

InfiniBand leader: 100 Gbps 'not a trick,' already around for awhile

A Mellanox marketing chief who also leads InfiniBand's principal trade association, takes issue with how we characterized stacking IB traffic lanes, and we respond.

Spotlight: FCC report says broadband customers get what they pay for

CATV-based broadband subscribers may be getting even more speed than advertised, DSL certainly less.

Mellanox touts 100 Gbps InfiniBand switch, but is it really faster?

It's a new... track... record for the latest single-chip switch for high-performance computing. But maybe we need a ruling from the judges on this.

Survey: Value of generic top-level domains is sagging

When asked by a domain name exchange whether their companies are really into the domain name market these days, a huge number of American respondents said no. But that's just the U.S.

GAO: Agriculture Dept. spends $100 per subscriber per month to build rural broadband

The federal government may be spending more on rural broadband subscriptions than the subscribers themselves, says a new study--though some of the reasons why remain a mystery.

Oracle acquires live-assist technology it thought it already had

The best live customer service for Web users utilizes remote access technology, one prominent example of which Oracle now owns.

US Supreme Court: Only software, not abstract ideas, can be patented

One of the most silent justices during oral arguments to ever sit on the bench, Clarence Thomas, makes his voice heard in explaining what methods do not deserve a patent.

Spotlight: Building smarter cities through advertising

As I've mentioned before, nothing about the infrastructure of the Internet is inherently free; someone is always paying for it somewhere, somehow. Embedded in Wednesday's announcement from...