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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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.

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LTE can compete with upstart IoT networks, Verizon says

Much of the Internet of Things will run on the same networks that smartphones use, because they are getting more efficient, cellular giant Verizon says.

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Verizon lights a fire under Internet of Things devices

Verizon on Wednesday launched ThingSpace, a platform for application development, device management and other tasks required to make IoT offerings a reality.

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IBM, Jasper connect IoT devices in the field to analytics behind the scenes

Jasper Technologies has been connecting Internet of Things gear for years. A new partnership with IBM will help companies do more with the data that comes out of those devices.

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Power-sipping San Francisco network could have IoT devices buzzing

San Francisco will help French network builder SigFox implement a low-power, wide-area infrastructure for the Internet of Things

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Someone just bought your smart home. Did they get your data, too?

The Online Trust Alliance has joined with the U.S. National Association of Realtors to create a security checklist for moving in or out of a smart home.

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FCC looks to higher frequencies for 5G mobile

On Thursday, the FCC adopted a proposal to make four high-frequency spectrum bands available for services including mobile voice and data and machine-to-machine communication.

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Storage giants get bigger, but prices will stay small as Western Digital buys SanDisk

Western Digital's planned US$19 billion acquisition of SanDisk won't impede the competition that has made storage a good deal for buyers.

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Cyber insurers could help drive Internet of Things standards

Cyber insurance premiums could prove a big driver of Internet of Things standards as insurers look for strong, widely used tools to protect against data breaches, IoT experts say.

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Internet of Things standards groups get ready to rumble at CES

The AllSeen Alliance and the Open Interconnect Consortium are on track to have certified products at CES in January.