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  • Google throws down the broadband gauntlet

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 5:57 pm

    You have to give Google points for great timing — and an entertaining sense of mischief. Just as the telcos are gearing up for battle with the FCC over the feasibility of widespread broadband, Google rolls out an audacious new plan to deliver gigabit/sec residential connectivity to some 500,000 users.
  • Verizon Wireless confirms data outage

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    Verizon Wireless has confirmed that a data outage affected some eastern U.S. users during a four-hour period this morning.
  • Energy-efficient Ethernet: A greener choice for 2010

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 2:52 pm

    Data center managers and equipment vendors looking for greener alternatives will begin to benefit this year from a major initiative aimed at reducing the power consumed by Ethernet equipment. IEEE 802.3az, or the Energy-Efficient Ethernet (EEE) standard, will implement low-power idle (LPI) modes for the full range of Ethernet BASE-T transceivers (100Mb, 1GbE and 10GbE) and the backplane physical layer standards (1GbE, 4-lane 1GbE and 10GbE).
  • Ethernet switch vendor Force10 files for IPO

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 2:05 pm

    Ethernet switching company Force10 Networks this week filed for a $144 million IPO.
  • Skype Lands On Nokia Symbian Phones

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 2:03 pm

    Nokia is embracing Skype making available for free the Internet-telephony (VoIP) app in the Ovi app store. Over 200 million Nokia handsets will now be able to download the Skype app and make cheap calls abroad while away from the computer.
  • Nokia's smartphones get Skype client

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Skype and Nokia have released a new Skype client for the Symbian mobile OS.
  • FCC's broadband plan critiqued as overly broad, unfeasible

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 9:37 am

    The National Broadband Plan that will be submitted to Congress March 17 already appears be impossibly broad and technologically difficult to roll out, based on what's known about it so far, several analysts said.
  • CA extends identity management to apps

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 9:33 am

    CA Identity Manager can now be used to automate processes, such as provisioning and de-provisioning user access, for’s sales forecasting application.
  • Apple goes after Google's Nexus One in patent actions

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 9:30 am

    Apple took aim at Google's smartphone as it accused Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC, which makes Google's flagship Nexus One, of violating 20 of Apple's patents, some of which were issued in the mid-1990s.
  • China Unicom to use Android despite Google-China row

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 8:40 am

    Chinese mobile carrier China Unicom will use Google’s Android operating system on phones, its top executive said Wednesday, showing interest despite a row between Google and the Chinese government.
  • Apple iPhone with Wi-Fi may soon enter China

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 4:10 am

    China Unicom, the only mobile network operator selling iPhones in China, is in talks with Apple to sell a version of the popular smartphone with Wi-Fi, something the companies could not do previously due to government regulations.
  • UN, Iridium rush satellite links to quake-hit Chile

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 12:10 am

    The United Nations (UN) agency responsible for IT and telecommunications has delivered 25 satellite phones to Chile to help restore communication links vital to bringing aid to areas devastated by the massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake on Saturday.
  • Clearwire exec shares WiMAX road map

    Posted March 2, 2010 - 10:35 pm

    Clearwire chief commercial officer Mike Sievert gives us the lowdown on the company's plans to build out its WiMAX network this year and its potential future plans to upgrade to the "WiMAX 2" standard.
  • Topeka: That's Google, Kansas To You

    Posted March 2, 2010 - 10:31 pm

    The mayor of Topeka has unofficially changed his city's name to Google. Yes, seriously.
  • Hedge fund offers $2B for Novell

    Posted March 2, 2010 - 9:55 pm

    Elliot Associates L.P., a hedge fund that is already one of Novell Inc.'s largest shareholders, offered to acquire the struggling, cash-rich enterprise software maker for $2 billion.
  • Sybase brings SAP apps to mobile phones

    Posted March 2, 2010 - 8:11 pm

    Sybase and SAP on Tuesday released the long-awaited first fruits of the mobile partnership they announced about a year ago.
  • US agencies extend deadline for broadband applications

    Posted March 2, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Two U.S. agencies distributing grants and loans for broadband deployment across the country have extended their deadline for applications for a second round of funding.
  • Prototype Microsoft Mobile Surface PC one-ups iPhone

    Posted March 2, 2010 - 5:06 pm

    Microsoft Corp. researchers have shrunk down its Surface tabletop computer into a pocket-sized package that, with the aid of a few accessories, one-ups conventional touchscreen devices like Apple Inc.'s iPhone.
  • In health care IT, these are the good old days

    Posted March 2, 2010 - 4:36 pm

    So much is happening with health care IT right now, those involved are starting to complain. But in a few years, they won't remember the exhaustion, only the satisfaction of making real changes to how things are done.
  • LTE more than higher speeds, says Nokia Siemens

    Posted March 2, 2010 - 11:10 am

    Attention has been focused on the higher speeds that will be offered by next generation LTE (Long-Term Evolution) mobile networks, but improved latency will be equally important to users, according to Nokia Siemens.
  • Innocomm shows Android smartphone with analog TV

    Posted March 2, 2010 - 4:10 am

    Innocomm Technology, a young smartphone developer, plans to launch its first handset with Google's Android mobile operating system and an analog TV receiver in the middle of this year, a company representative said Tuesday.
  • Ethernet veteran McHugh joins Brocade

    Posted March 1, 2010 - 10:15 pm

    After a disappointing quarter in its Ethernet/IP business, Brocade this week reached out to an industry veteran to try to right the LAN switching ship.
  • Force10 claims 10G Ethernet density lead

    Posted March 1, 2010 - 10:13 pm

    Force10 Networks this week claimed leadership in 10G density in Ethernet switching by unveiling a 40-port 10G line card for its ExaScale switch.
  • Global chip sales skyrocket in January

    Posted March 1, 2010 - 9:40 pm

    Semiconductor sales worldwide in January wildly outpaced numbers from the same time a year ago.
  • Sprint CEO pitches WiMAX to healthcare industry

    Posted March 1, 2010 - 9:10 pm

    Sprint CEO Dan Hesse continued his company's aggressive push for its 4G services Monday by pitching the virtues of WiMAX to the healthcare industry.
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