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  1. U.S. Running Out of IP Addresses

    Time to pack it up? By summer, the U.S. and Canada will run out of the distinct numerical codes assigned under the traditional IPv4 format. To crack the problem, we’ll need to either free up unused IP addresses or adopt the newer hexadecimal IPv6 format, allowing for 340 undecillion addresses — which should last, since that’s enough for one per atom on Earth. While other countries ran out of the shorter codes long ago, North American companies now face expensive hardware upgrades in order to move on.

    Engadget, Gizmodo

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