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

 
Remember when Netscout got so upset at 'challenger' label in Gartner Magic Quadrant, it sued? Well, top court just ended all those shenanigans
Friday, 17 January 2020 07:23

Gartner did not defame network app biz Netscout by placing it in the "challenger" section of its Magic Quadrant instead of the "leaders" section, the Supreme Court of the US state of Connecticut has ruled.

The court judgment [PDF], scheduled to be officially published on January 21, 2020, affirms an earlier trial court's decision to dismiss the case in 2017, which Netscout appealed.

"We agree with [Gartner] that its statements about [Netscout] were expressions of opinion and, therefore, cannot provide the basis for a defamation claim," the state justices wrote in their decision.

Gartner's Magic Quadrant is, for those unaware,

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What links trendy .co domains, two warring registry giants, and Colombia's curious approach to technology tendering? We'll tell you...
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 21:45

Special report The Colombian government has been accused by its own internet community of fudging a contract so that just one North American company in particular is eligible to operate the .co top-level domain-name registry.

In a tendering process that has become increasingly controversial, the Colombian government’s technology ministry produced a list of technical requirements for overseeing 2.3 million .co domain names. But many are saying that the requirements actively exclude everyone in the market except US-based registry operator Afilias.

While those technical requirements appear to be designed to ensure that only the largest registry operators in the market are

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Problems at Oracle's DynDNS: Domain registration customers transferred at short notice, nameserver records changed
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 21:00

Must have missed Oracle's December memo: 'It is now time that we part ways with this business'

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Register a domain with Oracle DynDNS? Not any more

Customers of Oracle's DynDNS who used the service for domain registration - rather than just dynamic DNS - have suffered a sudden involuntary change of registrar, in some cases redirecting websites to those of different companies.

This comes after the enterprise giant sent out notices last month about the transfer of its Domain Registration Business to name.com.

DynDNS is the once-loved Dynamic DNS service which lets you assign a hostname to a server whose

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Go on, eat your fibre, new build contractors. It's free! OpenReach lowers limit for free FTTP connections
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:57

Good news for much-maligned new-build contractors in the UK - equally maligned broadband infrastructure provider OpenReach today said it will drop the threshold for installing gigabit-capable fibre-to-the-premises connections to new build developments - from 30 houses to just 20.

This new threshold will take effect later this year, on April 1 - no really. The aim, it said, is to increase the uptake of fibre-to-the-premises on new developments from the current level of 45 per cent up to 100 per cent. It constitutes part of the firm's "Fibre First" effort to bring full-fibre connections to 4 million UK premises by

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ICANN finally reveals who’s behind purchase of .org: It’s ███████ and ██████ – you don't need to know any more
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 11:00

Analysis DNS overlord ICANN has finally released additional details over the proposed sale of the .org internet registry to a private equity firm – details that raise more questions than answers.

Key among these peculiarities is that they don't name who will end up in charge of the billion-dollar entity that oversee 10 million .org internet addresses, including many of the world’s largest non-profits and charities.

Incredibly, the names of three directors of the organization that will buy the registry remain redacted in documents published by ICANN [PDF] this month, despite the three entities pushing the sale – PIR, ISOC

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