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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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.

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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.

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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.

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What's left of Nokia is in no rush to roll out new phones

Nokia is looking for a licensee to make a phone carrying its brand, but it's not an urgent mission at the mobile network behemoth.

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Next-gen 5G data tech could be done long before 2020

5G mobile technology will start to get defined "in real terms" by the end of this year, Suri said at a press briefing Sunday on the eve of Mobile World Congress.

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Ericsson working with AWS to make carriers more agile

Ericsson and Amazon Web Services are partnering to help service providers use the AWS cloud to quickly roll out and expand services in areas like the Internet of Things.