Stephen LawsonSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage, and networking technologies for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Visualizations may shape smarter city development

How data is displayed can affect who helps make decisions, experts said

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EMC snaps up three startups to help build hybrid clouds

The company is acquiring Maginatics, Spanning and Cloudscaling

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Wi-Fi Passpoint standard now knits together SF, San Jose, London

The specification helps users join secure networks automatically

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FCC pushes TV spectrum auction to 2016 after legal challenge

Complexity and a court petition by broadcasters will introduce delays, FCC Chairman Wheeler said

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Wi-Fi predicts how long the security line will be at Austin airport

Using signals from passengers' devices, the system collects data that can help travelers plan ahead

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Transparency's needed to avoid smart device privacy rules, says former US official

Connected devices raise new concerns about personal data.

Ford wants to keep drivers alert on the long road to autonomous cars

Automation will gradually ease driving, but drivers will have to stay alert.

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Telephony vendor Mitel goes public with $540M bid for ShoreTel

The Canadian vendor said enterprise telephony is consolidating and it wants to be a consolidator

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Are higher frequencies mobile's next frontier? The FCC wants to know

The agency is seeking comments on using spectrum above 24GHz for extra mobile capacity

Planning the supercharged future of Ethernet: Four new speeds are in the works

Cloud providers, carriers and fast Wi-Fi users are all looking for fatter pipes

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Startup builds on Wi-Fi chips for cheaper 'last mile' to home broadband

Mimosa Networks wants to help service providers reach customers without laying fiber or copper

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Dell, HP keep moving to help carriers virtualize their networks

Both companies stand to gain if network functions virtualization upends traditional carrier systems

Jitters over US surveillance could break the Internet, tech leaders warn

Loss of trust in Internet companies could lead to protectionism and a splintered Internet, experts from major Internet companies said at a town hall meeting on Thursday.

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Sprint's long, rocky WiMax journey will end next Nov. 6

The wireless technology, once on the cutting edge, gave way to LTE.

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AllSeen Alliance's IoT crusade takes aim at smart lighting

The IoT interoperability group has formed a special lighting working group