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Just Because It's Now Cheaper And Easier To Spy On Everyone All The Time, Doesn't Mean Governments Should Do It

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Rick Falkvinge has another of his fascinating posts up on his Web site, but this one's slightly different from his usual insights into the dysfunctional nature of copyright and patents. It concerns some little-known (to me, at least) history of how Sweden went from being a beacon of freedom to...
Just Because It's Now Cheaper And Easier To Spy On Everyone All The Time, Doesn't Mean Governments Should Do It

Intel prepares to use lasers, light to shuffle data between computers

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Intel is taking the first steps to implement thin fiber optics that will use lasers and light as a faster way to move data inside computers, replacing the older and slower electrical wiring technology found in most computers today. Intel's silicon photonics technology will be implemented at the motherboard...
Intel prepares to use lasers, light to shuffle data between computers

Embrace the light! Researchers built all-optical device for faster broadband

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have built an all-optical device that is able to flip a switch. The technology might strike many as esoteric, but getting light to change state (from on to off) based only on a signal from another light is a big deal that could pave...
Embrace the light! Researchers built all-optical device for faster broadband

UK's BT starts testing of its 300Mbps broadband service

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UK telecommunications provider BT Openreach has held trials of its FTTP (Fiber To The Premises) on demand broadband service promised to launch this year. The fiber optics-based system promises speeds of up to 300Mbps. The trial happened in St. Agnes, Cornwall, where it used already existing fiber optic cables that...
UK's BT starts testing of its 300Mbps broadband service
Intel Says ‘Thunderbolt’ Optical Cables Due This Year

Researchers build optical transistor out of silicon, provide path to all-optical computing

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The speed of light is the universal speed limit, so naturally, optical technologies appeal when trying to construct speedy computational devices. Fiber optics let us shoot data to and fro at top speed, but for the time being our CPUs still make their calculations using electronic transistors. Good news...
Researchers build optical transistor out of silicon, provide path to all-optical computing

Intel: Thunderbolt optical cabling coming this year

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Users will be able to connect Thunderbolt-equipped peripherals to remote hosts using optical cabling in 2012, Intel told IDG News Service on Monday. The company reaffirmed its commitment to get optical cabling on the market this year, which will allow much longer cable runs beyond the current three meter...
Intel: Thunderbolt optical cabling coming this year

EarthLink completes fiber broadband rollout in Eastern Tennessee

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Anyone familiar with the unglamorous circumstances of Elvis Presley's passing might agree he needed a little more fiber in his diet. That would've been the case if 'the King' was of this generation, as the state he called home is pretty well wired these days, and even more so...
EarthLink completes fiber broadband rollout in Eastern Tennessee

Networking chip firm Mellanox to buy startup Kotura. Because photonics.

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Mellanox, the company famous for its Infiniband chips but which is also branching out into Ethernet, says it intends to buy photonics startup Kotura in a cash deal valued at $82 million. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2013. Koruta, which I profiled last November, makes...
Networking chip firm Mellanox to buy startup Kotura. Because photonics.

Optical cables for Thunderbolt ports shipped by Sumitomo

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For more than a year Intel has talked about graduating from copper wires to fiber optics for Thunderbolt ports on Apple's Mac computers, and Sumitomo Electric Industries has became one of the first companies to deliver optical cables....
Optical cables for Thunderbolt ports shipped by Sumitomo
Plexxi wants to put data center networks on a high fiber diet

German physicists create first working quantum network

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A group of German physicists from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics has succeeded in building the first working prototype for a quantum network. The network has the ability to send, receive and store quantum data between two different locations using fiber optics. Although only rudimentary at this early...
German physicists create first working quantum network

Harvard makes distortion-free lens from gold and silicon, aims for the perfect image (or signal)

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Imaging has been defined by glass lenses for centuries, and even fiber optics haven't entirely escaped the material's clutch. Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences might have just found a way to buck those old (and not-so-old) traditions. A new 60-nanometer thick silicon lens, layered with legions of...
Harvard makes distortion-free lens from gold and silicon, aims for the perfect image (or signal)
Success: Bezos recovers sunken Apollo rocket engines

