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.

Security

Cyberattack prediction: Hackers will target a US election next year

A major cyberattack next year will target a U.S. election, security expert Bruce Schneier predicts.

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IoT startup Afero goes end to end for security

Internet of Things startup Afero says it can secure small and large IoT devices with a Bluetooth radio module and a cloud service.

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Dell maneuvers toward EMC takeover with no rivals in sight

It looks like the Dell-EMC wedding is on: EMC says it hasn't gotten any better proposals, and Dell reportedly is trying to shed Perot Systems to trim down for those photos.

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Anonymous says it took down Trump Tower website

The online activist group Anonymous said it took down the Trump Tower website on Friday after it warned presidential candidate Donald Trump about his statements on banning Muslims from entering the U.S.

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The latest IoT network builds on a power-grid foundation

New networks being built with far less fanfare than mobile carriers' cell coverage will connect objects that in some cases have never been linked before, like street lights and traffic cameras. The latest, called Starfish, is now debuting in Silicon Valley.

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Cisco's Spark grows into a phone and meeting platform for the cloud

Cisco Systems is reinventing its collaboration tools from the bottom up, turning the lowly Spark text-messaging app into a cloud-based platform that includes videoconferencing and the core features of an enterprise phone system.

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This chipset may prevent a network cacophony in your smart home

Choosing smart-home products might get easier a year from now thanks to a Broadcom chipset that will be able to work with several competing network systems.

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The merged NXP and Freescale will make cars smarter from bumper to bumper

The US$40 billion NXP-Freescale merger creates one supplier of all the chips needed for cars as they evolve toward driving themselves, executives of the two companies say.

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Net neutrality fans and broadband backers clash in court

Both sides in the fight over U.S. net neutrality say they're confident they'll win over a federal appeals court hearing legal challenges to the FCC's actions on the hotly contested issue.

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Net neutrality could be on the line in Washington court battle

The FCC's net neutrality rules go on trial Friday as oral arguments begin in 10 lawsuits that could dramatically change the way Internet service providers are regulated.

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HP Enterprise joins battle for the edge of IoT

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has unveiled a new line of computing systems for the edges of the Internet of Things, helping enterprises make the leap into a challenging new set of technologies.

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Freescale's latest Internet of Things chip is as thin as a blade of grass

Smart cards could get smarter and fitness bands more fit with a new chip from Freescale Semiconductor that's as thin as a blade of grass.

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The world's mobile bills are getting easier to pay

Mobile broadband has gotten much more affordable in the past year, while wired Internet service has grown further out of reach for some of the world's poorest people, according to the ITU.

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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.