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  • DOJ requires AT&T to sell some assets in acquisition

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 5:11 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice will require telecom giant AT&T to sell off pieces of its mobile network in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi in order to continue with its US$944 million acquisition of Centennial Communications, the agency said Tuesday.
  • AT&T Missouri settles E-Rate fraud lawsuit

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    AT&T Missouri has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.4 million as part of a settlement of a civil lawsuit alleging that the company violated the False Claims Act in connection with the federal E-Rate program, which provides money to help schools and libraries in poor areas connect to the Internet.
  • Cisco to acquire Starent for $2.9 billion

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 9:40 am

    Aiming to expand its mobile Internet offerings, Cisco Systems will acquire Starent Networks for US$2.9 billion, the companies announced Tuesday.
  • Lufthansa to relaunch intercontinential in-flight Internet

    Posted October 12, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    In-flight Internet access is coming back to intercontinental flights next year.
  • 8 ways the American information worker remains a Luddite

    Posted October 12, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    A Forrester Research study is showing that what is a hit in Silicon Valley or among the virtual "Twitterati" has yet to be picked up by most U.S. information workers.
  • Femto Forum plans interoperability testing

    Posted October 12, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Aiming to increase operator confidence in femtocells, the Femto Forum plans to do interoperability testing at the end of March 2010, it said on Monday.
  • One by one, carriers succumb to Google Voice

    Posted October 11, 2009 - 9:17 pm

    Ever since its launch this summer, Google Voice has presented carriers with some potentially thorny issues.
  • Microsoft loses Sidekick users' personal data

    Posted October 10, 2009 - 10:10 pm

    Contacts, calendar entries, photographs and other personal information of Sidekick users has almost certainly been lost for good following a service disruption at Sidekick provider Danger, the Microsoft subsidiary said on Saturday.
  • Wireless Network Troubleshooting

    Posted October 10, 2009 - 3:00 pm

    Following is a series of questions that can used as a guideline during the troubleshooting process.
  • Google patches DoS vulnerabilities in Android

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 9:55 pm

    Researchers at the Open Source Computer Emergency Response Team disclosed two denial-of-service vulnerabilities in Google's Android 1.5 mobile phone platform, both of which have already been patched by the vendor.
  • Mobile WAN operators raise 'openness' bar

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 9:44 pm

    It was a productive week for mobile WANs, with AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint all making announcements that broke new ground for the licensed operators.
  • Top 10: Microsoft and EU settle, phishing scams, busts

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Capping our list of top IT news stories this week, Microsoft and the European Commission reached accord on the ongoing antitrust case against the company. While this will free up some room in future top-news lists, we expect that we'll continue to have no end of bad news related to phishing scams, of which there was plenty this week as well. Thankfully, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison added some levity to the mix, though his brand of joking undoubtedly fell flat at
  • FCC to launch inquiry into Google Voice

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 9:12 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will launch an inquiry into Google Voice, the Web-based voice service, after complaints that the tech giant is blocking some calls.
  • French Senate moves to ban mobile phones in schools

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 12:11 pm

    Pupils at French primary schools and middle schools could be banned from using mobile phones in school under draft legislation approved Thursday by the French Senate.
  • Networks have to get more dense, Qualcomm says

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    The wireless industry has reached the limits of what it can do to use radio spectrum more efficiently and needs to move on to making networks more dense through tools such as femtocells, the cofounder and the current CEO of Qualcomm said Thursday.
  • Specialty stores are mobile app shops of the future

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Right now smartphone users can shop for apps in a confusing array of places. Their phones' hardware maker might have a store, as might the OS developer. Operators are making their own stores and third parties like Handmark and Handango have long offered application stores.
  • AT&T defends network, lays out HSPA plans

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    AT&T Chief Technology Officer John Donovan defended his company's wireless coverage against attacks by industry analysts and media while laying out some details about its plans for further network upgrades.
  • Ellison mocks's 'itty bitty' application

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison mocked on-demand CRM (customer relationship management) vendor during a shareholder meeting Wednesday, saying its "itty bitty" application depends on Oracle's products.
  • Telepresence cuts near $1M in travel costs for law firm

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    Sprawling international law firm DLA Piper has upgraded from videoconferencing to telepresence that will save the firm nearly $1 million dollars per year in reduced travel costs and lost productivity.
  • Telepresence interoperability tests bode well for Cisco

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    Interoperability issues, one of the downsides of Cisco telepresence, could fade in the background with the company’s purchase of Tandberg based on public interoperability tests this week.
  • Ex-Cisco exec's new start-up accelerates data access

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 12:43 pm

    Former Cisco storage executive Mark Cree is back with a new vendor called Storspeed, which has built a caching product that accelerates access to frequently needed data.
  • Sprint focuses on wireless M2M with new business unit

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 12:37 pm

    Sprint Nextel Inc. has been in the wireless M2M (machine-to-machine) business for a decade, but this week announced a greater focus on the exploding market area by creating a new Emerging Solutions business unit to speed up delivery of the technology to businesses and consumers.
  • ITU Telecom World expo shifts in response to economic crisis

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 9:40 am

    The ITU Telecom World exhibition has returned to Geneva after a visit to Hong Kong in 2006 -- and has brought many Asian exhibitors back with it. There are also signs that the way some companies are using the show is shifting.
  • CTIA backs standard data, power, audio jacks for phones

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 9:40 am

    The board of the wireless industry group CTIA this week voted to support broad adoption of two interfaces for connecting peripherals to mobile phones: Micro-USB and the 3.5mm "mini plug" headphone jack.
  • Skype, eBay win patent case on appeal

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 7:10 am

    A federal appeals court has found eBay and Skype have not infringed on two peer-to-peer patents held by Peer Communication, according to Skype's general counsel.
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