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Apple, Cisco, AT&T join MS in opposing warrants on international data

06/16, 11:32am

Court ruling could have impacts on global security

Apple, Cisco, and AT&T have filed amicus curiae briefs in support of Microsoft's appeal of court decision that could force it to turn over email from an Irish customer to US law enforcement. Magistrate Judge James Francis IV ordered Microsoft to supply the data based on the Stored Communications Act, even though the content in question not only belongs to an Irish person but is stored on servers in Dublin. Microsoft has argued that this violates the SCA, international law, and treaties the US has signed that govern how to handle requests for data on foreign citizens.

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Industry bigwigs launch OpenSSL-fixing Core Infrastructure Initiative

04/24, 1:16pm

New organization to fund open source projects that have wide importance

The Linux Foundation today announced it has formed a new project to fund and support critical elements of the global information infrastructure, namely OpenSSL. The newly-formed Core Infrastructure Initiative enables technology companies to collaboratively identify and fund open-source projects that are in need of assistance, while allowing the developers to continue their work under open-source community norms. Founding backers of the Initiative include Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, VMware and The Linux Foundation.

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Cisco jumping into cloud computing, paying $1 billion to grow business

03/24, 10:57am

Capital investment intended to compete against Amazon, Microsoft

Networking company Cisco is commencing an initiative to enter the cloud computing industry. The giant has announced plans to launch Cisco Cloud Services, a program similar to Amazon's distributed offering, with a capital expenditure of $1 billion over the next two years.

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Cisco, Motorola, Netgear pay off IP Ventures, settle for $2.7 million

02/06, 10:57pm

Patent troll sued end users of networking gear, settlement prevents further action

Networking hardware manufacturer Cisco has struck a deal with non-practicing entity Innovatio IP Ventures to settle a suit and protect commercial and potentially home users of its hardware. Together with Netgear and Motorola, have agreed to pay IP Ventures 3.2 cents for 85 million pieces of network gear, netting the patent troll $2.7 million.

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Apple, others ask Supreme Court for measures against patent abuse

02/05, 1:07pm

Companies want easier time recouping legal fees

A collection of companies -- including Apple, Google, Yahoo, Intel, Cisco, and Facebook -- are asking the US Supreme Court for measures to help deter frivolous patent lawsuits, Bloomberg reports. In particular, the companies are seeking to change the language used to determine when a defendant can claim coverage of legal fees from a plaintiff. The current standard allows coverage only if a suit is ruled "objectively baseless" and filed in bad faith.

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Google, Cisco sign long-term patent cross-licensing agreement

02/04, 2:34pm

Patent deal reduces threat of litigation for both Cisco and Google

Google and Cisco have signed a cross-licensing agreement for each others patent portfolios. The long-term agreement, which is said to cover a "broad range of products and technologies," is said to help both companies defend themselves from future patent infringement lawsuits as well as preventing the two companies from suing each other.

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Cisco beats Wall Street financial estimates, still laying off 4,000

08/14, 5:58pm

Layoffs of five percent of its workforce begins in 2014

Following its quarterly financial information conference call, Cisco CEO John Chambers revealed that the Silicon Valley giant will cut 4,000 jobs, or five percent of its workforce, starting in 2014. The company announced profit of $2.8 billion on sales of $12.4 billion for its fourth quarter, beating Wall Street estimates, but falling short of the company's own guidance.

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Cisco acquires cybersecurity company Sourcefire in $2.7B deal

07/23, 11:34am

Sourcefire purchase will bolster Cisco corporate security range

Cisco has announced it has acquired Sourcefire, a company specializing in providing cybersecurity products to companies. The $2.7 billion purchase will bring the employees from the Maryland-based security firm into the Cisco Security Group, in a move that could help Cisco improve its corporate network security offerings.

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Google, Yahoo, Cisco under scrutiny after Apple tax avoidance hearing

05/22, 11:31am

Large tech companies hide funds in Cayman Islands, Switzerland

Large tech firms are coming under scrutiny over their tax avoidance measures, following the testimony of Apple executives to a US Senate Permanent Subcommittee. Google, Yahoo, Cisco, and other multinational corporations have been found to be using an assortment of tax loopholes and off-shoring in order to avoid paying governments in the US and Europe at least $100 billion.

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Cisco slashes 500 positions from its workforce

03/28, 7:48pm

Move part of regular program to keep workforce aligned with needs

Earlier this week, network equipment manufacturer Cisco announced a cut of 500 jobs. The move was made as part of the company's periodic reassessment of needs and manpower. Most of the positions lost relate to the company's alliance with EMC and other superfluous data center positions. Cisco's worldwide workforce totals nearly 73,000 people.

