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PALM DESERT, Calif. — The American Idol-style demos haven’t even started yet at the DEMO convention, where I arrived this afternoon, and already the clamoring PR machine is in full effect. Most of the 68 companies here have put their ‘message’ onto the wire already, and […] Read more »

The first DEMO convention of the year starts Tuesday night down in the So Cali desert, where 68 startups will try to get noticed by the 700 or so expected press, VCs, and industry execs. For every Skype or Ironport that have launched products at the […] Read more »

What kind of a deal with the devil has Cingular done to get at the hottest mobile phone in the business? Verizon Wireless now says they walked away from the iPhone deal nearly two years ago largely because of Apple’s high financial demands and control of […] Read more »

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A group of companies that have been pushing mobile linux — Motorola, NEC, Samsung, among others — say they’ve named their organization the LiMo Foundation. Hardware companies take a cue from web 2.0 — or JLo. Read more »

The Google Metaverse meme has popped up again. Michael Eisenberg, a general partner with Benchmark Capital in Jerusalem kicked off a fresh discussion about Google building its own metaverse, a.k.a a virtual world akin to Second Life. This isn’t the first time there has been talk […] Read more »

EarthLink says that its home city of Atlanta has chosen it to build, own and operate a city-wide Wi-Fi network. I should hope so. Earthlink says the contract is not finalized, and that ‘every city is different’ in how the process gets completed. Read more »

For a company that is having a tough time sticking to its new name, the mobile division of AT&T, aka Cingular Wireless, knows one thing for sure: 2007 is all about milking 3G wireless. Not that the company has an option. All you have to do […] Read more »

This isn’t Moto’s month — handset margin pains, job cuts, profits down — and now a dig at its Connected Home division. A report from Lazard Capital markets says that according to their sources Cox has chosen Cisco for a network upgrade over Motorola in a […] Read more »

Cingular reported that its fourth quarter profit jumped to $782 million from $204 million a year earlier, as the company added 2.4 million subscribers. Wonder how many more iPhone fans will be coming in? Read more »

Ringtone company Moderati needs to sell more than ringtones to keep it running, so its launching a service called Mobile Faker, available on Sprint. Get fake phone calls to get you out of meetings and give out fake phone numbers to avoid bad dates. Read more »

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More bad news for Sprint Nextel. A report from IDC says that Verizon Wireless now leads the category of customer spending on data services — a title snatched from Sprint. Read more »

The modern mobile phone business gives the phrase, between a rock and a hard place, a brand new meaning. The demand for cell phones has never been higher, thanks to the demand for voice and text message services in emerging economies around the world. India, China, […] Read more »

Craig Settles, a consultant who studies all things MuniFi, sent out a report last night that says public access of city-wide Wi-Fi networks “will be widely viewed as financially the weakest pillar in the business case for municipal wireless,” by the end of 2007. Instead, mobile […] Read more »

Vancouver-based mobile services management startup Mobidia says it’s added $3.2 million (3.75M Canadian) to its series A round (bringing the total to about $6 million,) led by existing investor BDC Venture Capital and including British Columbia Discovery Fund and B.C. Advantage Funds. As carriers launch more […] Read more »

I’ve been pining over the new Apple Airport Extreme base station, which is based on the next-gen high speed Wi-Fi “n” standard, even though it’s still in the draft stage. The new standard is supposed to offer speeds around 100 Mbps to 300 Mbps (theoretically 600 […] Read more »

As Ed Zander outlined his vision of a mobile world at CES recently, he of course avoided to talk about some of the harder trends the industry will face this year — the rapid decline in the average cell phone prices due to both global competition […] Read more »

European Wi-Fi hotspot companies Trustive and the Cloud say they’re teaming up on a roaming agreement whereby Trustive customers can use Cloud hot spots in Europe. Trustive is a virtual WISP so needs any deals it can get with a network operator is a good thing […] Read more »

Sprint’s WiMAX investment is one of the most exciting drivers behind the mobile Internet this year. But whether or not Sprint will embrace the open model of the Internet or the traditionally closed way of the phone companies when it comes to its first WiMAX devices […] Read more »

The negotiation between the city of San Francisco and Earthlink over MuniFi concluded recently, and now the deal’s ultimate fate hangs with getting approval from the Board of Supervisors. We actually had no idea how iffy getting that approval might be until Earthlink’s Don Berryman said […] Read more »

AT&T and Verizon are busy spending billions building fiber networks, but meanwhile the cable companies will need to invest significantly to add bandwidth to their networks, says ABI research. ABI’s report says cable operators worldwide will spend $80 billion from 2007 through 2012 to extend bandwidth, […] Read more »

