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Wi-Fi mesh makers are turning to Google Earth for an added birds-eye view of networks. Why? Mesh creators can use hardware and software from companies like Strix and SkyPilot to obtain location and operational data of network nodes, and create useful maps using Google Earth. DIY […] Read more »

Despite years of market hype cycles pumping up the short range wireless technology UWB, investors are still interested. UWB chip company Artimi says Khosla Ventures just added $5 million to its series B, bringing its total to $50 million. Read more »

Trying to create an upstart hipster cell phone company is utterly expensive. Peter Adderton and Sky Dayton, the CEOs of MVNOs Amp’d Mobile and Helio, know this all too well by now. Amp’d is adding another $107 million in funding, according to PEHub and VentureWire, which […] Read more »

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It wasn’t until the end of Jonathan Grubb’s “how to mobilize your web product” presentation this morning at Rubyred Labs, that I realized where I recognized the co-founder of Rubyred and former Yahoo mobile developer — he went head to head with GigaTeam’s fearless leader for […] Read more »

NewTeeVee: Bram puts the smackdown on Joost. NewTeeVee: The table (uh, lens) is turned on our online video crew WebWorkerDaily: Four web-based RSS options for the mobile WebWorkerDaily: 37Signals’s latest app, HighRise GigaGamez: FlowPlay gets funded — $$$ in web-based MMOs for kids Read more »

Trolltech (those Greenphone guys) says Skype has chosen its Linux development technology Qtopia as the “prefered platform” for Skype’s certified Wi-Fi phones. That includes the Netgear and Belkin Wi-Fi phones and other Skype certified WiFi devices in the future. The companies already have a partnership for […] Read more »

MocoNews confirms that Disney is buying Beijing-based mobile content company Enorbus and says the price is around $20 million. The deal had been rumored by local media back in September 2006. Enorbus is backed by the Carlyle Group and Qualcomm. Read more »

Getting Skype to work on mobile phones has been the ambition of an excess of startups, and has gotten some recent attention from a few carriers too. The latest startup to tackle mobile Skype is Mobivox, which has recently changed its company and service name from […] Read more »

The day is approaching where average consumers will want a true web-browsing Internet-style experience on mobile devices. It might not be anytime soon, but it’s coming nonetheless. For wireless carriers who are now trying to get subscribers to access mobile data over 3G it is both […] Read more »

Mobile social gaming startup Frengo, which is backed by $2.3 million from Index Ventures and Khosla Ventures, is officially announcing its service today. The company creates games based on SMS and the web, with themes like March Madness-style polls, make-your-own text quizes (which are actually pretty […] Read more »

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The location based AIM plugin powered by Skyhook Wireless that we wrote about last October is now available. LBS via AIM and Wi-Fi access points — check it out. Read more »

Most likely you’ve seen cell phone “short codes” when advertisers slap them on candy wrappers or big media brands like American Idol create text message-based voting campaigns. You know, text a message to this 5 or so digit mobile code and get some free stuff you […] Read more »

As soon as I get some free time I’m going to try to tackle this Wi-Fi detector project from MAKE — it pulses to the strength of a Wi-Fi signal. Read more »

It was about a month and a half ago that Verizon Wireless made its EVDO Rev A network official, announcing the first markets and a Rev A USB card. Now the company says it will offer a Rev A ExpressCard, the V740 by Novatel Wireless for […] Read more »

Are we ready for full length TV shows on cell phones? — If you watch a lot of mobile video over 3G, you’ll probably say heck no. Well, it’s coming anyway — NBC Universal and MobiTV say they’ll be offering full-length prime time shows on-demand over […] Read more »

Wondering where the world’s largest artichoke is? Not really (it’s 78.5 miles from me). What about the closest brewery? Well, that’s a little closer to the mark and only 3 miles away. You can find a dozen purely novel and occasionally useful mobile location based services […] Read more »

Nokia will build Sprint Nextel’s WiMAX network in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio, Texas. Sprint is aiming to start WiMAX service in these markets in the first half of 2008. Yee-haw. Read more »

A half-dozen tech companies are hoping a prototype of a device will help solve the serious lack of competition in the wireless access space. Microsoft, Google, Dell, HP, Philips and Intel are planning on delivering a device to the FCC today, according to the Washington Post, […] Read more »

Israeli wireless HD video chip developer AMIMON says Motorola has invested an undisclosed round in the company. AMIMON is hoping its technology becomes the standard for wireless HD transmission and has been working with Sanyo to produce an HD projector. Read more »

Casabi, a Campbell, California-based startup that creates digital home communications software and services, says its raised $10 million in a series B led by Canaan Partners. The company has raised a total of $15.5 million for its technology which it sells to carriers. Read more »