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Cisco hit with $70 million in damages for patent fraud

03/23, 7:30pm

Jury finds Cisco owes XpertUniverse $70 million

A jury on Friday evening hit networking technology giant Cisco with a $70 million damages verdict for patent fraud. Reuters reported Friday that the jury found Cisco to have fraudulently obtained technology developed by XpertUniverse. Cisco was also found to have violated two XpertUniverse patents, with an additional $34,000 in damages awarded due to those claims.

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Belkin finalizes deal to acquire Linksys

03/15, 5:18pm

Merged companies hold 30 percent of US home networking market

As expected, Belkin has finalized the deal to purchase Cisco's home networking business unit. Belkin is going to maintain the Linksys brand and all associated services, and will support Cisco's products -- including warranty support and repair. With the acquisition, Belkin now holds 30 percent of the entire US home and small business networking market.

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VirnetX loses patent infringement case against Cisco

03/15, 10:49am

Demand for $258 million in damages rejected by jury

Cisco has won in a patent infringement trial against patent-licensing firm VirnetX. A jury in a Texas court found in favor of Cisco Systems, confirming that it did not infringe on VirnetX Holding Corp's patents relating to secure network communications, and rejecting a demand from VirnetX for $258 million in damages.

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Google grows, Apple reduces US lobbying cash in 2012

02/18, 2:40pm

Major tech companies wield influence on American government

Google increased the amount it spent on lobbying the US government 90 percent year-over-year in 2012, according to data compiled by Fortune. The company ended up spending $18.22 million, easily beating out any other American technology firm. Microsoft, in fact, came in second place with $8.09 million, despite likewise increasing its spending. Other major tech businesses that funneled more money toward lobbying last year included HP, Facebook, and Amazon.

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Cisco beats Wall Street estimate, posts $3.1 billion revenue

02/13, 8:30pm

Nearly $1 billion from reintroduction of federal tax credit

Networking company Cisco today reported its second quarter results for the period that concluded on January 26, 2013. Cisco reported second quarter net sales of $12.1 billion, and net income of $3.1 billion or $0.59 per share -- beating Wall Street's conservative estimates handily. The company included total tax benefits of approximately $926 million related to a tax settlement with the Internal Revenue Service from a recent reinstatement of a research tax credit at the beginning of the year.

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Belkin arranging to purchase Linksys brand from Cisco

01/24, 7:45pm

Deal consolidates large percentage of US home networking market

Computer accessory manufacturer Belkin revealed on Thursday that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Cisco's home networking business unit, including the Linksys brand and all associated products. Belkin intends to maintain the Linksys brand, and will continue to support all of Cisco's products in the sector, including warranty support and replacement.

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Cisco to buy network optimization firm Intucell for $475M

01/23, 12:41pm

Israel-based company specializes in software-defined networking

Network equipment manufacturer Cisco is intending to acquire Israel-based networking software producer Intucell for $475 million. The deal would give Cisco more options to offer its customers in terms of software-defined networking, as well as access to Intucell's existing agreements with telecommunications companies such as AT&T, something that Intucell provides some of the infrastructure for.

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Cisco sued over 'Tomorrow Starts Here' advertising campaign

01/11, 11:29am

East Carolina University claims trademark infringed by Cisco

Cisco is being sued for trademark infringement over one of its marketing campaigns. East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina has announced the start of legal proceedings in a federal court, over the use of the slogan 'Tomorrow Starts Here' in a Cisco campaign shown on television, print publications, augmented reality, and also online.

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Cox reveals future live streaming, remote control iPad app

01/09, 7:27am

Video recommendations offered to eight app users

Cox Communications has shown off a new version of its mobile app, which it hopes will give a more personalized TV experience to customers. Jointly developed with Cisco, the new mobile application will offer access to 90 live TV channels, on demand content, personalized video recommendations, and will also function as a remote control for the Cox TV program guide, Trio.

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Report: Cisco hiring Barclays to assist in Linksys offload

12/17, 5:50pm

Cisco expected to fetch far less than $500 million on the sale

According to industry sources, Cisco Systems has hired Barclays to find a buyer for its home networking division Linksys. Reportedly, Cisco is planning on divesting itself of the home router manufacturer as part of its strategy to exit consumer-level businesses while expanding in technology services, and other corporate solutions.

