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  • Yahoo proposes 'really ugly hack' to DNS

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 4:36 pm

    Network engineers from Yahoo are pitching what they admit is a "really ugly hack" to the Internet's Domain Name System, but they say it is necessary for the popular Web content provider to support IPv6, the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol.
  • Google's plan for super-fast networks draws big response

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Local governments and residents have until tonight to nominate their communities for consideration in Google's plan to build "ultra-high-speed" fiber networks in some places in the U.S.
  • Speak Up to Help Shape the Future of Broadband

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 9:07 am

    The FCC vision for the future of communications in the United States, and its proposals for getting from where we are to where we need to be are imperative to maintaining a level playing field for business in America. The limited bandwidth is running out, and the digital divide continues to grow, and businesses on the wrong side of that divide will find it very hard to keep up with the competition.
  • CTIA keynoters tout how wireless fills social needs

    Posted March 26, 2010 - 9:05 am

    Several keynote speakers at the CTIA conference this week showed how wireless technologies are being used around the world.
  • Game on: WiMax will battle LTE in the trenches

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 9:25 pm

    As the nation's wireless carriers rush to compete with faster 4G speeds on either WiMax or LTE technology, their workers are toiling in the trenches to make it happen.
  • GSMA launches SMS spam reporting service

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    The falling cost of text messaging is making mobile-phone users a more attractive target for spammers, according to the GSM Association. To counter this, it wants its mobile-network-operator members to "crowd-source" spam reports from their customers to help them identify and cut off spammers abusing SMS (Short Message Service).
  • Republicans question parts of FCC's broadband plan

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Republican members of a U.S. House of Representatives committee objected Thursday to parts of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's new national broadband plan, saying it leaves broadband carriers open to new regulation.
  • China's Great Firewall spreads overseas

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 4:41 pm

    A networking error has caused computers in Chile and the U.S. to come under the control of the Great Firewall of China, redirecting Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube users to Chinese servers.
  • Lawmakers offer support for public safety network

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    U.S. lawmakers plan to start implementing parts of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's new national broadband plan soon by introducing legislation to pay for a nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety agencies, one lawmaker said Thursday.
  • China Unicom in talks to offer BlackBerry

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 1:40 am

    China Unicom says it is in talks with Research In Motion about offering BlackBerry devices, making it the third Chinese mobile carrier interested in the popular handsets.
  • Yahoo iPhone apps hint at what's to come

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 7:11 pm

    Yahoo introduced two iPhone applications this week, including one that lets users draw a circle on a map to look for restaurants within a specific area.
  • AT&T will go national with its femtocell

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    As expected, AT&T announced on Wednesday that it will offer its femtocell product, called MicroCell, across the continental U.S. beginning in mid-April.
  • Sprint, Clearwire warm up to LTE

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 4:11 pm

    The CEOs of both Sprint Nextel and its WiMax partner, Clearwire, signaled on Wednesday that they might move to LTE (Long-Term Evolution) in the future.
  • Microsoft to update communications server

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    New Microsoft Office Communications server to feature e911, improved voice recognition.
  • IT spending reform plan: More efficient systems

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    One of the hardest-hit industries in the recession was financial services, the largest consumer of corporate servers, representing nearly 25% of the market. And while Wall Street is starting to get back on its feet, the financial-services companies are undoubtedly going to be far more frugal with their capital investments.
  • Operators are open to new wireless gadgets

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Mobile operators say that they are open to accepting a range of wireless devices on their networks as well as using new models for charging people for services to those devices, based on experiences with the Kindle and the iPad, but they will still want a degree of control over their networks.
  • Startup rolls out phalanx of SAP mobile apps

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    A company headed by SAP's former North American CEO is rolling out more than 40 mobile applications that tie into the vendor's ERP (enterprise resource planning) software.
  • Verizon exec calls for rewrite of Telecom Act

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    The U.S. Congress should rewrite the Telecommunications Act to focus on the Internet and strip away the rulemaking authority of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, a Verizon executive said Wednesday.
  • Hands on with the Galaxy S and EVO smartphones

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    One of the biggest chuckles at the CTIA show is how much Samsung has made its new Galaxy S look like an iPhone.
  • Vendors ally with Microsoft at Voicecon

    Posted March 23, 2010 - 7:51 pm

    At Voicecon's opening Monday in Orlando, vendors are poised to push unified communications and Microsoft is stepping into the spotlight by announcing alliances with other vendors whose gear interoperates with Microsoft Office Communications Server.
  • T-Mobile rolls out additional HSPA+ networks

    Posted March 23, 2010 - 5:41 pm

    T-Mobile said that its high speed HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access Plus) network is now available in areas of New York, New Jersey, Long Island and suburban Washington, D.C.
  • Verizon Skype application available Thursday

    Posted March 23, 2010 - 5:11 pm

    Users of nine Verizon smartphones can download and use the Skype Mobile application starting on Thursday, the operator announced at CTIA on Tuesday.
  • AT&T execs: US must work hard to keep mobile lead

    Posted March 23, 2010 - 3:12 pm

    AT&T executives described the U.S. mobile market as a world leader but warned that without continued hard work that position is in jeopardy, while speaking at the CTIA conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
  • Providers question parts of FCC's broadband plan

    Posted March 23, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's national broadband plan released last week contains many good ideas, but it also leaves the door open to new regulations of broadband providers, representatives of providers said Tuesday.
  • Alcatel-Lucent lets operators push TV to smartphones

    Posted March 23, 2010 - 8:14 am

    Using a technology called mobile smart loading developed by Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent will let mobile operators and content providers push video content to smartphones while taking such things as network capacity and battery life into account, the telecommunications equipment vendor said on Tuesday.

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