Kevin Fogarty

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Kevin Fogarty is a freelance writer, editor, and analyst who has covered every unprecedented, technology-driven shift in the firmament of business and society since before the invention of the web. His stories describe the impact of new technology in terms accessible to non-specialists but he personally has been mocked as a geek by technical experts in a dozen abstruse beats, including networking, cloud computing, security, hacktivism, defense and cyberwar, virtualization, data-centerĀ  and mobile technologies, web development, social networking, big data and robotics. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, CNN.com, InformationWeek, CIO, Computerworld, Network World and a range of cut-and-paste content-aggregation sites.

Cable Companies' A La Carte Plan Seems Like a Bait-and-Switch

Cable providers want to be able to cut some of the channels that are now part of their normal packages and turn those into premium channels like HBO or Starz.

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Which VPN Anonymity Providers Keep Secrets

Analysis: Levels of nobility and respectability seem to vary a bit in this industry; it's best to double-check the reliability of someone you plan to trust with your most sensitive secrets.

If You Use It, Mobile Malware Will Come

IT people who try to secure mobile devices in a big company face three big conceptual problems.

HTC Unlocks Its Phones

Analysis: The company is sticking with Android even though Google is acquiring one of HTC's competitors -- but the handset maker has some other cards to play.

Positive Trend in Malware: Rootkit Developers Killing Each Other's Code

For the second time a malware variant comes back to kill its parent and take over its zombies

VMware Licensing Change Opens Doors for Competing Providers

When VMware announced last week that it would loosen the radical change in price structure it announced only a month ago, it was doing more than mollifying a few disgruntled customers.

IT Jobs: Winners and Losers in the Cloud Era

We survey the cloud's effects on nine classes of IT jobs: Architects and sys admins win, middle managers and tech specialists lose -- what about you?

News of the World Cell Phone Hack: How it's Done

Not that we condone it, but it's appallingly easy to hack into mobile devices. Is yours secure?

Spear Phishing: More than Spam, it's Espionage

Analysis: This form of cybercrime is gaining momentum, and it works in some of the same ways as espionage.

Latest Hack Shows Sony Didn't Plug Holes

LulzSec, thanks for revealing Sony hypocrisy; now can you stop punishing its customers?

FCC May Weigh Phone Data Caps

Analysis: AT&T in particular "seeks to turn caps into a profit center" a consumer group complains.

Furniture Company Accused of Webcam-Spying on Customers

No-uninstall remote-monitor kept eye on customers, who respond to the attention with a lawsuit

Can Netflix Kill Illegal Downloads?

Analysis: TorrentFreak suggests legal movie streaming will reduce the illegal kind.

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5 Virtualization Management Tips to Live By

IT organization and management issues are turning out to be nearly as important as the virtualization technology itself to making large-scale virtual-server migrations effective.

Two Open-Source Cloud Standards: What It Means to You

Where does open source fit in the cloud world?