Surveillance, ICANN transition dominate Brazil NETmundial meeting

A global Internet governance conference in Brazil concluded Thursday with a strong focus on countering surveillance, including asking for a review of the implications on privacy of existing practices and legislation.

By John Ribeiro | 25 April, 2014 14:02

Tags: NETmundial, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, U.S. National Security Agency, internet, government

Exclusive: Google mulling Wi-Fi for cities with Google Fiber

Google is considering deploying Wi-Fi networks in towns and cities covered by its Google Fiber high-speed Internet service.

By Martyn Williams | 25 April, 2014 09:55

Tags: Google, telecommunication, Carriers, government, broadband

Four growing European startups to keep an eye on

Europe's startup scene is as diverse as any in the world, and young companies with unique value propositions are expanding quickly.

By Loek Essers | 25 April, 2014 07:52

Tags: Showpad, Akamon, services, Eyefreight, KelBillet, mobile

US tech spending to see 'solid, steady growth' this year and next, Forrester says

Combined U.S. business and consumer spending on technology will rise 5.3 percent this year to US$1.315 trillion and 6.0 percent to $1.4 trillion in 2015, thanks to an improving economy and an acceleration in purchases by businesses and government agencies, according to Forrester Research.

By Chris Kanaracus | 25 April, 2014 06:37

Tags: business issues, telecommunication, Networking, storage, hardware systems, software, internet, business management, IT management, Forrester Research, industry verticals, mobile, services

Official urges state to adopt federal Obamacare site, rather than fix one Oracle built

Oregon's CIO has recommended state officials adopt the federal government's insurance exchange in time to meet a Nov. 15 open enrollment deadline, rather than attempt to fix the troubled site it built along with Oracle.

By Chris Kanaracus | 25 April, 2014 06:11

Tags: services, software, industry verticals, Oracle

New iPad rumor rollup for week ending April 23

iPad rumors have been rare for months, but April showers seemed to have caused them to burst into bloom.

By John Cox | 25 April, 2014 05:57

Tags: security, Networking, smartphones, wireless, ipad mini 2 rumors, anti-malware, iPad 2014, Google, consumer electronics, ipad 6 rumor rollup, apple ipad

San Diego's SAP system has tripled workloads for some tasks, report says

San Diego's US$50 million SAP system has ended up tripling employees' workloads for certain types of tasks, but the city has also failed to devote enough attention to training, according to a consultant's report released earlier this month.

By Chris Kanaracus | 25 April, 2014 05:13

Tags: services, applications, enterprise resource planning, CIO role, SAP, software, best practices, IT management

FCC defends new net neutrality proposal

A new net neutrality proposal from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission meets the goals of past efforts and does not destroy open Internet principles, as critics have feared, FCC officials said Thursday.

By Grant Gross | 25 April, 2014 02:07

Tags: telecommunication, Tom Wheeler, regulation, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, government, broadband

Dell adds Big Switch to its SDN mix

Dell expanded on its open networking initiative this week with a resale arrangement with SDN company Big Switch Networks.

By Jim Duffy | 25 April, 2014 02:06

Tags: Cumulus Networks, Configuration / maintenance, Dell SDN, Ethernet Switch, Big Switch Networks, hardware systems, Data Center, LAN & WAN, OpenStack, Dell, Dell and Big Switch

HTC One (M8) grabs some Apple, Samsung converts

The innovative HTC One (M8) smartphone first went on sale a month ago and appears to be attracting plenty of buyers looking to upgrade olderApple or Samsung smartphones.

By Matt Hamblen | 25 April, 2014 01:26

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, htc, Networking, Android, smartphones, wireless, mobile, galaxy, Apple

Verizon boosts revenue, income on mobile and broadband growth

Driven by growth in mobile and Fios broadband customers, Verizon Communications on Thursday reported first quarter 2014 revenue of $30.8 billion, up from $29.4 billion a year earlier.

By Grant Gross | 24 April, 2014 23:01

Tags: business issues, Lowell McAdam, Fran Shammo, telecommunication, financial results, Verizon Communications

Average peak broadband connection speeds hit 35.2 Mbps: Report

Average peak broadband connection speeds were recorded at 35.2 megabits per second (Mbps) in Australia during Q4 of 2013, up 46 per cent on the same period in 2012, according to a new global report.

By Hamish Barwick | 24 April, 2014 15:40

Tags: Akamai Technologies, DDoS attacks, broadband speeds, internet security, State of the Internet

US FCC will seek input on latest net neutrality proposal

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will take public comments before moving forward with a new set of net neutrality rules that sparked controversy when they were leaked in a news report earlier Wednesday.

By Grant Gross | 24 April, 2014 10:01

Tags: telecommunication, free press, regulation, comcast, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, netflix, government, Craig Aaron, Michael Weinberg, broadband, Public Knowledge

Telstra signs broadband security deal with Mako Networks

Telstra (ASX: TLS) will be offering business customers a broadband connection package which includes secure Internet access and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance later this year.

By Hamish Barwick | 24 April, 2014 08:01

Tags: Telstra Business, Mako Networks, Telstra, PCI DSS

Report: US FCC to allow payments for speedier traffic

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will propose new net neutrality rules Thursday that will allow broadband providers to charge companies like Netflix for preferential traffic management, according to a news report.

By Grant Gross | 24 April, 2014 07:30

Tags: Reed Hastings, telecommunication, Tom Wheeler, regulation, comcast, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, netflix, government, broadband, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Columbia Circuit

Survey respondents shun much-hyped mobile shopping technologies

A survey of iOS and Android users show the vast majority of them know little, and care less, about the so-called "mobile shopping experience", despite the endless hype about its benefits. Overall, the "mobile shopping experience" ... isn't.

By John Cox | 24 April, 2014 06:53

Tags: security, Networking, mobile shopping, Android, smartphones, wireless, anti-malware, Apple iOS, Apple, Google, consumer electronics

Brazil's global Internet conference includes call to end spying

Participants in a Brazil-hosted conference on Internet governance laid out an aggressive agenda, with some calling for a policy statement that would condemn Internet surveillance, support net neutrality regulations and create programs to close the digital divide.

By Grant Gross | 24 April, 2014 06:51

Tags: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa, U.S. National Security Agency, internet, government, Nnenna Nwakanma, World Wide Web Consortium, tim berners-lee, H.E. Dilma Rousseff

Enterprise and service provider networking port revenues reach $39B

Routers, switches and other networking gear became a $39 billion market in 2013, as 40G took hold in the data center and 100G became the new standard for service providers, according to the latest research from Infonetics.

By Jon Gold | 24 April, 2014 04:18

Tags: business issues, networking hardware, IDC, Networking, router, Infonetics Research, LAN & WAN

FCC adds $9 billion to broadband subsidy fund

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to shift US$9 billion over five years from traditional telephone subsidies to broadband subsidies, in an effort to bring high-speed Internet services to 5 million U.S. residents who don't have access.

By Grant Gross | 24 April, 2014 03:40

Tags: telecommunication, Jessica Rosenworcel, Tom Wheeler, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, government, broadband

Netgear patch said to leave backdoor problem in router

The security researcher who identified an admin backdoor in a range of routers last year has found that Netgear's patches don't adequately address the security issue.

By Lucian Constantin | 23 April, 2014 23:50

Tags: patches, Linksys, Networking, belkin, Exploits / vulnerabilities, spyware, privacy, networking hardware, intrusion, Cisco Systems, Synacktiv, security, Access control and authentication, netgear

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