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.

Facebook's quest for Internet is coming back to Earth with two wireless projects

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Facebook’s quest to improve Internet access has come down to Earth with experimental wireless gear for cities and rural areas. At the company’s F8 conference on Wednesday, Facebook networking chief Jay Parikh introduced a super-high-frequency wireless backbone called Terragraph and a 96-antenna cellular base station named Aries.

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On many IoT projects, IT shops get left behind

IT departments are playing second fiddle to operations people as enterprises tune up for the Internet of Things.

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The battle between LTE and Wi-Fi may have left LTE-U out in the cold

After more than a year of rancor over whether it would hurt Wi-Fi, a technology that lets LTE networks use unlicensed spectrum may have already missed its window of opportunity.

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Google buildings evacuated after threat

Buildings were evacuated at Google’s campus in Mountain View, California, on Friday afternoon after a threat was made against the company.

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Korea's working on a cool combination: 5G and the Winter Olympics

South Korean carrier KT has said it wants to launch the first 5G network at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. On Thursday, KT announced a successful trial of one potential 5G technology in that mountain resort region.

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Sigfox's slow but thrifty IoT network is going Down Under

Low-power IoT network vendor Sigfox announced a deal on Tuesday with a partner that will build a network across Australia and New Zealand using the French company's technology.

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This startup uses math to show whether your network is safe

How do you know your network is safe from attacks and failures? Veriflow, a startup with backing from the U.S. Defense Department, says it can make sure.

Why Nest’s Revolv hubs won’t be the last IoT devices knocked offline

Nest will shut down hubs made by Revolv on May 15, rendering the once useful smart-home hubs useless.

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Intel's new SSDs are advance scouts for cutting-edge NVMe storage tech

With its latest SSDs, Intel is paving the way for fast, standard NVMe connections in storage systems for both more and less adventurous users.

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EMC has locked down ScaleIO with its biggest update yet

EMC has added features to ScaleIO to meet the needs of plus-size customers like banks and telecommunications carriers that are adopting the software-defined storage system.

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FCC magic will turn TV channels into mobile signals

A U.S. FCC auction that began late Tuesday should end with some TV channels reassigned to cellular, helping mobile networks cover more ground and cut through walls better than they do now.

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Enterprise IoT rollouts still need outside assistance -- but new software can help

Bsquared is a small player in IoT engineering services, but it's branching out into building IoT infrastructure software. The company says its DataV software stack can make enterprise IoT deployment easier.

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Verizon's breach experts missed one right under their noses

Verizon Enterprise, a bulwark against cyberattacks at many large organizations, has suffered a security breach itself.

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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.