Cisco Reminds Us Once Again How Big the Internet Is, and How Big It’s Getting

| July 14, 2011

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One of the well-worn buzz phrases in tech that re-surfaces from time to time is “The Internet of Things.” When I first encountered it, it was in 2002, and it was used in the title of this story in Forbes about the use of RFID chips by retailers like Wal-Mart to track inventory. Nine years later it draws a big yawn.

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