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Cisco to buy Cariden Technologies for $141

11/29, 1:04pm

Cisco to buy network traffic-management software company

Cisco announced today that it would be purchasing Cariden Technologies, a privately-held traffic management software maker. The networking giant will pay about $141 million in total for Cariden, which supplies network planning and design solutions for telecoms. The move is Cisco's third major acquisition in a month.

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Cisco buys cloud-networking service Meraki for $1.2 Bn

11/18, 10:18pm

MIT research project bought for networking know-how

Cisco has acquired cloud startup Meraki for a reported $1.2 billion. The deal, entirely in cash, sees the networking giant take control of the networking infrastructure service, which offers mid-sized organizations on-site Wi-Fi networking, security, and cloud-based management software at a relatively low cost.

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Cisco beats estimates on $2.6 billion net income

11/13, 6:14pm

Cisco records $11.9 billion in revenues

Cisco Systems reported earnings for the most recent financial quarter today, revealing quarterly revenue and earnings that beat the average Wall Street analyst estimates. The networking equipment manufacturer reported a six percent jump in revenue year-over-year, totaling $11.9 billion. Wall Street had expected Cisco to log about $11.77 billion in revenue for the quarter.

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Cisco blames Huawei of 'misstating facts' in 2003 trial

10/11, 6:05pm

Trial ended after Huawei removed offending code

Networking equipment manufacturer Cisco is accusing competitor Huawei Technologies of misstating facts doing a 2003 copyright infringement case, and has released segments of what was said from a previously sealed document. Cisco wait it was revealing parts of an expert's report "so the world could learn what really happened."

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Cisco acquires ThinkSmart Technologies

09/26, 2:44pm

Location data analysis acquisition to provide location intelligence

Networking gear maker Cisco has acquired ThinkSmart Technologies. The company announced the acquisition in a post on Cisco's blog. Financial specifics on the deal are as yet unavailable.

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TiVo, Verizon settle patent lawsuit with $250m payment

09/24, 11:45am

Verizon agrees to pay TiVo at least $250 million and the two cross-license patents

The legal patent dispute between TiVo and Verizon has been settled, with the latter paying the former about $250.4 million and monthly licensing fees. Verizon will fork over $100 million initially and then pay the remaining amount in quarterly installments until it's paid off by July 2018. The monthly fees will only apply to FiOS DVR users above a certain level.

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Cisco beats forecasts on strong Asian demand

08/16, 8:06pm

European orders falling, will continue to fall

Cisco announced results for the most recent quarter last night, with the computer networking equipment company revealing earnings that slightly outperformed analysts expectations. As The New York Times reports, the router maker is cautiously optimistic regarding its future but maintains that it is too early to call the most recent results a trend. The European market, in particular, represents something of a challenge for Cisco going forward.

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Cisco to cut 1,300 jobs to lower costs

07/23, 4:43pm

Two percent of workforce to go in streamlining effort

Cisco announced today that it will be cutting 1,300 positions from its workforce as part of an effort to streamline its organizational structure and reduce costs. As Bloomberg reports, the two percent workforce reduction was announced in an emailed statement today. The move is part of a continuing effort by Cisco to retool itself for the modern tech environment.

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Cisco forces firmware update, new privacy policy on users

07/03, 7:30pm

E2700, E3500, E4500 'cloud' routers affected, rollback possible

Router and switch maker Cisco recently pushed an automatic firmware update on some of its routers that forced users to sign up for a new service, and also mandated a less-private "shrink wrap" EULA at the same time, outraged users report. Internet forums lit up about both the firmware update and privacy document, which suggested Cisco could track and share information about users' Internet usage, such as sites visited, data quantities sent and received, and "other information" in the interest of improving service quality.

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Cisco announces next-gen Wi-Fi router, media connector

06/27, 6:41pm

Invites developers to design apps for cloud platform

In a trio of related announcements today, Cisco unveiled a new next-generation Wi-Fi router, a media sharing hub, and an ecosystem meant to support both devices. The new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router and Universal Media Connector will work in conjunction to allow users greater device interoperability, at speeds up to three times faster than current Wi-Fi routers. Cisco hopes that the two new devices will find support from developers, and the company has also rolled out a new community aimed at nurturing an app ecosystem to take advantage of the two new devices' capabilities.

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Cisco: we should've killed off Cius nine months ago

06/14, 11:07am

Cisco knew Cius had no chance well before dropping it

Cisco knew late last year that its enterprise-oriented Cius tablet stood no chance against Apple's iPad, long before the company discontinued support for the tablet. Speaking with reporters from Network World, among others, Cisco CEO John Chambers said that the company should have killed off the Cius nine months ago. The company, Chambers said, will continue to focus its efforts on developing collaboration software across multiple platforms.

