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As a kid my after-school sitter was the outlandish and catty plotlines of daytime soaps — Days of Our Lives, As the World Turns, and the like (latchkey kids unite). Now after reading the latest on Motorola’s fall from grace and recent anti-Zander comments from Carl […] Read more »

eBuddy, the Amsterdam-based IM aggregator, is turning 3 years old this week — a respectable middle age in the web startup world. And while I wouldn’t go as far as saying there’s a mid-life crisis coming, since the company became profitable and brought in 10.3 million […] Read more »

China’s online video startups might have been the hot venture trend over the past year — see Jackson’s wistful note about making a career change — but are they making any money yet? Not so much, and it won’t likely happen for a while for distribution […] Read more »

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Digg fans are getting their own Wayback Machine type mashup for locating lost Digg stories. DuggBack is a site that helps you find removed stories using a mix of mirrors and caches. The service uses the Digg API, and mirror services from DuggMirror, Coral CDN, Wayback […] Read more »

Time Warner Cable is making some noise today about its formerly named ‘Mobile Access’ cellular service, now called Pivot. The company announced the service and posted a phone number on its web site where you can order it in certain markets. I’m not sure the service […] Read more »

Hundred dollar laptop backer Nicholas Negroponte says the laptops will actually cost $175 and will have an options for running Windows. The realities of manufacturing and designing mass market products has set in, but the result is still pretty good, don’t you think? I saw a […] Read more »

It’s funny, usually the press materials at conferences are full of easily ignored sponsor pages and a real waste of trees. But the handouts at the DowJones VentureWire “Wireless Innovations Conference” had some juicy listings, parsing out the 60 participating startups by “financing plans,” “amount raised,” […] Read more »

We thought Qualcomm might be finally embracing WiMAX, given its recent purchase of TeleCIS’ mobile WiMAX assets. Not so much. Len Lauer, Qualcomm’s Executive Vice President and Group president, gave WiMAX the smackdown at the Wireless Innovations conference on Wednesday. Lauer said WiMAX is more expensive […] Read more »

Mobile might be the next frontier according to corporate leaders like Google CEO Eric Schmidt, but the market needs innovation to push the mobile web, and mobile services to the next level. At the Wireless Innovations conference in Redwood City on Wednesday, it was clear that […] Read more »

Damn, the Chicago area is getting to be the hot zone for new wireless broadband plans. Last week the Chicago Tribune wrote that EarthLink and AT&T are bidding to build city-wide Wi-Fi networks. Sprint has already picked the city for one of its WiMAX launch cities. […] Read more »

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For those of us in the U.S. who have been harboring broadband envy of leading connected countries like Denmark and South Korea, things just got a bit worse. The latest stats from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation & Development (OECD) for December 2006 show that the […] Read more »

London is officially jumping on the mesh Wi-Fi bandwagon today with operator The Cloud switching on the 127-node network built with BelAir Networks gear. With some of the large-scale Wi-Fi networks like Taipei’s slow to bring in a significant amount of users, it’s becoming clear that […] Read more »

The decibel level around Google phone has gone up considerably in recent weeks. Google CEO Eric Schmidt called mobile the biggest growth area for the company at the Web 2.0 expo. True to his word, Google has been looking to hire to fill out its mobile […] Read more »

The Valley likes to stuff money into the next telecommunication technology that will tear down the traditional phone company monopolies. And ya’ll know we love to write about them. But the public markets haven’t been too keen on some of the more high-risk, high-spending telcom services. […] Read more »

A little South by Southwest love, a lot of mainstream press ink, and some overloaded servers have convinced Obvious to turn Twitter, its little hotshot web and SMS service, into its own company. Evan Williams’ Obvious Corp. said this week that it’s spinning off the tool […] Read more »

Motorola CEO Ed Zander has been calling the company’s handset results “unacceptable,” with a pledge to improve performance. But it looks like it’s going to take several quarters to try to fix the problem. The company posted first quarter sales of $9.43 billion – close to […] Read more »

A report from Digitimes (via Engadget) says the Google phone is coming from HTC, as early as the end of 2007. If that’s really true, I’m not sure which I want more, iPhone or Google phone. Read more »

Qualcomm has bought the mobile WiMAX assets of TeleCIS Wireless for an undisclosed sum. Qualcomm tells Unstrung that it bought the company’s engineering resources for its “mobile broadband system knowledge and System On a Chip design experience.” Though, perhaps Qualcomm is also hedging its bet in […] Read more »

Operation WiMAX is underway, and carriers are spending some serious moolah on building out the networks. South Korea launched a WiBro network last year and in the U.S. Sprint and Clearwire are working on mobile WiMAX services, too. It’s about time for some attention on the […] Read more »

Who knows when San Francisco will get its city-wide Wi-Fi network, courtesy of Google and EarthLink. But I did get a chance to hop onto startup Meraki’s San Francisco network last weekend, that the company has dubbed Free the Net. The ad-hoc Wi-Fi network is already […] Read more »

