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First look: Amazon's new Fire Phone
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Facebook announces its open data-center switch
Facebook has taken networking into its own hands, building a switch to link servers inside its data centers, and wants to make the platform available to others.The sprawling social network provider needs maximum flexibility to keep up with user growth and roll out new services, said Jay Parikh, the company's vice president of infrastructure engineering. He announced the switch, code-named Wedge, at the Gigaom Structure conference in San Francisco. Facebook had said in May of last year that it was working on a switch with the Open Compute Project (OCP).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Why Netflix video quality has fluctuated this year
Netflix's agreement with Comcast contributed to recent performance increases, but Comcast isn't necessarily responsible for the degradation. Read More

Cisco mum on future of ThreatGrid's partnership arrangements
Having completed its acquisition of ThreatGRID this week, Cisco put forward plans for how the TreatGRID sandboxing technology will fit in the Cisco security portfolio. The company also acknowledged it's not entirely clear yet on what to do about the many technology-sharing relationships that ThreatGRID has had with other vendors, including Cisco competitor, Check Point. ThreatGRID is the maker of anti-malware sandboxing technology that Cisco says didn't have a lot of large customers directly but was expanding through many third-party vendor relationships. In one of them, ThreatGRID last month had joined an alliance with Check Point Software Technologies and six other security vendors to share threat-intelligence. In other publicized partnerships, Guidance Software last month said ThreatGRID would provide malware analysis and threat intelligence to Guidance EnCase customers. Cisco declined to discuss any of the partnership arrangements, but said these are now under review.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Amazon CTO says business unaffected by Snowden revelations
Breaking with other players in the IT industry, Amazon's CTO has downplayed any impact of the Edward Snowden revelations on its international business."Growth outside the U.S. is as strong as it ever was," CTO Werner Vogels said in an onstage interview at the Gigaom Structure conference in San Francisco Wednesday.Cisco and a few other vendors have complained that revelations about surveillance by the National Security Agency have eroded trust in U.S. technology firms overseas, harming their businesses. Cisco CEO John Chambers even complained to President Barack Obama, after reports that the NSA had intercepted routers en route to customers to plant surveillance tools.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Tips on how to ace an Office 365 certification test
Anyone hoping to gain Microsoft certification in Office 365 better know the ins and outs of provisioning, security, syncing, identities and troubleshooting for the cloud version of Microsoft's flagship productivity suite.And be sure to know the PowerShell commands that underlie the user interface for Office 365, says Neal McFee, a technical adviser at Harvard Business School who led an Office 365 exam-prep session at TechEd North America 2014.+ Also on Network World: Office 365 customer: Get the right help when moving email to the cloud |Productivity showdown: Google Apps or Office 365? +To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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