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Want an IPv4 address? Get in line

The stockpile of unused IPv4 addresses in North America has fallen so low that there's now a waiting list.`

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Leap second causes Internet hiccup

The addition of a leap second to world clocks on Wednesday caused some networks to crash although most quickly recovered.

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Cisco to buy security-as-a-service provider OpenDNS for $635M

Cisco Systems plans to pay $635 million in cash to buy OpenDNS, a company that leverages the Domain Name System to provide security services including Web filtering, threat intelligence and malware and phishing protection.

Fon keeps adding Wi-Fi hotspots, but struggles to crack the US

Wi-Fi aggregator Fon is continuing its mission to cover the world with shared broadband Internet connections, with recent deals giving it a boost. But the U.S. market continues to elude the company.

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EU sets June 2017 as date to end mobile roaming charges

A compromise on roaming regulations agreed on Monday night still needs approval from member states and the European Parliament.

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US personnel agency takes system offline after security flaw detected

Problems for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management aren't letting up. The government agency said Monday it had suspended a system used for background checks after a security flaw was discovered in the Web-based app.

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Fiber broadband access can boost home values

The availability of really fast broadband in your neighborhood could increase your home's value by more than 3%.

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Cisco says its IoT parts are now a whole

The company's Internet of Things System combines many products, adds 15 more

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FCC's Wheeler defends net neutrality, discounts investment fears

Predictions from net neutrality opponents that regulations would choke off broadband investment haven't come true, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said.

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Enterprise network disaggregation is inevitable

Time will unbundle all network elements as benefits enjoyed by service providers hit private networks more broadly.

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Cisco warns of default SSH keys shipped in three products

Cisco Systems released a patch for three products that shipped with default encryption keys, posing a risk that an attacker with the keys could decrypt data traffic.

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi makes a stupid Guest network

A recent article pointed out that Linksys and Belkin routers are incapable of offering over-the-air encryption (WEP, WPA or WPA2) on their Guest wireless networks. On top of this, their Guest networks use a captive portal, which is...

Trojan that hides inside images infects healthcare organizations

A computer Trojan that hides its malicious code inside PNG image files counts healthcare organizations in the U.S. among its primary targets.

This wireless hotspot has room for 10 SIM cards for LTE roaming

Finnish company Uros has launched an LTE version of its wireless hotspot that can be equipped with 10 SIM cards to make roaming abroad easier.

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5G networks look to new frequencies to deliver gigabit speeds

If operators are to build 5G mobile networks with download speeds at 10Gbps and above, they are going to need a lot more spectrum, but getting it won't be easy.

The Internet of Things raises the specter of a security nightmare...

Is your thermostat spying on you? Cyberthreats and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things opens up a whole new world of interactions, but raises the specter of a security nightmare. Classic security solutions fail when faced with multitudes of devices running embedded software.

Not the kind of redundancy we really needed here

It's a few decades back, and this technical rep pilot fish is awakened by his beeper to learn that a customer -- a college campus -- is completely without phones or data communications, and no one is sure why.

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Juniper, Ruckus join hands with an eye on mobile growth

The alliance between Juniper Networks and Ruckus Wireless announced on Tuesday underscores the importance of Wi-Fi in enterprises, where employees increasingly work and access cloud applications on mobile devices.

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