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FCC app lets consumers check how mobile broadband providers stack up

The mobile app will help users measure the broadband speed they get, providing aggregate data to FCC.

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You can now access in-flight 3G and 4G broadband in Europe

The European Commission gave airlines permission to offer their passengers Internet access via 3G and 4G connections while in flight.

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Cisco issues grim forecast after falling short on revenue

The networking giant expects its revenue this quarter to fall between 8 percent and 10 percent from a year earlier.

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Cisco first-quarter revenue falls short as profit drops from last year

It's a rare miss for the networking giant, which is considered one of the bellwethers of the tech industry.

Next-gen HTTP 2.0 protocol will require HTTPS encryption (most of the time)

The future of the Web is encryption, though there are still some technical details to work out.

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Vodafone increases network investments to give its European fortunes a boost

Vodafone now plans to invest $11.1 billion in network and service improvements to turn around its sagging service revenue in Europe.

Canadian merger to form bigger player in business communications

Size matters in the unified communications business, according to Mitel Networks and Aastra Technologies, two Canadian vendors that plan to merge early next year.

Study: Netflix, YouTube traffic on the rise; peer-to-peer file sharing nears extinction

Netflix and YouTube now consume just over half of all downstream traffic in North America, according to a study by networking equipment company Sandvine.

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British spies reportedly spoofed LinkedIn, Slashdot to target network engineers

British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) reportedly used spoofed LinkedIn and Slashdot pages to compromise the computers of network engineers working for global roaming exchange providers based in Europe.

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Internet engineers urge security against online spies

The IETF has discussed what it could do to turn its plan to protect the web from government spying into action.

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All about beamforming, the faster Wi-Fi you didn't know you needed

It focuses the signal for faster transmission, and it's built into many of the latest 802.11ac routers.

Report: CIA pays AT&T for international call data

AT&T supplies information on international calls that travel over its network, including ones that start or end in the U.S., under a voluntary contract with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, The New York Times reported Thursday.

'LiFi' uses LEDs for blazing fast data transfer

Unlike traditional Wi-Fi routers which use radio signals, this system relies on light to send and receive data wirelessly.

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Wi-Fi mobile data provider Karma moving to Sprint's LTE network

Karma, the startup that offers pay-as-you-go mobile data through a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, will catch up with the 4G world next year by moving to LTE.

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Spike in traffic with TCP source port zero has some researchers worried

A significant increase this weekend in TCP traffic with source port zero detected could be part of reconnaissance efforts in preparation for more serious attacks, according to security researchers from Cisco Systems.