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Single sign-on moves to the cloud
We are awash in passwords, and as the number of Web services increases, things are only going to get worse. Trying to manage all these individual passwords is a major problem for enterprise security. Many end users cope by re-using their passwords, which exposes all sorts of security holes.


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Want an iPhone 5? You might get tasered first.
The demand for iPhone 5s is amazing and the dangers of overseas grey markets appear to have got a Chinese woman from Massachusetts tasered. Really.

BlackBerry blacklists the 'Pooh' gang
A report surfaced recently contending that BlackBerry OS 10 will include a list of 106 prohibited passwords designed to prevent the clueless from choosing the likes of 123456, blackberry, or the ever-popular "password" as their password.

The Coolest Tools of 2012
With the last column of the year, instead of doing some additional reviews I wanted to present a list of my favorite devices/gadgets that I tried during the year. If you still haven't completed your holiday shopping yet, there's still some time left to try and grab one of these.

13 events that defined Cisco's 2012
 From software defined networking challenges to killing Cius and corporate restricting moves, it was a busy year for Cisco.

Nicira CTO shares sneak peek of company's SDN plans
Nicira, the software-defined networking (SDN) startup that VMware purchased for $1.2 billion earlier this year, plans to release an SDN product that runs independent of the underlying hypervisor and hardware that will work in VMware environments and beyond.

Microsoft: What it did right and wrong in 2012
At this writing Windows 8 could be the biggest thing Microsoft has done wrong -- ever. But it could also wind up being one of the best things it has ever done.

Juniper buys SDN startup for $176M
Juniper Networks this week acquired Contrail Systems, a startup that makes controllers for software-defined networks, for $176 million in cash and stock.

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