LaserMotive lights up first product -- transmitting power over fiber with lasers

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LaserMotive, a company known for using lasers to transmit power through the air, is expanding to a new medium: fiber-optic cables. The system uses a laser to convert electricity into light for transmission over fiber optics. On the other end, a photovoltaic receiver converts light back into electricity. The company,...
LaserMotive lights up first product -- transmitting power over fiber with lasers
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Networking startup Plexxi scores $20.1M

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Fiber may not just be for undersea and long-haul networks anymore. Plexxi Systems, a stealthy networking startup that wants to bring fiber into the data center at a cost comparable to existing Ethernet technologies, has scored a $20.1 million third round of financing from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners and Northbridge...
Networking startup Plexxi scores $20.1M

AT&T Labs pumps 495Gbps of data over 7,400 miles

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AT&T Labs researchers are set to present data from a recent test that set a record for long-distance network speeds at the Optical Fiber Communication and National Fiber Optics Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) on March 19. The researchers, led by AT&T researcher Xiang Zhou, have perfected a technology that allows existing...
AT&T Labs pumps 495Gbps of data over 7,400 miles

Run DVI over 3000 ft with fiber optics

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Run DVI over 3000 ft with fiber optics

Ben Heck gives dads the light-up toilet they deserve

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Happy belated Father's Day, internet -- now please enjoy some video of Ben Heck modding a toilet. The tinkerer-turned-host offered up one of his more unsanitary projects over the weekend, involving a bathmat, a Glade Plug-in, a porcelain throne and a Tron-esque lighting scheme. Step on the weight-sensing mat...
Ben Heck gives dads the light-up toilet they deserve

Verizon announces $1.83B Q2 profits, rising revenues due to smartphones and FiOS

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Verizon Wireless posted encouraging second quarter numbers, bolstered by increased revenue from smartphone sales and the shift from copper to fiber optics’ FiOS for wireline and Internet customers. The No. 1 U.S. mobile carrier announced Thursday a $1.83 billion quarterly profit on $28.552 billion in revenue. The company, a joint...
Verizon announces $1.83B Q2 profits, rising revenues due to smartphones and FiOS
Twist light, carry terabits of data

Vodafone brings fiber optics to the Shard, gives you signal high above London

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What good is a spectacular view if you can't use your phone to tell people about it? London's newly opened 95-story skyscraper, The Shard, measures 1,016 feet, making it the tallest building in the European Union. From the 69th and 72nd floors, you can get 360 degree views of...
Vodafone brings fiber optics to the Shard, gives you signal high above London

Intel preps thin fiber optics to shuffle data between computers

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Intel is taking the first steps to implement thin fiber optics that will use lasers and light as a faster way to move data inside computers, replacing the older and slower electrical wiring technology found in most computers today....
Intel preps thin fiber optics to shuffle data between computers

Olympus creates world's thinnest industrial videoscope, packs HDR (video)

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Though its medical brethren are considerably slimmer, at 2.4mm in diameter, Olympus says its iPLEX TX is the most slender industrial videoscope on our big blue marble. Rather than using traditional fiber optics to capture footage reminiscent of comic book print, the iPLEX TX houses a miniature CMOS atop...
Olympus creates world's thinnest industrial videoscope, packs HDR (video)
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This week in Crave: The stargazing edition

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This week, we looked skyward to see Discovery's last flight -- and constellations made using LEDs, fiber optics, nylon line, and giant slingshots. Also, we got a rare look inside DC Comics' N.Y. headquarters and took a ride on a superyacht fit for supervillains. [Read more]...
This week in Crave: The stargazing edition

How Topeka Became Google, Kansas: The Mayor Speaks

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Welcome to Google, Kansas – the capital city of fiber optics, population 122,642. The small city with a big dream recently changed its name from Topeka to Google in order to show its enthusiasm for Google’s experimental Fiber for Communities program.Mayor William W. Bunten issued a proclamation on Monday...
How Topeka Became Google, Kansas: The Mayor Speaks
Nikon's Small World competition celebrates the best in microscope photography

Optical Cables for Thunderbolt Ports Shipped by Sumitomo

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For more than a year Intel has talked about graduating from copper wires to fiber optics for Thunderbolt ports on Apple's Mac computers, and Sumitomo Electric......
Optical Cables for Thunderbolt Ports Shipped by Sumitomo
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