While the startup-sphere was all knee-deep in DEMO coverage last January, TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington and Sequoia Capital EIA and Weblogs Inc cofounder Jason Calacanis talked up their plans to launch their conference TechCrunch20. Their idea is to bring together 20 new startups, which are chosen on […] Read more »

The over-funded and over-litigated world of push mobile email is about to get an upstart free service from an entrepreneur with substantial roots in the industry. The New York Times writes about Nicholas Fodor, the founder of Coral Gables, Florida-based SetNet, which will launch a free […] Read more »

All right, so Dr. Dre, born André Romell Young, 42, might not have always been the quintessential role model for khaki-wearing entrepreneurs. He once threw TV host Dee Barnes down the stairs after she aired a feud within his rap group on air (the incident gained […] Read more »

So we’ve come to the final chapter of SavaJe, a startup that has been pushing a mobile operating system based on Java for several years with the backing of high profile investors, and not much to show for the effort. Sun announced today that it will […] Read more »

Add a vocal Carl Icahn-style activist investor to the long list of issues Sprint needs to tackle in 2007: build WiMAX, fix the Nextel integration, cut workers, coax back those high-end customers . . . now also figure out how to manage press-friendly pissed off shareholders. […] Read more »

Qualcomm says hell no to Nokia’s $20 million attempted payment in a press release today. Qualcomm says that payment is a fraction of what Nokia agreed to and a fraction of what Qualcomm patent portfolio is worth. Check out our timeline of how the companies reached […] Read more »

Synaptics CEO Francis Lee chats easily enough about the company’s touch-screen technology, its pimped-out concept phone the Onyx, and even about his interest in picking up a voice-recognition technology company. But when it comes to those rumors that Synaptics’ ClearPad touch screen technology is being used […] Read more »

Mobio Networks, a startup with a mobile application for web-based lifestyle content, is officially opening up its service on Wednesday. I’ve checked out the free app at DEMO, which has widgets for movie times, event listings and other info about what to do when you’re out […] Read more »

MuniFi has now been live long enough in many cities to get some feedback. Like we predicted, this year many of these bigger networks will now be put to the test. And well, certain initial findings are a little troubling when it comes to consumer use […] Read more »

NextWave Wireless, the wireless rebirth of Allen Salmasi ‘s controversial spectrum-hungry company, said it will spend $100 million in stock and cash on IPWireless, with a total of $135 million based on certain revenue milestones. Read more »

South Korean SK Telecom has Helio. Now Japan’s KDDI is working on an MVNO for the U.S. market, running over Sprint’s network, and is targeting Japanese customers in the U.S. Hopefully they aren’t investing Helio-type dollars for that small of a target market. Read more »

The upcoming land grab over analog TV spectrum is getting more high profile investors. The New York Times says that John Doerr, James Barksdale and Vanu Bose have joined the investment group behind Frontline Wireless, a wireless venture focusing on public safety and open access led […] Read more »

Dash Navigation, the startup with a broadband and GPS car device, is looking for 2,000 testers for its product. They want gadget-loving consumers that spend a lot of time in their cars. Sounds like everyone we know. See if you qualify. Read more »

Twitter is just the beginning. SMS is finally going mainstream in the U.S. and start-ups are getting creative with this messaging technology that is part of daily life across the planet. Venture capitalists have been funding a lot of these startups that use the SMS platform […] Read more »

With parts of Nokia and Qualcomm’s patent licensing agreement set to expire on April 9th, both companies have ratched up their rhetoric and public moves. The harsh words thrown around in the feud are getting as catty as Perez Hilton. While Nokia said this week it […] Read more »

The Wall Street Journal has a PR-friendly story about dot mobi addresses. Other than when I’ve researched dot mobi I’ve rarely met a company that is focusing efforts on these — more just buying them in a defensive move. M:Metrics says that there are no dot […] Read more »

VoIP-based callback startup Jajah has been promoting its growing list of compatible mobile devices lately — the LG Prada, and promises of the iPhone, as soon as its available. Many devices with an Internet connection and a browser shouldn’t have too much trouble connecting to the […] Read more »

NewTeeVee: Barry Diller takes Vimeo under the IAC wing NewTeeVee: NBC tops TV network peers for online visits WebWorkerDaily: 5 steps to a good working mood WebWorkerDaily: Email’s not dead, just evolved Read more »

Nokia says it has paid Qualcomm $20 million for UMTS patent licenses that cover the second quarter of 2007. This new license deal is not part of the broader agreements that are set to expire on April 9, 2007. We marked out a handy timeline of […] Read more »

Mobile content company Cellfish Media announced it has added another $10 million to its first round of funding from the Solidarity Fund QFL. The startup has now raised $60 million and is looking to launch a new mobile and web based product this summer. Read more »

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