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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

 
Lumen to double size of US network with six million extra miles of fiber
Wednesday, 07 December 2022 07:45

Lumen Technologies Tuesday said it would double the size of its US intercity network to 12 million fiber miles by the end of 2026. When complete, the telco says the network will connect 50 major cities across the United States at data rates of up to 400Gbps.

According to Lumen — formerly CenturyLink — the expansion will serve both the company’s internal services and fiber, which the telco sells to enterprise and government customers for use in their private networks. For instance, a customer might lease fiber from Lumen to connect its datacenter to a cloud service provider or colocation

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SpaceX chases government cash with Starshield satellites
Wednesday, 07 December 2022 04:45

SpaceX is developing a new satellite fleet designed for government use.

The Musk-owned space company didn't so much announce Starshield as it simply added it to its website without many specifics, as is to be expected from a satellite program designed with the national security in mind.

According to SpaceX's Starshield page, the satellites will function as a "secured satellite network for government entities" that will use the same basic tech as Starlink, though with extra capabilities focused on three areas: Earth observation, communications, and hosted payloads. 

The latter category refers to Starshield satellite buses, the main body of the

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Cisco wriggles out from $2 billion bill for ‘willful and egregious’ patent infringements
Tuesday, 06 December 2022 17:57

Cisco has managed to avoid a $2-plus billion payment for patent infringement on a technicality that has nothing to do with the patents.

The case has its roots in 2018 when an outfit named Centripetal Networks alleged Cisco had stolen tech Centripetal described to it under a non-disclosure agreement.

Centripetal sued and won. US District Judge Henry Morgan described Cisco’s behavior as “willful and egregious” and slapped it with over $2 billion in fines and royalties.

Then came a twist.

During the conduct of the case the judge learned that his wife held $4,688 worth of shares in Cisco, a

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Startup raises $30 million for wireless power delivery system
Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:30

A wireless power startup has secured $30 million in funding to help develop its technology, with which it aims to "do for power what Wi-Fi has done for data."

Reach Power claims its system is capable of wirelessly delivering hundreds of watts of energy over distances of tens of meters using radio waves, claiming it can power or recharge many end devices at the same time.

The company said its Series B financing round, led by venture capital firm DCVC along with participation from Y Combinator, Transform VC, and Collaborative Fund, will help it fund solutions for a number of

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Twitter tries to lure brands back with spend-matching scheme
Saturday, 03 December 2022 05:30

Twitter is reportedly trying to plug its drop in advertising revenues by concocting a series of inducements to convince some brands that have paused spending on the platform to reopen their wallets.

In one mailer that was dispatched to advertising agencies – seen by the Financial Times – the troubled social media biz said it was scheduled to roll out the "largest advertiser incentives ever" this month, pledging additional impressions depending on the level of budget to use.

Twitter reportedly said (paywall) it would mirror the spending of clients that pay at least $500,000 with a ceiling limit of $1

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