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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.

Application services meet up with SDN in the cloud

Enterprises and service providers are looking beyond collections of boxes and toward virtual data centers that are better at growing and changing, and now application services such as security and acceleration are about to fit into that picture as well.

Chinese professor builds Li-Fi system with retail parts

The equipment is big and expensive, with the research costs at almost US$500,000. But by just using retail components, Chinese professor Chi Nan has built her own Li-Fi wireless system that can use LED lights to send and receive Internet data.

Senate panel approves bill to continue NSA surveillance

The proposed bill would allow the NSA to continue collecting millions of U.S. telephone records, despite an outcry that the program violates the U.S. Constitution.

Africa to lead the world in international bandwidth demand

Africa is home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, including Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire and Rwanda, according to the World Bank.

Cable modems prep for 10-Gbit connections with new specs

CableLabs releases the specs for DOCSIS 3.1, which in theory will allow for 10 Gbps downloads to your home.

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Intel gets serious about 4G LTE with new chip

The ZMM 7160 processor lets phones and tablets connect to 4G LTE networks in North America, Asia, and Europe.

Sprint taps into its spectrum for fast LTE, with room to grow

Sprint is talking up a high-speed service it calls Sprint Spark, which offers current peak speeds of 50-60Mbps and has the potential to top 1GBps.

Tom Wheeler confirmed as new chief of US FCC

The U.S. Senate confirmed Tuesday the nomination of a new chairman to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Cloud-based SMB network startup adds app store for services

Startup Pertino plans to flesh out its cloud-based network service with additional services such as security and deep-packet inspection.

FCC lays down spectrum rules for national first-responder network

The national network, which will operate in the prized 700MHz band, is intended to replace a patchwork of systems used by about 60,000 public safety agencies around the country.

Oracle eyes optical links as final frontier of data-center scaling

Oracle is exploring silicon photonics, an optical technology drawing widespread interest, as a potential weapon in the battle against data-center power consumption.