Stephen LawsonSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Stephen Lawson is Senior U.S. Correspondent based in San Francisco.

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Quantum networkers, watch out: Twisting light slows it down

Scientists at the University of Ottawa say twisting light into a corkscrew shape slows it down. Doing this can cut 0.1 percent off the speed of light, a tiny tap of the brakes that nevertheless could create a traffic jam for future networks and even quantum computing.

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Networked streetlamps are lighting the way to smarter cities

Huawei is getting into networked streetlamps with a system that will let third-party developers add other smart-city capabilities.

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AT&T wants the world to see its software for spinning up services

AT&T has revealed details of a software platform that makes it easier for customers to order new services, and the company may release the code as open source for other service providers to use.

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Flash is rocketing into big-data analytics

At one time, all-flash storage arrays were used for a single mission-critical application with a need for speed, usually in big IT shops. Now they're poised to take over many more parts of IT.

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Enterprise IoT services will get a boost from this buyout

Two companies that help enterprises deploy and manage Internet of Things devices are coming together for broader global reach and scale. Kore Wireless will acquire Wyless for an undisclosed price, the companies announced Wednesday.

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Facebook's open network gear hits the big time at Equinix

Facebook's open networking technology is making inroads into the data center establishment, with global giant Equinix adopting the company's Wedge switch design and an open-source architecture in some of its facilities.


3D Robotics means business with its new enterprise drone system

3D Robotics has teamed up with Sony and Autodesk to build an enterprise drone platform for capturing data about work sites.

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Industrial IoT still needs humans -- and user interfaces

General Electric Predix UI system lets enterprises develop user interfaces for applications on the company's Predix cloud platform.

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Enterprise IoT: A cost-cutter today, a money-maker tomorrow

2016 will be a big year for transitions from the first use of IoT, for internal operations, to the second type that enriches the business as a whole, according to research company Gartner.

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IoT users could win with a new bill in the US Senate

Four US senators have proposed a bill that would call on the Federal Communications Commission to study the need for more spectrum to connect Internet of Things devices.

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5G's moment is now, four years before it's scheduled to arrive

True 5G mobile networks and devices won't be here until 2020. That may seem like a long time to you or me, but for the carriers and network equipment makers at Mobile World Congress, it's time to get cracking.


Apple and the FBI will need to compromise, Cisco's CEO says

Cisco Systems CEO Chuck Robbins gave up a chance to strongly support enterprise mobility partner Apple in its fight with the FBI over iPhone encryption.

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The IoT network rivalry is heating up and going global

San Diego-based Ingenu, one of several companies and industry groups vying to connect things over power-efficient IoT networks, is going global and has licensing deals in China, Australia and other countries.

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IoT's not all futuristic: Industry pioneer Jasper makes more connections

Jasper Technologies is announcing new connected-device partnerships as its acquisition by Cisco comes together.

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IoT's new supergroup will have one code base to rule them all

The Open Connectivity Foundation will introduce a single open-source code base to take the place of the alphabet soup of standards for the Internet of Things.