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Cisco's Spark grows into a phone and meeting platform for the cloud

Cisco Systems is reinventing its collaboration tools from the bottom up, turning the lowly Spark text-messaging app into a cloud-based platform that includes videoconferencing and the core features of an enterprise phone system.

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Microsoft's new premium Office 365 subscription for businesses is here

Companies that want almost all of the new features Microsoft is cramming into its Office 365 productivity service can now get them through a new subscription the company launched Tuesday.

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Cisco acquires video collaboration company for $700M

Acano will help scale, hybrid delivery and interoperability, company says

AT&T a closer partner of NSA than previously known, Snowden docs show

A new analysis of documents leaked by Edward Snowden highlights massive surveillance efforts with special help from AT&T

Fiber-optic cable updates to improve Europe-Africa links

Both the ACE and WACS intercontinental cables have been upgraded

FCC requires consumer protections in telephone transition to IP

Carriers must get permission from the FCC if they discontinue or reduce voice services during the change

Huawei starts work on Guinea's first fiber-optic cable

The project will deliver 77 exchange points

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Move over Skype, Facetime, Hangouts. Here comes Spreedbox, a fully open source, secure videoconferencing solution

Spreedbox can offer private and secure video chat using Linux and open source technologies. All it needs is your support.

Cell service at US airports varies from first class to middle-seat coach

Tests by RootMetrics found coverage is improving but inconsistent

AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV appears headed for approval with conditions

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated his recommendation for approval of the deal

Orange in talks with Airtel, may gain largest African footprint

The two companies agreed to exclusive negotiations of a merger

T-Mobile to pay $17.5 million fine for 911 outages

A settlement with the FCC requires the company to improve the reliability of its emergeny dialing service

How NASA beams Pluto images 3 billion miles to Earth

Spanning three continents, the Deep Space Network hears all

ACLU asks court to immediately kill NSA phone snooping

A court that already found the program illegal should shut it down, instead of allowing it to be phased out, the ACLU says

9 things you didn't know about Google's undersea cable

The high-speed Google-backed FASTER system will link the U.S. with Japan next year at 60 Tbps

Here's what to takes to lay Google's 9,000km undersea cable

The French ship René Descartes is loading cable for the transpacific FASTER system

FCC looks to protect customers during voice switch to IP

Carriers would be required to give customers warning before retiring their copper-based networks, under an agency proposal

Two US telecom companies to pay $3.5 million for data breach

Sister telecom carriers stored personal information on servers accessible on the Internet

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