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I work with Network World's writers and editors to identify and publish the best informational and news stories for enterprise IT and networking professionals. Also, I blog about network research from university and vendor research labs, plus work closely with our wireless reporting team on assignments and projects. Best to reach me by email. If you don't hear back from me, it's probably because I forwarded your pitch to a more appropriate contact here.

Apple Store thieves attack with bear spray

Vancouver police are investigating a brazen robbery at an Apple Store Monday night in which three suspects allegedly sprayed 40 people with a chemical mix designed to ward off bears as they swiped an undetermined amount of Apple laptops, iPads and iPods.

Free iPhone data usage tracker released by Princeton lab

Princeton University's EDGE Lab has released a free iPhone app that enables smartphone users to avoid big wireless bills by better tracking their actual data usage and predicting future usage.

Hands on with Airtime, the new video chat service for Facebook

I just took Airtime, the new video chat service from start-up stars Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, for a spin on Tuesday, its first day of general availability. My first impressions: It works fine, though I'm not sure I'll get addicted to it.

Verizon Wireless: 4G LTE or bust in 2012

A Verizon Wireless executive says the carrier plans a huge expansion of its 4G LTE wireless network this year.

Nerf Lazer Tag comes to iPhone, iPod touch

Hasbro realized that iPhone owners won’t want to put down their devices to play Nerf Lazer Tag. So the company is now combining iOS devices with the game.

Twitter users: Most tweets are garbage

Researchers from three universities found that even though Twitter users follow who they want to follow on the microblogging service, they say only about a third of tweets are worth reading and that a quarter of them are completely worthless.

NORAD brings Santa (and elf tossing) to iPads, iPhones

NORAD, which each year tracks Santa's progress as the jolly man delivers gifts around the globe, is now offering iOS apps for kids to stay informed about Mr. Claus's journey.

Will Thanksgiving Day upstage Black Friday for online tech sales?

Best Buy, Target, Sears, Staples and other major retailers have been releasing their Black Friday ads and circulars for the past week, setting up for what should...

Spotify woos iPhone, iPad developers with iOS tool

Spotify, the much buzzed about digital music streaming service that made its U.S. debut in July is looking to extend its reach even further by releasing a tool for iOS developers.

iPads to kick Android tablet butt until 2015, report says

The iPad will rule the tablet world for the next four years, says a report from a research firm.

New tool shows would-be e-mailers if you're swamped on Gmail

A Georgia Tech researcher is taking aim at e-mail overload with a new tool that shows people thinking about messaging you just how swamped your Gmail account is.

Move over flash: Here comes phase-change memory

University of California, San Diego researchers next week plan to demonstrate a solid state storage device that uses phase-change memory.

Ad network: Verizon grabs 12 percent of U.S. iPhone market

Verizon, which began selling the Apple iPhone 4 in the U.S. a month ago, has already grabbed as much as 12.7 percent of the U.S. iPhone market, according to ad network Chitika.

iPhone 5 expected to boast same dual-core A5 chip as iPad 2

Coders plunged into the iOS 4.3 firmware Apple has released ahead of the iPad 2 launch and found clues that the next iPhone will sport the same dual-core A5 processor featured in the new tablet.

Why you freak out over Facebook

A study finds that the more Facebook friends you have and the more time you invest in the social networking site, the more likely you are to experience Facebook-related anxiety.