Paul McNamara

News Editor

In addition to my editing duties, I have written Buzzblog since January, 2006 and wrote the 'Net Buzz column in Network World's dearly departed print edition for 13 years. Feel free to e-mail me at pmcnamara@nww.com.

iPhone 7 Rumor Rollup: ‘actual’ renders; 3 not 2 versions; 4 never-going-to-happens

‘It’s time to take a stand’

‘It’s time to take a stand’

“It’s time to take a stand,” says Redditor Grnslv, posting at r/iiiiiiitttttttttttt, “a subreddit dedicated specifically for Information Technology rage!”

Verizon, unions agree to involve federal mediator in contact talks

Verizon, unions agree to involve federal mediator in contact talks

Verizon and union leaders have agreed to continue stalled contract negotiations with the assistance of a federal mediator who has on her resume decades of experience as general counsel for a major union.

Washington nudges Verizon, striking unions back to bargaining table

Washington nudges Verizon, striking unions back to bargaining table

Verizon management and some 40,000 striking employees have agreed to return to the bargaining table tomorrow after the weekend intervention of U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.

Replacement Verizon worker charged with running over striker, hitting officer

Replacement Verizon worker charged with running over striker, hitting officer

A Verizon worker picketing in Westborough, MA was struck by a pickup truck operated by a replacement worker who police say was driving on a suspended Florida license … allegedly while intoxicated … at just past 8 o’clock Thursday...

Geek-themed Meme: a gamer’s lament

Geek-themed Meme: a gamer’s lament

Not being much of a gamer, I consulted with a few teenagers regarding this installment of our Geek-Themed Meme of the Week series, and, yes, it would seem that this is a common complaint.

Man who entombed Verizon worker gets probation, anger management

Man who entombed Verizon worker gets probation, anger management

Judge goes easy on Massachusetts man who locked a Verizon worker inside of an underground utility vault in 2013.

What? No Cisco McPartnersFace?

My first thought yesterday upon seeing that Cisco Partners was asking its Twitter audience to help name its new blog was, “What, have these people learned nothing from the Boaty McBoatface kerfuffle?”

Twitter #PassesNoteToFlightAttendant, geeky laughter ensues

Twitter #PassesNoteToFlightAttendant, geeky laughter ensues

Perhaps you noticed the story last week about an economics professor whose math scribblings prior to takeoff from Philadelphia alarmed a paranoid ninny sitting next to him.

How news was delivered aboard a cruise ship in 1998

How news was delivered aboard a cruise ship in 1998

Housecleaning yesterday unearthed this miniature 8-page publication called TimesFax, which was delivered to me by the New York Times aboard a cruise ship somewhere in the Caribbean on May 23, 1998.

Take a look at Boston’s runaway train barreling through two stops without a driver

Take a look at Boston’s runaway train barreling through two stops without a driver

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has released surveillance camera video of an unintentionally driverless Red Line train zipping through two commuter stops in December, a potential catastrophe triggered by the...

Verizon strike taking trickle-down toll on business customers

Verizon strike taking trickle-down toll on business customers

With the strike by Verizon union members now in its fourth week – and no settlement appearing near -- frustrations born of service delays and cancelations remain primarily the bane of consumers, although business customers are also...

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