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Submission + - Intel's Thunderbolt With Fiber Optics Years Away (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Intel's Thunderbolt high-speed interconnect technology could be years away from getting optical technology, an Intel executive said this week at IDF. Originally introduced in February on Macs, Thunderbolt was pitched as being optical technology but currently uses copper wires. Dadi Perlmutter of Intel's Architecture Group said copper wires are working much better than expected, and that fiber was expensive. 'It's going to be way out,' Perlmutter said. 'At the end of the day it's all about how much speed people need versus how much they would be willing to pay.'"

Submission + - Google Offers Opt-out From Home Wi-Fi Tracking (itproportal.com)

hypnosec writes: Google is adopting a new policy that allows home users with wireless network connectivity to opt-out from the company’s Wi-Fi tracking technology. The Mountain View-based search behemoth announced this move on Tuesday. It has been greeted with only positive feedback so far. The move, according to analysts, will help significantly in lowering the privacy concerns of all those who otherwise would have turned critical of such an ‘invasion’ by the company into their personal domains.

Submission + - FCC to test opening white spaces up to public (thehill.com)

GovTechGuy writes: The FCC will begin a test on Monday that will give the public access to "white spaces," the unused spectrum between TV and radio stations. The Commission is in the process of opening up the airwaves for public use; the last release of unlicensed airwaves eventually spawned a number of innovations such as WiFi, cordless phones and baby monitors. Officials hope this move will lead to better WiFi technology that can cover up to 50 miles.

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