Maman Bell: A French Regulatory Edge

Maybe French broadband is better because French regulators are better — or at least, more technically savvy

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Alcatel & Lucent: though the deal initially was described as more or less a merger of equals, by now everybody knows that the higher-performing Alcatel SA will be the dominant partner and that Lucent Technologies Inc.--the lineal descendant of AT&T's Western Electric--will play second fiddle.

This means, among other things, that Alcatel will take control of what was once AT&T Bell Labs, until recently the world's premier research outfit. What was once the main jewel in the crown of the old Ma Bell now might be called, in France's vernacular, Maman Bell Laboratories.

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How Nanotech Can Foil Counterfeiters

These tiny mechanical ID tags are unclonable, cheap, and invisible

10 min read
University of Florida

What's the largest criminal enterprise in the world? Narcotics? Gambling? Human trafficking?

Nope. The biggest racket is the production and trade of counterfeit goods, which is expected to exceed US $1 trillion next year. You've probably suffered from it more than once yourself, purchasing on Amazon or eBay what you thought was a brand-name item only to discover that it was an inferior-quality counterfeit.

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