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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.

12 top Linux-o-lanterns and other open source-loving pumpkins

Tux the Penguin and friends geek up Halloween pumpkins.

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.


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.

Data crunching by social media doesn't top the bookies

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University say monitoring millions of tweets to gauge fan sentiment probably won't help you make the right bets on NFL games, but the sports bookies know their stuff.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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

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