Stephen LawsonIDG News Service

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for the IDG News Service.

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Intel pushes speed, reliability claims with unveiling of MXC cable

The interconnect, which Intel is calling MXC, is designed to offer high speed with a long reach and a relatively low cost.

Verizon eyes combined wired-mobile services, won't go into Canada

Verizon Wireless has no plans to expand into the Canadian mobile market, the head of its parent company said on Tuesday in the wake of a deal to bring all of the wireless subsidiary under Verizon Communications.

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Verizon shells out $130 billion to Vodafone for mobile unit

Verizon Communications has reached an agreement to buy Vodafone Group's 45 percent stake in its Verizon Wireless subsidiary for $130 billion.

Will software-defined networking doom the command line interface?

Networks defined by software may require more coding than command lines, leading to changes on the job.


Verizon Wireless buyout drive is all about the dollar signs

U.S. mobile users aren't likely to see a difference if Verizon buys Vodafone's share of its mobile business.

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Vodafone confirms talks on selling its Verizon Wireless stake

Vodafone confirmed the talks Thursday in response to media reports that the companies were discussing a possible deal worth more than $100 billion.


VMware's virtualization quest could help shake up storage, too

The company is pitching several upcoming storage technologies at VMworld alongside its NSX network hypervisor.

HP, Juniper to help VMware take on networks with NSX

VMware's big splash in software-defined networking with its NSX network hypervisor comes with partnerships already in place to flesh out its virtual networks.

Qualcomm to sell Omnitracs fleet management unit

Qualcomm has agreed to sell its Omnitracs fleet management subsidiary, one of its first businesses and one of the earliest vehicle information networks, to a private equity company for US$800 million in cash.

HP replaces enterprise chief, posts Q3 sales drop

Hewlett-Packard reassigned Enterprise Group chief Dave Donatelli on Wednesday as it reported an 8 percent decline in revenue for its fiscal third quarter, saying all of its major divisions except software brought in less money than a year earlier.


Smartphone interference tackled by Kansas startup

Future smartphones could gain numerous benefits from algorithms to fight interference, developed by a little-known startup in Lawrence, Kansas, that last week drew closer to implementing the technology in devices.



Cisco's 4,000 job cuts won't touch new acquisition Sourcefire

Employees of the security company that Cisco bought last month for $2.7 billion won't be affected by planned belt-tightening, Cisco says.


Cisco to slash 4,000 jobs in bid to move faster

Cisco disclosed the “rebalancing” plan during a conference call to discuss financial results.


Cisco posts revenue, profit gains, continues push beyond networks

Cisco Systems continues its push to transcend its networking roots and become the world's top IT company.

Facebook eyes 'cold flash' to store those old baby pictures

Facebook wants to use a new type of flash for long-term storage of data such as photos and videos.