A lot of us are still avid text messagers, not because we enjoy paying our carrier those tiring toll (or package) fees, but because it’s still one of the most reliable ways to get a text-based message to a cell phone user — not everyone has […] Read more »

Tired of waiting for the San Francisco Wi-Fi network proposed by Earthlink and Google? San Francisco residents in some select neighborhoods will have another option, courtesy of Meraki, the Mountain View, Calif.-based start-up that recently raised money from Sequoia Capital and Google. Meraki will build a […] Read more »

The home of the Governator, the SF Giants and over 35 million people is also witnessing an aggressive push by its cities and counties to go Wi-Fi. There’s a pretty good reason for that. We’ve got some big urban areas, Silicon Valley’s early adopters in our […] Read more »

San Mateo-based Wi-Fi tracking startup AeroScout says its raised $21 million in a series C investment led by Menlo Ventures. Participating investors include Cisco, Intel Capital, Star Ventures, Pitango and Greylock Partners. Businesses that already have Wi-Fi networks and want tracking systems can save on money […] Read more »

Its like a scene from Groundhog Day for Nortel. The Canadian telecom gear company says it will once again restate certain financial results. That’s the fourth time in four years that the company has had to restate corrected financial errors. Sheesh. The restatement is also the […] Read more »

Mobile video startup MobiTV says it’s passed 2 million paying subscribers, which is double what the company had a year ago. I’m not much of a fan of the mobile video over 3G viewing experience right now, but it looks like more people are signing up. Read more »

Verizon Wireless is getting all set to launch a new mobile television service based on Qualcomm’s MediaFLO network. The service is going to launch in select markets on March 1. RCR Wireless first reported the news of the planned launch date, and we have some exclusive […] Read more »

Motricity, the Durham, North Carolina-based mobile content delivery company has a habit of raising more and more capital. The company, that competes with the likes of Qualcomm and VeriSign says it has raised another $50 million in a series H round (yeah, I said H) from […] Read more »

iSkoot, the Skype-to-mobile extender service, says it has raised $7 million in a series B round, bringing the company’s total funds raised to $13.2 million. The latest round was led by Charles River Ventures and includes previous investors Khosla Ventures, ZG Ventures, and Jesselson Capital Corp. […] Read more »

Fixed mobile convergence, the merger of wired and wireless networks, is a topic that always seems to top the list of telecom trends every year. T-Mobile made the topic interesting last year when it started a service for consumers in the Seattle area, and the WSJ […] Read more »

Wi-Fi hardware startup Ruckus Wireless says it has started selling a $200 Wi-Fi access point geared for Wi-Fi hotspots with more active (ie. bandwidth-needy) users, called the MediaFlex HS. The company says the gear doubles the signal range, and offers better access to voice and video […] Read more »

Walk a few blocks in parts of San Francisco and you’ll pass half-a-dozen offices that house online video companies. That’s why we like it here. So, in honor of the Bay Area’s booming online video industry, there’s this monthly online video meetup event, that I’ve been […] Read more »

At least for this week, the mobile industry’s largest and most litigious companies laid down some of their arms and gave us oh-so brief warm and snuggly feelings. OK, with the exception of that whole Alcatel-Lucent/Microsoft thing. Cisco’s battle over the iPhone ended with a shared […] Read more »

There is a lot of talk about cities looking to offer MuniFi networks to residents in partnership with private companies, non profits or on their own. Not that much is heard from the state level. But according to this local report (via Broadbandreports) South Carolina is […] Read more »

A service called Bandwagon, that describes itself as a “mind numbingly simple online iTunes backup for Mac users” says it’s launching today — though the service doesn’t seem to be live yet on its site. Check out a more detailed description, and these screenshots on flickr […] Read more »

We’ve been waiting for word on the iPhone battle all day, but here it is, a tiny statement delivered after hours. Cisco and Apple just put out a release that basically says the companies have reached an agreement over the iPhone trademark. The statement is scant […] Read more »

Looks like a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing — or maybe some old hockey puck head injuries are haunting the NHL folks. Now the latest word from the NHL is that the problem with the blocking of some […] Read more »

Latest update to our story on NewTeeVee, NHL says it didn’t tell YouTube to disable any embedding of its videos, and says any blocked embedding was a glitch on their end that “has since been corrected.” We’ve noticed several have now been fixed. Earlier this morning […] Read more »

Cell phone text message promotion startup Mozes says it’s raised $5 million in a first round of venture funding from Norwest Venture Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners. I ended up signing up for Mozes because it has a mobile service for the music festival NoisePop, […] Read more »

Update 2: NHL now says the problem was a glitch/miscommunication on their end. The conclusion to the story (hopefully this is it?) got so long, we wrote it up in a separate post. Update: NHL tells us: “We’re trying to determine why this happened…it wasn’t at […] Read more »

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