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Philadelphia’s former WiFi and technology guru, Dianah Neff, will land at the private consulting firm Civitium, points out Muni Wireless and a release from Civitium. Looks like the public face of Philly’s metro WiFi got smart and will use her high profile to follow the dollars […] Read more »

The AWS spectrum auction really heated up in the ninth round of bidding, bringing the total amount of bids to $3.58 billion and net bids at $3.49 billion. That’s a jump of over a billion dollars from the eighth round, which brought in a total $2.43 […] Read more »

Last week the mobile content management company Motricity rung up at least $32 million in a series G funding that could include an additional amount of financing. They’re sure moving through the alphabet pretty quickly! There has been some speculation about how much more money their […] Read more »

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Motricity, a Durham, NC-based wireless start up has raised another $32 million in funding, led by Advanced Equities, which is the companies 7th round to date. The 5-year-old company, which has so far raised $152 million, also says it will add more funding to the current […] Read more »

How many web travel startups make a bubble? We’re not sure, but it’s starting to look like one. Yesterday Groople said it has raised $6 million led by ArrowPath Venture Partners and FA Technology Ventures for its group-targeted travel. Every week we get news of online […] Read more »

Fotolog, one of the many photosharing sites out there, says it already has four million members. And with no attempts at creating a non-English site, users are mostly in Latin America. (Unintended consequence of a Flat world?) (Update: Fotolog’s site went down for awhile, but is […] Read more »

Updated for Round 5: After Round 5, the total bid amounts came to $1.47 billion in total bids, and $1.45 billion in net bids. Wireless DBS moved to the top with $352.5 million, followed by T-Mobile with $324.7 million, SpectrumCo with $212.3 million. Further down in […] Read more »

The University of California is joining Google’s book scanning project, and Google will scan several million of UC’s titles. The project is somewhat controversial, but we’re thinking if author’s and publisher’s groups were half as powerful as the RIAA or MPAA, there would be a bigger […] Read more »

Yahoo was right to get flustered when MySpace was declared the Net’s new #1. But if MySpace keeps growing at its current rate, Yahoo might have to face the music soon enough. ComScore’s July numbers are out and UBS takes a look: Yahoo is still the […] Read more »

We just sat in on the Sprint’s conference call, which brought together Sprint Nextel CEO Gary Forsee, Motorola’s Ed Zander, Intel’s Sean Maloney and Samsung’s KiTae Lee. Here are the details. Sprint confirmed it has chosen mobile WiMAX as the technology for its 4G network and […] Read more »

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Nokia says its buying the Seattle-based digital music company Loudeye for $60 million, which aggregates content and rights from music labels for distribution across mobile, Internet and other platforms. Nokia said it is paying $4.50 per share. Loudeye’s stock had sat under $1 for weeks, mostly […] Read more »

Sprint plans to announce the details of its much-anticipated 4G network in a conference later today, and the company has been trialling various technologies including WiMAX, Qualcomm-backed technologies, and IP Wireless’ technology, among others. Some are saying that Sprint has chosen WiMAX, partly to avoid the […] Read more »

TripHub, a Seattle-based online travel service is incorporating community and social networking features to cash in on the ongoing online travel boom. The year-old startup has also raised an undisclosed amount of funding from its current backer, Seattle-based Madrona Venture Group. MVG is well known for […] Read more »

EverNote, a startup founded by Stepan Pachikov, is about to announce that it has raised $6 million in a series A funding and has added Esther Dyson and Max Levchin, founder of PayPal and Slide, to its board. The money came from equity investment firm J.F. […] Read more »

The stock option mess is bruising two of the biggest tech brands to date — Apple and Steve Jobs. Apple just released a statement that says due to “irregularities related to the issuance of certain stock option grants made between 1997 and 2001″ the company will […] Read more »

Everyone knows Google is the King of search, and Hitwise released some data to confirm the fact: Google has increased its share of volume of U.S. searches from 59.3% to 60.2% for the month of July. When Om visited the Googleplex last month, he discussed this […] Read more »

Sprint Nextel lowered its earnings guidance for the year from $13B to between $12.6 billion to $12.9 billion (EBITDA) in its second quarter earnings report today, and reported lowered earnings for the quarter of $370 million, down from $599 million. The news led the company’s stock […] Read more »

The wireless spectrum auction is next Wednesday, and analysts from UBS have a taken a look at the data and given us some of their thoughts. A key point is that the analysts predict that the overall prices paid for spectrum are likely to be lower […] Read more »

GoogleFi, Google’s Mountain View network, may be good for data connections, but is it good enough for making voice calls? In order to find out answers, I headed down to Mountain View to conduct some first hand tests, and well, make some VoIP calls. Voice over […] Read more »

Qualcomm was able to convince another carrier to start testing its MediaFLO technology for broadcasting content to cell phones — SoftBank of Japan. SoftBank entered the wireless business when it acquired Vodafone’s Japanese operations (Vodafone KK) in March 2006. While there are several competing standards for […] Read more »

