Stephen LawsonSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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Free network software might radically change how routing works

Startup 128 Technology is a fundamentally different approach to routing, one that the company says will make networking simpler and more secure.

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This startup may have built the world's fastest networking switch chip

Barefoot Networks is making what it calls a fully programmable switch platform. It calls the Tofino series of switch chips the world’s fastest, at 6.5Tbps (bits per second). Plus, its architecture gives networking vendors near-total freedom to develop new switching software.

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iPhones are about to get plugged into enterprises with Cisco's help

Apple and Cisco Systems have fleshed out their plans to make iOS devices work better in enterprises and said the new capabilities will be available in the fall.

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HPE's new converged IoT systems bring horsepower to the edge

Hewlett Packard Enterprise made its latest bid for edge computing on Wednesday with what it calls the first converged systems for IoT, the Edgeline EL1000 and EL4000.

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Emergency responders might share their LTE network with the rest of us

The national LTE network for public safety that’s planned for the U.S. might also boost cellphone performance with a network-sharing system proposed by a startup.

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Four top innovators are leaving Cisco

Four Cisco Systems executives who led “spin-in” ventures that became important parts of the company have resigned.

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Google's Nest may become a different kind of IoT company after CEO Fadell leaves

Nest co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell is leaving the company, a move may mark a shift in strategy for one of the early stars of the Internet of Things.

Money

NetApp's new SolidFire software option is buy once, use anywhere

NetApp's SolidFire division, a recent acquisition focused on all-flash technology, is introducing a way for customers to buy its software and hardware separately. As their needs grow and change, enterprises will be able to use the same software licenses across multiple sites and machines.

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IBM and Cisco are taking IoT analytics to the edge

IBM and Cisco Systems have worked out how to run components of IBM’s Watson IoT analytics on Cisco edge devices. This will bring more intelligence closer to where the action is, helping enterprises run things like factories and oil rigs more efficiently.

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Atari's going to build IoT devices that talk over a low-power network

The latest entrant in the Internet of Things is legendary gaming company Atari, which plans to make consumer devices that communicate over the SigFox low-power network.

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Staring at your phone? The next ARM chips are just for you

ARM, the company behind the architecture of most mobile processors, created its next-generation chip designs for sustained high performance and longer battery life.

Cloud

Juniper's new access switches add to its cloud-focused lineup

Juniper Networks’ Unite architecture is living up to its name, bringing more enterprise network gear into its system for simplified management and scaling. The latest additions to the lineup are entry-level and midrange access switches that also include other features for ease of use.

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IoT security is getting its own crash tests

The thousands of endpoints in IoT systems may have to protect themselves against thousands of dangers. A decades-old IT lab wants to tell you if they’re up to the task.

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Afraid of floods and hackers? Put your data in space

Cloud Constellation's SpaceBelt is a startup planning satellite-based data centers. With room for petabytes of data, they may start orbiting Earth as early as 2019. But when it comes to keeping secrets safe from the long arm of the law, the black void may not be far enough.

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Cisco's Meraki spreads its cloud to voice

If you manage your whole LAN in the cloud, why not add in the desk phones, too? That's what Cisco's Meraki division has done. Its first phone, the MC74, can be managed on the same dashboard Meraki provides for its switches, Wi-Fi access points, security devices and other infrastructure.