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?

After history's most public interoperability failure, now US Gov't writes a 'Playbook'

Six years into the administration of the man whose campaign poster read "Change", a document is issued that suggests such a thing could actually happen.

Spotlight: For some women, it's not so much a glass ceiling as it is a wall

I trust Forbes staff editor Jeff Bercovici at his word that the piece he published for an anonymous writer, who states she's the CIO of a Silicon Valley startup, is legitimate (although he did a poor job at editing the first draft, for which he apologizes).

US Government could save $32.5 B annually by not using report-driven databases

A realistic observation of time spent maintaining outdated data processing policies within federal government agencies concludes enough money could be saved to double NASA's funding.

3 challenges to Amazon's AWS dominance

Amazon's AWS cloud platform is the industry's 800-lb gorilla. Of course industry leaders tend to rise and fall. What might cause cloud's alpha male to take a tumble?

My take on Intel, part 2: Will cloud CPUs separate from on-premise?

Intel has already demonstrated its willingness to differentiate its Xeon CPUs for certain customers who want to build custom servers with it. How far will this customization extend into the telco space?

NetScout sues Gartner over Magic Quadrant, 'extortionate' business practices

Networking vendor NetScout has filed a lawsuit against Gartner, alleging that placement in Gartner's Magic Quadrants is based on pay-for-play practices.