Stephen LawsonSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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AllSeen's merger with OCF brings IoT closer to common ground

Two of the main IoT standards groups have merged, probably bringing consumers closer the day when your lights, your refrigerator and the power company can all talk to each other. On Monday, the Open Connectivity Foundation and the AllSeen Alliance announced they would merge.

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Wi-Fi vs. LTE could be the start of a mobile rollercoaster

The long fight over LTE networks sharing frequencies with Wi-Fi may be just the first of many battles as device makers and service providers try to make the most of the limited available spectrum.

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Cable and telecom are rivals again with new IoT networks

Comcast and the biggest U.S. carriers are taking their long-running rivalry to the internet of things. On Wednesday, Comcast said it would launch trials of LoRa low-power network technology.

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AT&T's coming SD-WAN services will tap into FlexWare

Software is beginning to simplify one of the hardest kinds of networking: wide-area networks that link up an enterprise’s remote sites, branch offices and data centers. Now AT&T is getting in on the game.

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5G will need small cells, so Nokia is sending in the drones

If you want 5G, there’s a good chance you’ll need a small cell nearby to deliver it. Putting up that cell may be hard because of a host of problems, but Nokia Bell Labs thinks it can solve some of them with drones and tiny solar panels.

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IBM's IoT blockchain service gets ready to set sail

A massive DDOS attack and weaknesses in critical systems have put security concerns front and center in the internet of things. IBM thinks blockchain technology could lock down at least one use of IoT.

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U.S. carriers will look to LTE-U tests to protect Wi-Fi

The biggest U.S. carriers planning to deploy controversial LTE-Unlicensed technology expect to use gear that’s been tested for coexistence with Wi-Fi, their executives said Wednesday.

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Bringing IoT data into public clouds is getting easier

On Tuesday, two companies moved to help enterprises adapt their IoT data for popular cloud services. OSIsoft introduced its PI Integrator for Microsoft Azure, and Particle announced a custom integration with Google Cloud Platform.

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GE, Bosch and open source could bring more IoT tools

Partnerships that could shape the internet of things for years are being forged just as enterprises fit IoT into their long-term plans. No one vendor can meet the diverse IoT needs of all those users, so they're joining forces and also trying to foster broader ecosystems. General Electric and Germany's Bosch did both on Monday.

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Companies say IoT matters but don't agree how to secure it

A majority of enterprises say the internet of things is strategic to their business, but most still take a piecemeal approach to IoT security. Those results from a global IDC survey conducted in July and August reveal both the promise and the growing pains of IoT.

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Citigroup is cutting costs by making storage simpler

Citigroup is using software-defined storage to build an infrastructure that could last 25 years – while generations of hardware come and go. By simplifying its architecture, Citigroup expects to slash its operational expenses, which make up most of its storage costs.

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A Cisco-Salesforce deal means collaboration will come to you

Cisco will integrate its cloud-based Spark communication system and WebEx conferencing service into elements of Salesforce, one of the most widely used enterprise productivity platforms.

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Can Wi-Fi and LTE-U live together? The tests are ready

On Wednesday, the Wi-Fi Alliance released a test plan for LTE-Unlicensed products, which would bring 4G cellular to unlicensed spectrum bands that Wi-Fi users depend on.

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Industrial IoT is inching toward a consensus on security

The Industrial Internet Consortium, a group that includes some of the biggest players in the internet of things, took action on Monday to clear the air around industrial IoT security. It rolled out the Industrial Internet Security Framework, a set of best practices to help developers and users assess risks and defend against them.

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Falling flash prices are a boon to enterprise storage buyers

As flash gets cheaper, enterprises are spending the same amount of money on storage systems but getting more capacity.