Huawei’s elusive Mr Ren: We’re just a ‘sesame seed’ in a superpower spat

Trump, communism and 5G – a rare glimpse into the founder’s past and present
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei does not give interviews, so the two-hour audience the firm granted to US media on Monday was a landmark – and perhaps a recognition of the crisis …

If at first, second, third… fourth time you don’t succeed, you’re Apple: Another appeal lost in $440m net patent war

Yes, it plans to appeal again
Apple has, for the fourth time now, lost an appeal against a $440m patent-infringement damages award, payable to VirnetX – and pledged to appeal the decision.…

Huawei’s horror show 2019 continues as Taiwanese research institute joins banhammer club

Also: US Commerce Dept blocks export of tech developed by Silicon Valley subsidiary
It’s only the third week of January, but 2019 is turning into a horror year for Huawei: the company’s phones have now been reportedly banned from a major research insti…

A few short packets: Cisco still Switchzilla, a neat Wi-Fi hack and more

Also: AT&T inks open source pact with Nokia, ZTE 5G pass, Equinix expands
Networks roundup Is it any surprise that Cisco remained the dominant force in enterprise infrastructure during 2018?…

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

It was still going?
Exclusive Vodafone has confirmed it will shutter Demon Broadband, the pioneering Iron Age ISP, as part of its network upgrade plans.…

Wanted – have you seen this MAC address: f8:e0:79:af:57:eb? German cops appeal for logs in bomb probe

Plod hope to snare DHL blackmailer with a penchant for homemade explosives
German police investigating a blackmailer’s parcel bombing campaign reckon they know the MAC address of a device used by the scumbag, and hope network logs can help unmask the p…

We’re two weeks into 2019, and an email can potentially knacker your Cisco message box – plus other bugs to fix

Process data, crash, restart, process data, crash, restart…
Cisco’s security team’s holiday season has ended with a bang: 18 patches, but thankfully only one of them rated “critical”.…

Big cable trolls big mobile with ’10G’ trademark application

It stands for 10 gigabits per second connections, so at least it means something
CES 2019 America’s cable cabal has used CES to fire up interest in 10Gbps access networks, and in a snipe at the mobile 5G market, the Internet & Television Associatio…

Forget your $145m Apple patent payout, WiLAN told – it’s $10m or gamble on a new trial

Judge quashes hopes of big comm tech payday
WiLAN has been told by a US judge it can either walk away with $10m in patent-infringement damages from Apple – somewhat lower than the $145m set by a jury – or go to trial again to set the figure.…