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January 3, 2013
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  • CenturyLink sues Portland, Ore., over phone-tax rise
    CenturyLink filed suit in a Multnomah County, Ore., court on Friday to stop Portland officials from increasing a tax on landlines, saying the levy violates state and federal statutes. Attorneys also argued that the tax will hinder CenturyLink's ability to compete with rival telecoms. The City Council in November agreed to expand a landline tax; the expansion went into effect Tuesday. The new law puts a 5% revenue levy on all landline bills. The Oregonian (Portland) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Nearly 13 million Blu-rays are hooked to Web, study finds
    Consumers have connected 12.9 million Blu-ray players to the Internet, according to an NPD Group report, which also notes that most people do not hook up the players to online sites. Video game consoles, tablets and smart TVs top the list of connected devices when smartphones are excluded. Home Media Magazine (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Universal connectivity takes root at home and on the road
    Consumers can expect to rely on their smartphones for more than just talking and texting this year as developers introduce new connectivity solutions that make it easier to connect devices to home networks and vehicles. Thanks to a new generation of low-cost, embedded controllers, companies such as Sonos and Nest are applying machine-to-machine technology to develop intuitive thermostats, entertainment systems and other appliances, while automakers including Ford and Audi are leveraging the "Internet of Things" enhance the driving experience. VentureBeat (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sources: Apple works with Broadcom for 802.11ac Wi-Fi on Macs
    The next generation of Macs will have 802.11ac wireless networking thanks to chips being supplied by Broadcom, The Next Web reports, citing sources familiar with Apple's plans. The 802.11ac standard is often called 5G Wi-Fi to indicate that it's faster than existing 4G wireless technologies. TheNextWeb.com (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some risks remain unaddressed with cloud computing
    Cloud computing is an attractive option because of its agility and lower costs, but executives need to be aware of related compliance risks, James Kaplan, Chris Rezek and Kara Sprague write. Companies need to make sure sensitive data is protected and that regulations regarding where certain data can be stored and who can access it are met. Unfortunately, public-cloud providers cannot provide all of the necessary assurances. "How to draft the required terms and conditions will remain an open question until litigation has identified the critical issues and legal precedent has been established for resolving those issues," Kaplan, Rezek and Sprague write. McKinsey Quarterly (free registration) (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Gigabit Wi-Fi will move closer to reality this year
    Equipment-makers are eagerly preparing for the introduction of next-generation Wi-Fi, with a number of components already capable of supporting the gigabit speeds that the pending 802.11ac standard promises. Ratification of the IEEE protocol is expected by early 2014 at the latest, and the Wi-Fi Alliance is readying beta testing of the technology -- which will support as much as four times the throughput of current networks. Experts say carriers will likely introduce gigabit service in high-density areas before moving on to enterprise-based applications. Network World (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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