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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Heavy industries may be the looming giants of the Internet

GE aims to help vertical industries boost productivity through IT.

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Cloud-based 'digital twins' could make power plants more efficient

General Electric is introducing the Digital Power Plant, a real-time simulation of a physical power plant that lives in the cloud and allows for better management and less downtime.

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Unlicensed LTE backers take fight to the streets

Top US carriers and network vendors have formed a coalition to defend unlicensed LTE, a technology that some opponents say could slow down Wi-Fi.

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Verizon, Qualcomm set to supply controversial unlicensed LTE starting next year

Verizon and Qualcomm are on track to extend LTE networks into Wi-Fi frequencies by the end of next year despite a heated controversy over whether that would slow down wireless LANs.

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It's official: North America is out of new IPv4 addresses

North America has finally run out of new addresses based on IPv4, the numbering system that got the Internet where it is today but is running out of space for the coming era of networking.

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U.S. drops to 55th in 4G LTE speeds

The U.S. has fallen to No. 55 in LTE performance as speeds rise rapidly in countries that have leapfrogged some early adopters of the popular cellular system, according to a study by research company OpenSignal.

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360-degree videos bring Facebook one step closer to a VR News Feed

Facebook's News Feed is now more immersive than ever thanks to 360-degree videos, which are available for desktop browsers now.

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LTE standard for Internet of Things machines gets the green light

The 3GPP has agreed to set a standard for a form of LTE that can connect millions of small, battery-powered IoT devices like sensors and meters.

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Startup Syncano wants to take some coding chores off developers' hands

Syncano will provide back-end components to front-end developers and says its service should make it easier for enterprises to write applications, including ones for the so-called Internet of Things.

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Intel's latest IoT move heats up the race for low-power networks

Intel will help commercialize a form of LTE for the Internet of Things.

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Think your meeting's important? 25 years ago, this one spawned Wi-Fi

The IEEE 802.11 Working Group began meeting 25 years ago to develop the standard that became the basis of Wi-Fi.

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Apple's tvOS: Can HomeKit apps be far behind?

The next model of the Apple TV could play a big role in Apple's connected-home strategy, even though the company said nothing about it on Wednesday.