Now that wireless carriers and Internet search giants are all talking about the potentials of mobile advertising, we guess there’s room for another startup — Baltimore-based mobile ad company Millennial Media says that it has raised $6.3 million in a Series A round from Bessemer Venture […] Read more »

British mobile chip designers CSR says it has purchased both NordNav Technologies AB and the assets of Cambridge Positioning Systems to enable the company to sell a combined GPS/bluetooth chip product. Read more »

After we crawled out from under the CES/iPhone news pile last week, we took another look at Sprint Nextel’s update on WiMAX and its new guidance. We knew the news wasn’t too good, projecting that the company will cut 5,000 jobs, but we thought that the […] Read more »

Like Yahoo and Microsoft before it, Google is looking to open an office in San Francisco, according to the San Francisco Business Times. The report says Google has agreed to lease 210,000 sq. feet at San Francisco’s Hill Plaza, 345 Spear St, which could house more […] Read more »

CES is winding down — I’m looking forward to getting some sleep (kicking it at Bloghaus tended to go a bit late . . . OK way late) and getting out of Vegas. There’s only so many days of smoky casinos, bad carpeting and long taxi […] Read more »

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves’ keynote at CES managed to squeeze in more Web 2.0 buzz words, and viral videos references than I’ve heard all week — the Numa Numa kid, diet coke and mentos, Second Life, YouTube, wikis, avatars, mashups. Well, CBS has been proactive recently […] Read more »

LAS VEGAS, CES — CBS CEO Leslie Moonves’ keynote at CES managed to squeeze in more Web 2.0 buzz words, and viral videos references than I’ve heard all week — the Numa Numa kid, diet coke and mentos, Second Life, YouTube, wikis, avatars, mashups. Well, CBS […] Read more »

The madhouse that is the opening day of CES is over and one thing is clear – CES has become more and more about mobile devices. Yeah, it’s always been a well tread topic at the show, but as faster and bigger wireless networks come online […] Read more »

Verizon herded a group of press into the Palms this afternoon to talk about its mobile and broadband-based TV strategy, which it has been spending billions on to compete with cable and the other phone companies on the video front. True to speculation, Verizon Wireless announced […] Read more »

CES 2007: A casino conference room full of pale gadget fan-boy bloggers, doe-eyed PR reps, and pre-market electronics, means one thing — I’m in Vegas for the next few days for, what else, CES. The desert is cold, and Barry Manilow’s face is everywhere. I just […] Read more »

CES 2007, Las Vegas: First Modeo gave us details of its mobile TV launch at CES, then Samsung said it is working on its own mobile TV technology, now reports are saying Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm will announce the launch of MediaFLO mobile TV for Verizon […] Read more »

It’s been a long time coming but Earthlink just emailed us to say it has reached an agreement with San Francisco over the terms of the contract for the city-wide WiFi deal. Now all those vocal local critics can renew their protesting. It’s not quite the […] Read more »

Google confirmed its investment in Chinese P2P startup Xunlei according to various reports. We wrote about the investment in early December. The New York Times reports that Google invested $5 million for a 4% stake, which means Xunlei is valued at $125 million — we were […] Read more »

The online and mobile video startup Decentral.tv is trying to build its business under the radar. That’s hard when your company is backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson Richards and according to our sources Niklas Zennstrom (also see Atomico investment group.) So its interesting to see an […] Read more »

Nokia managed to squeeze into the biggest WiMAX buildout around where Sprint could spend almost $3 billion dollars on a WiMAX network. The companies said this morning that Nokia will provide infrastructure and devices for Sprint’s network, including WiMAX base transceiver stations, and WiMAX-enabled mobile devices […] Read more »

Paramount Pictures and Crisp Wireless say they are launching a mobile portal for movie promotions and mobile content. Admit it, you want to get Nacho Libre ring tones on the go. Read more »

Virgin Mobile USA is saying it has 4.6 million customers, which makes it one of the most popular MVNO in the U.S. Last I heard Boost Mobile had 3.6 million customers, and readers point out Tracfone, which has 7 million. It took these companies years to […] Read more »

As if there weren’t enough mobile TV standards waiting in the wings, Samsung is planning to announce another mobile TV broadcast technology at CES called Advanced-Vestigial Side-Band, that will use digital signals from local TV broadcasters. The Wall Street Journal has some details, and Samsung PR […] Read more »

So what if most U.S. carriers won’t touch Google, the king-maker is doing a mobile search deal with the world’s largest wireless carrier, China Mobile. Google will provide its search engine technology for China Mobile’s WAP portal. The partnership has been rumored for weeks, but was […] Read more »

Modeo, the mobile TV company owned by Crown Castle, plans to announce on Monday that its service is live in New York city, in what the company is calling a ‘beta commercial launch.’ There’s a bit of hand waving involved, as the beta service is closed […] Read more »

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