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RIM waves off Amazon interest, insisting it can turn things around

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has turned down Amazon.com and other parties that have expressed interest in purchasing the company, Reuters is reporting. RIM has made a number of failed attempts to reinvent itself and inject new energy into the company — think: BlackBerry Torch, BlackBerry PlayBook, BlackBerry 7 OS — as it works to compete against [...]

Investors attempt to separate winners (viz. Local Tandem) from losers in wake of ICC reforms

One company that’s happy about inter-carrier compensation reforms detailed in the FCC’s recent Connect America Fund order (FCC adopts Universal Service and inter-carrier compensation reform order) is Neutral Tandem. The company gives competitive carriers an alternative to using tandem voice service switches operated by the former Bell companies. Show More Summary

ITC’s ruling for Microsoft, as with Apple, a disappointing win

Microsoft, like Apple, is half celebrating. The U.S. International Trade Commission made an initial ruling yesterday that Motorola is in violation of one Microsoft patent — but not six others. Motorola is one of the last Android-using holdouts to resist paying Microsoft royalties for the OS, which includes capabilities for which Microsoft apparently holds some of the [...]

Apple the victor in ITC ruling, but the spoils may go to HTC, Android

The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled in favor Apple, saying that some features on Android-running handsets from HTC infringe on an Apple patent. The case is one in a tall pile of legal complaints filed by smartphone industry players. Apple has additionally sued HTC in a U.S. federal court — along with other makers of Android [...]

Verizon and Cablevision settle video advertising dispute–at least for now

Verizon and Cablevision have settled a lawsuit about claims made in Verizon FiOS ads, Bloomberg reported yesterday. Cablevision had objected to Verizon’s assertion that Cablevision delivers at most 59% of its advertised speeds during peak hours and to other claims made in Verizon ads. Verizon said its claims were based on FCC data. But Cablevision said [...]

Apple reportedly readying to conquer TV industry

Apple is getting serious about its plans to transform the way consumers interact with televisions as dramatically as it did their dealings with music and telephones. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Apple executives have begun talking with media executives about “their vision for the future of TV.” The Times’ Nick Bilton was on to [...]

HFC network operators offer high-value freebies to current customers

Verizon’s deal to market cable company services, announced within days of a Verizon exec’s revelation that the company foresees an end to its FiOS buildout (CP: Verizon’s McAdam says video key to LTE and smartphone adoption), has caused some industry watchers to tout the superiority of cable company hybrid-fiber coax networks. The investment to support [...]

Gartner — Catching the 80 year wave

The 80 year long Information Age is moving into its second half. Technology is installed, ubiquitous, commoditized and consumerized. What now? Essentially, if we needed telling, competitive advantage will now come from what you can do with technology not the technology itself. As Mark Raskino, vice president and Gartner Fellow says of the first half, where [...]

We now know who deployed Carrier IQ, if not how it will all end up

In response to a U.S. Senate request for details on the use of its software, vendor Carrier IQ and partners including AT&T, Sprint, HTC, and Samsung released a list of phones on which the software is installed (see the full list below — it’s extensive). Next week, T-Mobile and Motorola will provide that information as [...]

Hot development area: TV antennas (no joke)

It seems like everyone is pursuing opportunities involving TV broadcast spectrum. White space database administrators like Spectrum Bridge are putting the finishing touches on technology to enable the use of SuperWiFi and other emerging broadband apps in areas where broadcasters aren’t using the spectrum (CP: FCC frees up TV white spaces). Meanwhile, the FCC and [...]

Verizon launches Galaxy Nexus, T-Mobile shares Nokia Lumia plans

Verizon Wireless today begins selling the Samsung-made, Google-backed Galaxy Nexus. Selling for $300, with a two-year contract, it’s the first to run Android 4.0, known as “Ice Cream Sandwich,” on Verizon’s 4G network. Notably, it features a redesigned user interface, a 1.2GHz processor, an HTML5 Web browser, a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display, mobile hotspot capabilities [...]

North State Communications’ plan to purchase DataChambers continues a trend

As non-rural Independent telcos, North State Communications and WVT Communications Group have a common bond. And today they gained another commonality. North State said today it plans to acquire DataChambers, an information technology...Show More Summary

Google’s ‘Majel’ may make Apple’s Siri feel less alone in the universe

Google is working to make a friend like Apple’s Siri for Android, and could be finished in time for the two to ring in the new year together, Android and Me is reporting. The Siri copycat is codenamed Majel, says the report — think “module” but with a New Jersey accent. (Settle down, I’m from the [...]

Would Verizon really buy Netflix? And how would it work?

Verizon seems intent on building an over-the-top video business – interesting timing since it also just signaled that it’s had just about enough of building out its uber-expensive FiOS network, content to let it pass just the most concentrated – and likely most profitable – areas in its serving territories. The latest Verizon OTT rumor: [...]

Cloud adoption — few cost savings reported, time for a closer look?

The cloud has been the source of clever headlines for a year or two now, but what are the experiences of the early adopters? Research firm TNS surveyed 3,645 IT decision makers around the world to find out. The study, sponsored by CSC, found that the primary driver for moving to the cloud is not cost [...]

Mobile payments not growing as fast as expected

Despite a bonanza on Black Friday and an increased use of mobiles to pay for bargains, there are still barriers to mobile commerce. According to Akamai, there were 1.845 million page views a minute on Thanksgiving night, with mobile playing a bigger role than ever. With mobile traffic representing 14.3% of visits to major sites [...]

Verizon defends itself against Cablevision false advertising claims

Verizon is aggressively defending itself in response to false advertising allegations made last week by Cablevision. The cable company last week filed a lawsuit in a federal court seeking an end to a Verizon campaign critical of Cablevision’s high-speed Internet services. In a statement, Verizon said Cablevision is the company that has been doing the deceptive [...]

AT&T, says judge, needs to prove it’s not taking everyone for a ride

The latest development in the AT&T saga is that its deal to buy T-Mobile may be “near death,” Bloomberg is reporting. According to the report, U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle in Washington has agreed to postpone the antitrust case against AT&T, which was scheduled to begin Feb. 13. But — and it’s a big but [...]

FCC lays out CALM Act enforcement plans

In an era of deep political divisions, there is one thing virtually all Americans can agree on: TV commercials are too loud. Late last year legislators voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Commercial Advertising Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act, with the goal of prohibiting commercials from being broadcast at a higher volume than the programming they accompany. [...]

International remittances to grow, but beware the fees

Remittances via mobile devices are set to reach $55 billion in 2016, most of this through traditional migration corridors, according to a new study by Juniper Research. Currently at $12 billion, the remittance market has quietly been driving the revolution in mobile money. The main routes down which money is sent are the US and Mexico [...]

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