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TiVo countersues Cisco over DVR patent infringements

06/05, 11:00am

TiVo protects rights to patents by using them to countersue DVR maker Cisco

Very soon after Cisco sued TiVo to challenge TiVo's claims to patents used in DVRs, TiVo has gone ahead and sued Cisco back. According to a Tuesday report, there are four patents in contention and TiVo is involved in several lawsuits against a number of companies that bought the allegedly offending DVRs from Cisco. Cisco's Scientific Atlanta arm sells boxes to cable providers that include AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon Communications.

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Cisco suing TiVo over DVR patents

06/03, 12:41pm

Cisco claims TiVo unfair in licensing its patents

Cisco has filed a complaint against TiVo, alleging that the DVR maker will not grant broad licenses to its technology because such licenses would decrease TiVo's leverage with regard to patent lawsuits. The suit claims that TiVo is wrongfully alleging that Cisco's DVR offerings constitute violations of patents TiVo holds. Analysts familiar with the proceedings contend that a victory for Cisco would represent a significant financial burden for TiVo.

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Cisco sees IP traffic up 29 percent per year through 2016

05/30, 2:56pm

Cisco forecasts global IP traffic at 1.3 zettabytes by 2016

In its annual visual networking index forecast, network equipment maker Cisco expects Internet Protocol traffic to increase dramatically over the next four years. Cisco forecasts an annual compound growth rate of 29 percent between now and 2016, with global IP traffic reaching the equivalent of 38 million DVDs per hour in four years' time.

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Cisco to drop Cius tablet, cites rise of BYOD offices

05/25, 9:12pm

Consumer device popularity spells doom for enterprise tablet

In a blog post this week, Cisco revealed that the company will no longer be producing the Cius. The enterprise-focused tablet was released last year but never caught on with business consumers, who are increasingly opting for Apple's iPad, and other competitors to a lesser extent, as a mobile computing solution.

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Apple allegedly interested in Russian R&D facility

05/18, 3:04pm

Would continue global R&D expansion

Apple is one of several parties in talks with Russia's Skolkovo technology park about possible research and development facilities there, according to local publication Izvestia. Other interested companies are said to include Google and Facebook; agreements are reportedly already in place for firms such as Microsoft, IBM, General Electric, and Cisco. Skolkovo's organizers are said to be aiming at making the park a Russian equivalent of Silicon Valley.

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ZTE said selling embargoed US computer gear to Iran

04/10, 2:30pm

ZTE contract for embargoed US gear to Iran found

China's second biggest telecommunications gear maker ZTE was found to have sold embargoed US computer equipment to Iran. A Tuesday Reuters report claimed that documents show ZTE sold some computer gear as part of a $10.5 million supply contract to a unit that controls Iranian telecoms. The documents are dated June 30, 2011 and explain how Iran got sophisticated US hardware despite sanctions against such transactions.

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AT&T 3G MicroCells shown easily hacked in right conditions

04/06, 9:55pm

ATT femtocell is wide open by default

AT&T's Cisco-made PS3 jailbreaking, has posted explorations that have shown it might be dangerously open. Connecting to the WAN Ethernet port lets users run with root-level privileges on the mini, virtual cell site's Linux OS without a password. Although data going out is routed to a specific AT&T connection, the full access means anyone can change the IP to somewhere else.

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Cisco's Linksys Wi-Fi routers get app support

04/05, 8:55am

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers get speed and software

Cisco's Linksys badge unveiled a trio of new Smart Wi-Fi routers with updates both for software and the pure technology underneath. The EA4500, EA3500, and EA2700 all support apps that link into the Cisco Connect Cloud web portal to not just administer the router from outside the home network but control attached devices. Cisco has suggested home theater devices like TVs, and even home appliances, could be controlled as long as they're on the same router.

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Apple leads US corporations in growing concentration of cash

03/14, 4:20pm

Cash would have declined in 2011 without Apple

Apple leads US corporations in terms of cash reserves, notes Moody’s Investors Service’s Richard Lane. In all US corporations are said to hold about $1.2 trillion. Apple controls $97.6 billion; other tech companies in the top five include Microsoft with $51.7 billion, Cisco with $46.7 billion, and Google with $44.6 billion. Drugmaker Pfizer is fifth.

