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Firewalls can't protect today's connected cars

While the automobile industry pursues more secure internal bus architectures, experts say no network firewall will ever be totally tamper-proof, and it's more important to be able to detect and stop an attack rather than block it.

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YouTube cofounder endorses paid version

YouTube is preparing to launch an ad-free subscription service, perhaps by year-end.

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New York eases limits on Uber's growth

It's probably safe to say goodbye to "de Blasio" mode in Uber's app in New York.

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Cisco quits set-top box market, sells business to Technicolor

Cisco is selling its Connected Devices business -- yet at the same time counting on connecting billions of devices

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Cell service at US airports varies from first class to middle-seat coach

Need something to watch on a flight? You can download an episode of your favorite show in less than a minute and a half on Verizon Wireless at Atlanta's airport or spend 13 hours doing the same over T-Mobile USA at Los Angeles...

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Silver Peak CEO: We're re-imagining the WAN for a cloud world

Silver Peak made its name as a top provider of wide-area network optimization capabilities. But the company has its sights set on a loftier goal today: Completely changing the way you build your entire WAN. Silver Peak is moving...

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AT&T-DirecTV deal headed for FCC approval with conditions

AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV appears headed for approval, with Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, circulating to commissioners an order recommending approval, although with some conditions.

There's more to municipal broadband than public funding

City funding of entire networks is one option for local officials looking to improve broadband networks, a report says

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T-Mobile to pay $17.5M fine for 911 outages

T-Mobile USA will pay a $17.5 million fine in a settlement with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for two 911 emergency dialing outages on the company's mobile network last year.

Google, ISPs join feds to offer free broadband to low-income families

Google and seven other ISPs have joined a new U.S. government pilot program to connect 275,000 low-income households to the Internet for free or at reduced rates.

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Why you need to care more about DNS

There’s one key part of your network infrastructure that you’re probably not monitoring, even though it keeps you connected, can tell you a lot about what’s happening inside your business – and is an increasing source of attacks....

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Looking for something nearby? Wi-Fi Aware could find it for you

A new technology from the Wi-Fi Alliance offers efficient, peer-to-peer service discovery

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Is your firewall smarter than a 5th-grader?

A recent talk with my 10-year-old nephew confirmed my suspicion — the firewall has become somewhat ubiquitous of late, the essential element of network perimeter security. Almost all know what a firewall is, even if some inexplicably...

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9 things you didn't know about Google's undersea cable

The high-speed Google-backed FASTER system will link the U.S. with Japan next year at 60Tbps.

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Slideshow: Best handheld Wi-Fi test tools

Here, we review four hardware-based products that you can throw in a laptop bag and carry around with you.

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Review: Best handheld Wi-Fi test tools

AirCheck, Yellowjacket-BANG, Wi-Spy and Pineapple Mark V offer Wi-Fi test tools for network professionals on the go.

Can you see me now?

This company uses a microwave setup for links in its wide-area network, and that has worked fine -- or anyhow, it's worked fine until lately.

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FCC looks to protect customers during voice switch to IP

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission may require the country's telecom carriers to warn residential and business customers about their plans to abandon old, copper telephone networks for IP-based systems.

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