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EU dual-use tech ban plan could classify smartphones as weapons

European Union plans to extend export licensing of so-called "dual-use" technologies to include cyber-surveillance tools could put the brakes on sales of smartphones.

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Best Deals of the Week - Deal Alert

Check out this roundup of the best deals on gadgets, gear and other cool stuff we have found this week. All items are highly rated, and dramatically discounted.

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Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint zig-zags towards success

The Wi-Fi Alliance's Passpoint certification—the release 1 features—has tipped the scales and will become a required feature for all new phones. But Passpoint release 2 may never be adopted.

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Firefox sets kill-Flash schedule

Mozilla will follow other browser markers by curtailing use of Flash in Firefox next month.

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How Apple and Facebook helped to take down KickassTorrents

It turns out a couple purchases on iTunes helped bring down the mastermind behind KickassTorrents, a popular file-sharing site.

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How new ad hoc networks will organize

Decentralized ad hoc networks, the kind we’re likely to see more of as IoT use increases, could self-discover their network size by copying ant colony behavior.

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Facebook takes a step forward with its Net-connectivity plane

Facebook's Connectivity Lab completed the first full test of Aquila, a solar-powered, unmanned aircraft that would beam Internet connectivity to remote, underserved areas of the world.

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Dell patches critical flaws in SonicWALL Global Management System

Dell has patched several critical flaws in its central management system for SonicWALL enterprise security appliances, such as firewalls and VPN gateways.

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How bandwidth thieves will be nabbed in the future

A bandwidth-theft solution that utilizes crowdsourcing has obtained funding. It promises to change how pirates stealing bandwidth on radio spectrum are caught.

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Verizon unveils ‘virtual network services’

Hard on the heels of a similar pitch from AT&T, Verizon this morning is taking the wraps off a lineup of Virtual Network Services (VNS) that it bills as a natural extension of data-center virtualization that promises enterprise WAN...

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Like AT&T, Verizon is going virtual for enterprises

On Thursday, Verizon announced enterprise services defined and activated through software, a move intended to help both the carrier and its customers save money and respond more quickly to changing needs.

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Enterprise encryption adoption up, but the devil's in the details

A new survey by the Ponemon Institute finds that enterprise-wide encryption strategies are accelerating but there are risks to consider

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Intel profit slides on costs related to layoffs

Intel's profit dropped sharply last quarter due to heavy costs from a restructuring announced in April, though sales were up thanks to the company's powerful data center group.

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Wireless on wheels? Cable can play at that game, too

When lots of people gather for concerts or sports events, cellular carriers often bring their networks to the scene with cell towers mounted on trucks, or COWs (cells on wheels). Not to be outdone, Comcast is joining the fray using...

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Windows 10 personal data collection is excessive, French privacy watchdog warns

Windows 10 breaches French law by collecting too much personal information from users and failing to secure it adequately, according to the French National Data Protection Commission (CNIL).

Auto parts supplier has big plans for its nascent IoT effort

Early benefits include a better understanding of what is happening on the shop floor, but automation is the goal

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Brake pedal data can fingerprint drivers with 87% accuracy in 15 minutes

Brake pedal sensor data is like a biometric identifier, and researchers found the data can identify who is driving a car with 87% accuracy in just 15 minutes.

Bruised by past mistakes, tech firms brace for 'leap second'

Latest leap second plan poses a dilemma for conscientious sysadmins

Conscientious sysadmins face a dilemma on December 31, when a new leap second will threaten the stability of computer systems and networks.

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