Open Source software might not be as visible in the telecom world, but its impact is slowly but surely being felt. A series of projects are tackling complicated products such as high-end switches, while others are cooking up DNS, Firewall and VPN gear. In fact start-ups […] Read more »

There is a lot of debate over whether city-wide WiFi, or WiMAX, will replace or cannibalize high speed cellular networks. Telecoms and mobile handset makers talk about an era of seamless connectivity and painless switching between cellular and WiFi networks. Never mind the inherent conflicts with […] Read more »

Fresh from Verizon’s Chocolate-phone sugar high yesterday, the company reported its second quarter earnings today of $1.6 billion on revenues of $22.7 billion. Earnings were down from the second quarter of last year, but the company said revenues were up 25.6% from the year earlier. Verizon […] Read more »

Ed Whitacre, AT&T’s Chairman and CEO, stopped by a conference for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in downtown San Francisco this morning, and gave a speech with some harsh words about the Net Neutrality issue. There are reports that a vote on a Net […] Read more »

The upcoming AWS spectrum auction could be a desperate attempt for survival by EchoStar and DirecTV says the Denver Post. The companies are part of a consortium, with Rupert Murdoch and others, that was recently approved to bid for spectrum. Proving the importance of the move, […] Read more »

In sharp contrast to Google’s free model in Mountain View and Earthlink’s for pay model in the city of Anaheim, Boston, home of Red Sox Nation, is exploring another model for planned city-wide wireless broadband. The Boston mayor unveiled plans of the service that will be […] Read more »

Verizon is the first U.S. carrier to start selling LG’s hot new ‘Chocolate’ phone, which Verizon customers can buy online today and in stores starting August 7th. Verizon says the deal is exclusive, and that it will be the only carrier in the U.S. to sell […] Read more »

The FCC just released a list of 168 qualified bidders for the AWS spectrum auction coming up on August 9th, and also announced that the process will not involve the controversial blind bidding. We’ve been following the companies interested in bidding pretty closely, and there were […] Read more »

iSkoot, a startup that connects Skype over regular cell phones, just upgraded beta software on its site that lets users receive Skype calls, add and remove contacts, and set an online status. The upgrade also adds support for phones like the Motorola RAZR, SLVR L7, PEBL, […] Read more »

Clearstone Venture Partners has been quietly incubating a considerable number of consumer Internet startups recently. First we found some vague details on SPOCK, and earlier this week I bumped into ThisNext, an online shopping discovery company, that has raised $3.5 million, led by Clearstone, of course. […] Read more »

For Moto its all China all the time. Earlier this month the company opened a store in Shanghai, and now Motorola says it has a deal with Chinese online game company Shanda for mobile gaming. Motorola’s E680g handset will offer several of Shanda’s online game titles […] Read more »

Google is about to open up its Mountain View WiFi network to more than 500 more trusted testers, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans. The expanded test indicates that the service is inching closer to its public debut. Google hopes to make the service […] Read more »

Cyworld, the South Korean-born social network, has opened its U.S. site into “public beta,” meaning anyone can now access the site and create those lovable “minihomes” and “minirooms” that have captured more than a third of the Korean population (see screen shots of the U.S. site […] Read more »

Live from Mountain View – This morning I got an email invitation welcoming me to try out Google’s Mountain View WiFi network as one of the trusted testers. I’m not sure if it was a random invite or not, after writing a bit about Google’s Mountain […] Read more »

We just chatted with Meebo co-founder Seth Sternberg and he told us that he just closed a deal with Netvibes to create a Meebo module for fully integrated IM access within the Netvibes site. The Netvibes blog has some screen shot here and more info on […] Read more »

Qualcomm’s (QCOM) cell phone tax has been clashing with carriers in developing markets recently. The San Diego giant has a patent portfolio that lets it take a percentage of every CDMA handset sold, including patents for 3G. Over the past few weeks, three carriers with large […] Read more »

MTC Group, the Middle Eastern telecom company, is an interesting operator to watch — the company recently launched several SMS-donation campaigns for the people of Lebanon. The PR strategy/philanthropy is a typical move of CEO Saad Al-Barrak, a passionate telecom wild-catter running networks in the Middle […] Read more »

Last week Digital Chocolate was reported to have raised a new round of funding. When I talked to CEO Trip Hawkins last week he said that the reports were slightly inaccurate and that the company would announce the news this week. So today the company said […] Read more »

Limelight, the CDN darling for hot content startups, announced a monster round of $130 million in funding from Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, which we heard was in the works earlier this month. Limelight said it will spend the money on building out it’s infrastructure. The Tempe, […] Read more »

Veeker, a San Francisco-based stealth mode company is working on a mobile video sharing offering that combines two of the hottest Silicon Valley start-up themes: user generated video and wireless. The company has just started showing off its alpha offering to potential investors. A dinner companion […] Read more »

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