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FAQ: The FCC's Net Neutrality vote, for the IT crowd

By Jon Gold | 24 February, 2015 09:05

The FCC on Thursday, Feb. 26 is set to vote on new broadband regulations that would require ISPs to practice Network Neutrality.  Here's the lowdown on this hot political and technical topic:

Is the Samsung Galaxy S6 about to become the coolest Android phone ever?

By Jon Gold | 20 February, 2015 23:28

Gauging what a smartphone is going to look like before its released is sort of like solving one of those toss-up puzzles on Wheel of Fortune the answer gets clearer the longer you wait.

Torvalds: ‘People who start writing kernel code get hired really quickly'

By Jon Gold | 19 February, 2015 02:43

Now more than ever, the development of the Linux kernel is a matter for the professionals, as unpaid volunteer contributions to the project reached their lowest recorded levels in the latest "Who Writes Linux" report, which was released today.

Google's new open-source PerfKit framework watches cloud application performance

By Jon Gold | 12 February, 2015 06:23

Google's latest foray into the open-source realm is a framework it's calling "PerfKit," which is designed to measure application performance in the cloud, the company announced Wednesday.

100G interconnect hooks UConn into massive research databases

By Jon Gold | 11 February, 2015 23:45

The University of Connecticut announced yesterday that it has connected a new 100G fiber link, giving its faculty an improved ability to collaborate with others around the world on data-intensive research projects.

Tech Ad Watch: CTIA makes dumb, poorly-staged video to protest Title II

By Jon Gold | 06 February, 2015 09:13

And here I thought we were done with issue ads for at least a few more months, before the insanity of the 2016 elections really takes off. Thanks to apparent coming of Net Neutrality/Title II regulations for the wireless industry, however, CTIA has come out with this half-hearted whimper of advocacy (see video here or below):

Three fights Big Telecom is losing -- and what that might mean for IT

By Jon Gold | 06 February, 2015 05:11

It's been an unusually tough few months for Big Telecom. The industry, which enjoys a generally friendly regulatory climate, has plenty of influence in Congress and with state and local governments across the country.

FCC banks nearly $45 billion in landmark AWS-3 spectrum auction

By Jon Gold | 30 January, 2015 07:08

The FCC announced today that Auction 97 spectrum auction has closed after roughly two and a half months, with winning bids totaling $44.9 billion for the 65MHz of mostly AWS-3 range. That figure is far and away the highest ever seen in a spectrum auction.

Mayors of Boston, Seattle, KC, others: No more muni broadband restrictions, please

By Jon Gold | 30 January, 2015 05:37

A group of 38 mayors and other elected officials from cities like Boston, Seattle, and Kansas City Thursday urged the FCC to strike down state laws that restrict the development of public high-speed Internet services and allow municipal networks to flourish.

Study: Stop blaming Twitter for your stress

By Jon Gold | 16 January, 2015 02:06

Social media, on its own, probably doesn't explain why you're stressed out, according to a study released today by the Pew Research Center.

In Pictures: Seven notable Raspberry Pi rivals

By Jon Gold | 13 January, 2015 09:03

Everyone wants a piece of the Pi.

Qualcomm, Intel and Brocade join group pushing 2.5G, 5G Ethernet

By Jon Gold | 16 December, 2014 23:20

The NBASE-T Alliance -- a recently formed umbrella group of networking industry players dedicated to keeping standard Ethernet cabling relevant -- announced a dozen new members on Monday, including big names such as Intel, Qualcomm and Brocade.

Riverbed goes private in US$3.6 billion deal

By Jon Gold | 16 December, 2014 06:28

Riverbed Technology is the latest major tech company to bow out of public trading, announcing a US$3.6 billion takeover by private equity firm Thoma Bravo on Monday. The price is the highest ever paid by Thoma Bravo, and works out to $21 for each share of Riverbed currently in circulation.

VCs bet $33M you'll want to use Avi Networks' white box hardware for app delivery

By Jon Gold | 11 December, 2014 09:09

Avi Networks, a network startup formed by ex-Cisco executives and backed by $33 million in venture capital, came out of stealth Wednesday with the announcement of a system designed to boost the performance of enterprise applications accessed via the cloud and mobile devices.

Network slowdowns are the biggest issue for IT, survey shows

By Jon Gold | 03 December, 2014 07:49

The single most common issue faced by the IT pros surveyed recently by Kelton Research is network slowdowns or outages, which outstripped application performance problems, availability and even the dreaded "unanticipated change request."