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Google looking to sell Motorola Mobility set-top business

03/07, 2:40pm

Google said looking for Motorola set-top buyer

Google is already looking to sell the set-top box business it will get as part of the $12.5 billion buy of Motorola Mobility, the New York Post claimed. In August, during the announcement of the purchase, the plan was to make the business work under Google's tutelage. Cable operators have been slow to buy Motorola set-tops ever since the Google buy was announced.

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Wi-Fi Alliance plans to shield against WPS security hole

03/06, 6:55pm

WPS allegedly resisting brute force attacks

The Wi-Fi Alliance has responded to word of security exploits in Wi-Fi Protected Setup with a statement alluding to a fix. It claimed to The Verge that its test routine and certification now made sure that Wi-Fi devices "effectively resist" brute, PIN code-based attacks. How that would resolve the gap, and whether or not a patch would be available for those devices that had already shipped, wasn't mentioned.

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Next Generation Hotspot trials end, promise automatic Wi-Fi

02/23, 1:00pm

Commercial NGHs coming over next 12 months

Industry association Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) revealed on Thursday that some of the biggest carriers in the world have successfully tested Next Generation Hotspots (NGH). Wi-Fi access to these hubs is much simpler, and the second half of 2012 will see more tests that involve more advanced features. The first commercial NGHs will be built over the course of the next 10 months.

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Cisco appeals Microsoft-Skype deal in EU, wants guarantees

02/15, 1:50pm

Cisco says MS-Skype needs tougher oversight

Cisco has posted a formal appeal of the EU approval for Microsoft's acquisition of Skype. The networking giant accepted the merger on a basic level, but it wanted the European Commission to have imposed interoperability requirements. Making Microsoft adhere to standards would prevent it from trying to "control the future of video communications," Cisco said.

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Cisco: mobile traffic up 133%, devices outrun people by 2016

02/14, 9:50am

Cisco annual report shows mobile data spikes

Cisco in a yearly state-of-affairs report on Tuesday showed both a rapid growth in data and aggressive predictions for the next four years. Mobile data use had grown 133 percent over the course of 2011, which it didn't see slowing down. As mobile viewers got more devices as well as faster connections, video use would become 70 percent of mobile data and lead to 18 times more data used per year in 2016, at 10.8 exabytes every month.

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Linksys intros trio of fresh 200Mbps powerline network kits

01/24, 10:45am

Linksys Powerline AV gets 3 new models

Cisco's Linksys badge brought out three new powerline networking kits for those who prefer or need mostly wired links. The PLEK400 one-port kit, PLSK400 four-port kit, and PLW400 wireless extender all run on the HomePlug standard and can reach up to 200Mbps. Linksys is vowing a small design that makes it practical to hook up other devices to the local wall outlet.

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ISPs, sites team up on World IPv6 Day

01/17, 4:35pm

World IPv6 Day to launch standard is June 6

The IPv6 Internet addressing standard will get a more formal launch by its backers on June 6, which is being devoted World IPv6 Day. Seven global ISPs will back the new standard then, including AT&T, Comcast and Time Warner. Also onboard are heavily trafficked websites, including Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft's Bing, as well as hardware makers Cisco and D-Link.

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Cisco quietly drops Umi home video conferencing

01/04, 11:05am

Cisco stops selling Umi video conferencing gear

Cisco has stopped sales of its Umi video conferencing system Umi that has been price-dropped and re-branded for business use, SAI learned. While an official announcement to this effect hasn't been made by Cisco, a spokesperson confirmed to the source Cisco has stopped selling the system. When the system launched, it was expensive at $600 and included a 720p camera, controller and set-top box. In March, it was discounted to $400.

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100-gigabit networks ramp up in Washington, on Verizon

12/14, 5:10pm

Higher bandwidth coming closer to last mile users

Eight metropolitan areas will soon be getting high-speed "middle-mile" networks. These are the backbones that feed the "last mile" that bring broadband services to customers and businesses. Last week, the city-owned DC Community Access Network (DC-CAN) lit up its 100-gigabit network in Washington, DC, while earlier this week, Verizon said it was upgrading seven cities in its FiOS backbone network to similar speeds.

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Apple denied lawsuit versus Chinese firm over iPad trademark

12/06, 11:45am

Apple cannot sue Proview over iPad name

Apple on Tuesday was reported as having had a lawsuit tossed in China over claims a small firm was violating the iPad trademark. The Shenzhen-area Southern Metropolis Daily said that the Intermediate People's Court dismissed the case against Proview Technology based on time to file. Proview had filed for the trademark in 2000, several years before work had even started on the iPad.

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