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

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

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Google kills off domain fronting – so secure comms just got tougher
Friday, 20 April 2018 08:01

Google has made technical changes to its cloud infrastructure that have caused collateral damage to an anti-censorship technique called domain fronting.

The technique, more a workaround than a supported feature, has become popular on App Engine, Google's platform-as-a-service product, over the past year or so. And now makers of free speech tools have had to find other service providers or adopt alternative strategies for avoiding the scrutiny of authorities.

Domain fronting conceals the hostname from those observing network traffic by using one hostname in the DNS request and TLS negotiation and another in the HTTP header. While the hostname in

Nominet drains mug of tea, leans back, calmly explains how to make Whois GDPR-compliant
Friday, 20 April 2018 06:39

The operator of the .uk domain-name registry has outlined the changes it plans to make to its Whois domain registration system to bring it in line with incoming European privacy legislation.

Nominet ran a short one-month public comment period asking for feedback on a range of proposed changes to its current system and published a summary of feedback [PDF] complete with its planned changes on Thursday.

The most significant change is that it will redact all registration data from Tuesday, May 22 – Europe's General Data Privacy Regulation comes ( GDPR ) into force three days later on May 25

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network
Thursday, 19 April 2018 22:14

BT is forging ahead with plans to shut its traditional telephone network in Britain, with the intention of shifting all customers over to IP telephony services by 2025.

The closure of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) is part of plans by BT toward internet-based voice calls via a fibre network. As such it will be looking to close a chunk of exchanges.

Yesterday, Openreach wrote to its communications providers about the move. The broadband division will open consultation next month on the withdrawal of its Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) products, which are reliant on the PSTN.

In an email,

Cisco snuffs Spark, renames it 'WebEx Teams'
Thursday, 19 April 2018 17:33

Roundup Cisco leads the networking roundup this week, with news that there's one fewer way to avoid its WebEx brand: as part of a product reorganisation, what was Cisco Spark is to become WebEx Teams.

It's more than a rebrand, Cisco's Jonathan Rosenberg insisted here , because in the Olde Worlde, Sparkies could join Spark meetings, and Webex users could only join Webex meetings. Spark lost features if you managed to get it connected to WebEx.

The WebEx Teams app that replaces Spark can join a WebEx meeting without losing features, and there's a WebEx Teams team meeting feature replacing

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