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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Standards groups strike a deal to help smart devices talk to each other

The Open Interconnect Consortium is acquiring the assets of the Universal Plug and Play Forum as they seek to foster interoperability in home IoT.

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Facebook building a 100-gigabit switch to keep up with video, VR traffic

Facebook is more than doubling the speed of its Wedge open-source network switch, which is good news both for Facebook users and for anyone who may want to build a 100-gigabit switch.

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Smart home security could come from a glowing rock next year

Home IoT security startup Dojo-Labs thinks it can reduce the complexity of a home full of connected devices to three colors: red, orange, and green.

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HP Enterprise teams up with Intel for IoT edge computing

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the latest partner to work with Intel on the Internet of Things, announcing it will develop products for computing at the edges of networks.

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EMC helps VMAX, VNX storage arrays hook up with public clouds

On Tuesday, EMC introduced automatic tiering of data from its VMAX and VNX systems to public clouds including Microsoft Azure, Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Platform.

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IoT goes above and below ground to make cities healthier

Smart cities could become healthier cities as the Internet of Things learns to gauge conditions from the sky to the sewer.

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Nest-backed Thread Group ready to start approving smart devices that talk to each other

The Alphabet-backed Thread Group is now certifying products that use its networking protocol for connected devices, marking a big step toward a home Internet of Things that can communicate.

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T-Mobile's Binge On frees Netflix and Hulu from data caps, but not YouTube

T-Mobile USA will exempt a list of video streaming services from monthly data caps with Binge On, a feature that could let some subscribers watch more clips and shows without buying a more expensive plan.


Look for an Internet of 30 Percent More Things next year

If you think the Internet's busy now, just wait until next year. Gartner estimates there will be 6.4 billion connected devices in 2016, up 30 percent from this year.

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What to do for privacy after Safe Harbor? Syncplicity has an idea

Cloud storage and collaboration company Syncplicity will help customers make sure European data stays in Europe with a new set of features.

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Supreme Court won't hear appeal on privacy of cellphone location data

The U.S. Supreme Court won't rule on whether the government needs a warrant to collect cellphone location information, dealing a setback to data privacy advocates.

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Verizon may be looking to shed its enterprise business for $10 billion

Verizon Communications is considering a sale of its enterprise assets for as much as US$10 billion, according to a Reuters report on Friday.

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Sprint WiMax network users won't get cut off today thanks to court-ordered reprieve

A court ruling has put off the end for Sprint's WiMax network, which was scheduled to shut down on Friday after a rocky seven-year history.

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Five things you should know about unlicensed LTE

Here are five things you should know about unlicensed LTE, the concept of sending 4G cell traffic over channels also used by Wi-Fi and other networks.

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Inventing 5G networks is hard work - but there's time for play, too

New efforts at developing future 5G mobile technology include a planned series of meetings to reach international consensus and the opening of an R&D "playground" at Korea's SK Telecom.