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I work with Network World's writers and editors to identify and publish the best informational and news stories for enterprise IT and networking professionals. Also, I blog about network research from university and vendor research labs, plus work closely with our wireless reporting team on assignments and projects. Best to reach me by email. If you don't hear back from me, it's probably because I forwarded your pitch to a more appropriate contact here.

Supersmart algorithm picks winner of NCAA basketball tourney

Georgia Tech's LRMC computerized ranking system has correctly picked the winner three times in the last six years. So who is it this year?

Top tech crimes of 2013

Prisons around the world this year made way for techie criminals alongside the more garden variety murderers, thieves, and schemers.

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Researchers propose stories for password retention

Carnegie Mellon researchers have developed a way to use stories and pictures to help users easily create and remember passwords.

FBI warns: 'tis the season for online shopping scams

The FBI this week issued a series of reminders to online shoppers to beware of scams and to use their common sense.

Deals revealed for Surface, Windows 8 laptop holiday sales

Microsoft is whacking prices on Black Friday for its first generation Surface Windows RT tablets as well as for Windows 8 laptops and Xbox consoles.

MIT researchers immerse you in your Gmail data

A new visual data program called Immersion from the MIT Media Lab invites users to hand over their Gmail address and password in exchange for seeing how they really use the Google messaging system.

on techhive.com

Android security is sadly lacking, researchers reveal

Android smartphones and tablets are under attack, and the most popular tools developed to protect them are easily circumvented, according to new research from Northwestern University and the University of North Carolina.

Facebook is music to some users' ears

A new YouTube video singing the praises of the social networking behmoth is part of a trend toward tech-themed musicals.

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Improv group comes to rescue of texting pedestrians with Seeing-Eye People

The scene-making Improv Everywhere troupe releases a pair of videos that pokes fun at people who can't take their eyes off their texting devices even while navigating busy streets in New York City. Improv Everywhere's solution for safeguarding oblivious walking/texting zombies: Seeing-eye People.

on techhive.com

Google I/O registration: Open and shut in 45 minutes

Google I/O conference registration opened at 10 a.m. EDT on Wednesday and closed less than an hour later, showing once again that this is as hot tech confab as there is these days.

on techhive.com

Apple Store thieves attack with bear spray

Vancouver police are investigating a brazen robbery at an Apple Store Monday night in which three suspects allegedly sprayed 40 people with a chemical mix designed to ward off bears as they swiped an undetermined amount of Apple laptops, iPads and iPods.

on macworld.com

Black Friday watcher: Amazon's the one to beat; tablets will be hot sellers

Network World talks to Black Friday watcher Michael Brim of BFads.net to sort out this holiday season's shopping trends.

on techhive.com

Obama revisits Reddit before polls closed

President Obama voted in person in Chicago yesterday but also showed up later in day virtually on social news aggregation site Reddit to urge stragglers to get to the polls and perform their civic duty.

on techhive.com

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LinkedIn now lets you follow big thinkers, or even become one

LinkedIn, looking to lure more of its 175 million users to visit its website regularly, has begun inviting members to follow a cast of 150 "influential thought leaders."

T-Mobile woos unlocked iPhone users ahead of iPhone 5 debut

T-Mobile doesn't appear to be on Apple's short list for iPhone 5 carriers, but that's not stopping T-Mobile from trying to lure iPhone customers to what it says will soon be its widespread 4G network.

on techhive.com