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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.

Penn researcher sees a future where 'consumer electronics' becomes 'consumer photonics'

University of Pennsylvania researchers are touting their creation of an all-optical switch that uses nanowires to transmit and process information using light pulses rather than electricity.

Do Your Gadgets Rob You of Sleep?

Exposure to tablets and other electronics with backlit displays can disrupt circadian rhythms and cause insomnia or restless sleep, researchers say.

Google+ Sucks Up to More Big Shots With Vanity URLs

Google greatly expands the availability of custom URLs for users of its Google+ social networking site, which will make it easier for people and companies to promote their presence.

on techhive.com

Google Talk Users Lash out Over Major Outage

Google Talk, a desktop and mobile text and voice chat service used by many Google Gmail customers, suffered a widespread outage Thursday morning that the company says affected "a majority of users."

Card Game Turns You Into a White Hat Hacker

Black Hat security conference: University of Washington creation gives you vicarious thrills of social engineering, lock picking.

Google Brings Antarctica to the Warmth of Your Home or Office

Panoramic images from Google/University of Minnesota highlight Shackleton's hut and other historic and educational sites on Antarctica.

Artificial Intelligence Becoming Fantasy Football Reality

University of Southampton researchers are fine-tuning an artificial intelligence system they say will give them a leg up in the English Fantasy Football League when the Premier League soccer season kicks off in August.

Comic-Con 2012: 8 Reasons You Wish You Were There

Mark Hamill, Stan Lee and costumes, costumes and more costumes invade San Diego.

iPhone 5 will Trounce Galaxy S III, Foxconn CEO Says

The electronics manufacturer says Apple's next model will "put the Galaxy S III to shame."

(Video) Google's Eric Schmidt to Boston University Class of 2012

Commencement address by Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman, to the Boston University Class of 2012 (May 20, 2012).

iPad Ignites Tablet Price Cuts

By lowering the price of the iPad 2 when it released the newest iPad, Apple created a flurry of deals from other tablet makers scrambling to keep up.

Apple is Censoring the Word 'Jailbreak'

Apple historically has fought iPhone jailbreaking by warning customers that their device warranties will be voided if they muck around with the innards of their Apple products. Now Apple appears to be taking its disapproval of jailbreaking one step further by censoring at least some references to "jailbreak" in its U.S. iTunes store.

Researchers Turn to Vibrating Steering Wheel to Shake Bad Driving Habits

AT&T Labs and Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a vibrating steering wheel that they say can help drivers keep their eyes on the road and off of distracting GPS screens.

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Internet Hall of Fame Opens... On the Web

Thirty-plus Internet pioneers, innovators and "global connectors" -- yes, even including Al Gore -- have been inducted into the first class of the Internet Hall...

Threat of a Bullet in the Face Keeps Cybercrooks Cautious

Scott Borg say his organization has sometimes been off on its predictions because cybercrime trends have taken longer to emerge than expected.