Stephen LawsonSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Stephen Lawson is Senior U.S. Correspondent based in San Francisco.

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Cisco faces a tougher collaboration rival in updated Prysm

Collaboration has come a long way. Cisco Systems made a splash last month with the Spark Board, a meeting-room screen that acts like a giant iPad. But other vendors are streamlining meetings too. Prysm is beefing up its rival to the Spark Board this week.

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AT&T extends NetBond service to secure IoT connections

Enterprises can now connect cellular IoT devices to back-end systems via NetBond, a private network service from AT&T, instead of the Internet, the carrier announced this week.

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AT&T wants to be the Linus Torvalds of network software

Carriers are starting to look more like cloud companies, turning to standard hardware, virtualization and machine learning for rapid development of new services. AT&T helped drive that trend on Wednesday by releasing ECOMP, the operating system of its software-defined network, as open source.

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Now Cisco can even network your building systems

The latest network hardware from Cisco Systems gives new meaning to the words “light switch.” The Cisco Digital Building Series is an Ethernet switch designed to connect building infrastructure.

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IoT network builders sign up partners for small devices

On Monday, U.S. network operator Ingenu partnered with distributor and system builder Arrow Electronics, which will offer Ingenu’s RPMA technology when it develops IoT systems for enterprises and smaller businesses in the U.S.

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IoT's payoff is in the big picture, and Nokia knows it

On Tuesday, Nokia announced updates to its Impact IoT software platform to cover applications including lighting, video analytics and parking management. There are also updates to accommodate new low-power networks.

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Fragmentation nixed a Cisco-Android network partnership

Cisco Systems tried to give Android devices the same kinds of integration it later provided for iPhones and iPads but gave up because the Android ecosystem was too fragmented.

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Cisco's Spark Board looks like an iPad -- and acts like one

The Spark Board meeting device that Cisco Systems introduced on Tuesday is not so much a whiteboard or a videoconferencing screen as a giant tablet that everyone in the room can share.

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Cisco's all-in-one Spark Board puts the cloud on a wall

On Tuesday, Cisco introduced the Spark Board, a wall-mounted screen that can be a screen-sharing presentation tool, a digital whiteboard, a videoconferencing display.

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Trump names net neutrality foe Ajit Pai to lead the FCC

President Donald Trump has named Commissioner Ajit Pai, an outspoken opponent of the FCC’s net neutrality rules, as the next head of the agency.

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Avaya says bankruptcy is a step toward software and services

Networking and collaboration vendor Avaya declared bankruptcy on Thursday, calling the move part of its transition from a hardware to a software and services company.

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Switches coming out this year will drive open networking forward

Two moves by open networking vendors this week are likely to chip a little bit more off the monolith of proprietary, appliance-like equipment that still moves most packets around enterprise data centers.

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FTC charges Qualcomm with anticompetitive chip tactics

Qualcomm strong-armed some phone makers into accepting unfavorable technology licensing terms while giving Apple a break in exchange for exclusivity, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged.

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This Wi-Fi alternative wants you to create your own LTE-like wireless networks

On Tuesday, the MulteFire Alliance announced MulteFire Release 1.0, which defines an LTE-like network that can run entirely on unlicensed spectrum like the frequencies Wi-Fi uses.

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5G spectrum squatting case ends in $100M FCC fine

The FCC has fined a company US$100 million for allegedly never using some licenses to spectrum that is now considered promising for future 5G networks.