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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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


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.

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Jury orders Apple to pay $234 million in iPhone chip patent case

Apple must pay $234 million in damages for infringing a patent on technology that helped to speed up the chips in some iPhone and iPad models, a federal jury in Wisconsin concluded on Friday.

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IoT is here and mobile networks will never be the same

A coming boom in connected sensors and devices will drive mobile networks into distributed computing, the president of Bell Labs says

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AT&T's single-number service for connected devices does the carrier a favor, too

AT&T now has a way to use the same phone number for all your connected devices, a capability that could simplify some subscribers' lives but may have more to do with the carrier's own goals.

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Consumers think IoT security is a piece of cake; IT pros strongly disagree

Surveys of IT professionals and connected-device users by the security organization ISACA found that most consumers felt confident they could control security on IoT devices, while pros had the opposite view.

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Dell will buy EMC for $67 billion in record tech takeover

Dell has agreed to acquire EMC in a cash-and-shares deal valuing the company at $67 billion, the companies announced Monday.

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Wi-Fi Alliance reaches for peace over unlicensed LTE

A Wi-Fi Alliance workshop next month could start to lay the groundwork for peace between Wi-Fi and LTE promoters who have been arguing over potential interference.