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December 26, 2012
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  • Verizon to pull the plug on pay-to-call 900 numbers in the U.S.
    At the end of this year, Verizon will cease billing for 900 numbers in the U.S. Those pay-to-call telephone numbers were popular in the 1990s, this article notes, but their value dwindled because U.S. mobile operators refused to connect calls to those numbers, among other factors. In Canada, however, 900 numbers are seeing greater use because of participation television. iMedia Connection (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Demand for cloud services helps drive expansion of data centers
    Enterprises in financial services and health care are making greater use of cloud computing services, helping drive demand for expanding data centers in leading markets. The space for commercial data centers is growing by 9% a year on average, with Northern Virginia's data center space annually increasing by 12%, according to 451 Research. "In most areas, demand is really rising and growing faster than supply," said 451's Kelly Morgan. Computerworld (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New versions of PIPA and SOPA aren't likely in next Congress
    The widespread outcry against the proposed Protect IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act earlier this year likely means that similar legislation won't be introduced after the new Congress convenes next month, Grant Gross writes in this analysis. "They're going to tiptoe in this area very carefully," said Ed Black, president and CEO of the Computer and Communications Industry Association. News Service (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 400G is the new frontier for vendors of optical networking gear
    The roster of vendors providing optical networking equipment capable of operating at 400 gigabits per second now includes Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Fujitsu, Huawei Technologies, NEC and NTT Communications, Dan O'Shea notes in this analysis. Meanwhile, Infinera is pressing on to 500 Gbps. "The next generation for us will be a terabit on a chip," Infinera's Vinay Rathore said. Light Reading (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Making the case for hybrid clouds
    Hybrid cloud systems and applications are best for businesses because of their cost effectiveness and flexibility, writes Kevin Smith of FrontRange. "It's like an NBA player trying to buy a suit off the rack. He's not likely to meet with much success -- he needs custom tailoring," Smith writes. Network World (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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