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A few weeks ago, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson told the Wall Street Journal that his company was interested in extending its exclusive contract with Apple through 2011. It was interesting to see a senior executive at one of world’s largest telecom companies tip his hand publicly. […] Read more »

Regardless of what happens to Skype — if it’s resold to founders, merged with another web giant or spun off via an initial public offering — one thing remains clear: The company is showing raw growth in both its revenues and registered user numbers. For the […] Read more »

Thanks to a tip over the weekend from my buddy and eco-blogger Paul Kedrosky, I’ve discovered AOL’s DailyFinance app, which has live stock quotes, interactive charts and real-time news and offers the ability to create and track portfolios. Along with the Bloomberg app, it has quickly […] Read more »

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[qi:090] Last night, reader Jim Rob Jones emailed to express his displeasure over my switch to the BlackBerry, calling us “irrelevant” because I am not carrying an iPhone. Well, Jim, since I’m not willing to put up with the poor 3G connections from AT&T, I carry […] Read more »

AT&T is working on doubling the 3G speeds of its HSPA network to 7.2 Mbps, Telephony reports today. AT&T Mobility VP Scott McElroy told the magazine that this software-driven upgrade will be the last of its kind before Ma Bell starts to transition to Evolved HSPA, […] Read more »

Pump-and-dump is not a phrase normally associated with startups. But that is exactly what WPP is accusing its fellow investors in Los Angeles-based interactive advertising agency Spot Runner of doing. The global advertising giant, which owns a 3 percent stake in Spot Runner, is suing Battery […] Read more »

Oracle’s decision to buy Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion is not only going to shake up the database business — it’s likely to energize the Java community, too. And of course, the deal puts the insurgent MySQL database in the hands of incumbent Oracle. Whatever the long-term implications, in the short term expect massive layoffs as Oracle tries to squeeze profits out of Sun. Read more »

President Obama last week appointed Aneesh Chopra, until recently Virginia’s Secretary of Technology, as the CTO of the United States. Unlike Vivek Kundra (now the U.S. CIO) and Cisco Systems CTO Padmasree Warrior, Chopra has a lower profile. Tech-industry insiders, such as inventor Mitch Kapor, venture […] Read more »

Yesterday, I wrote about Indian Premier League’s Twenty20 Cricket tournament. The big news was that the Indian professional cricket league championship (now in its second year) would be using Microsoft’s Silverlight multimedia technology. Given the wild popularity of this ultra short-form of the sport, it was […] Read more »

Yesterday, I wrote about Indian Premier League’s Twenty20 Cricket tournament for NewTeeVee. The big news was that the Indian professional cricket league championship (now in its second year) would be using Microsoft’s Silverlight multimedia technology. Given the wild popularity of this ultra short-form of the sport, […] Read more »

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Last week, I blogged about the au Box, an Internet-video friendly über set-top box developed by Motorola . My blog post was based on a story in Information Week. The publication reported that the multi-featured set-top box that can play back DVDs and CDs would use […] Read more »

Twitter Founder Ev Williams went on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to talk about his San Francisco-based micro-messaging startup, and in the process turned his red hot company hotter. It’s not clear how many people are going to sign up for the service following the broadcast of […] Read more »

After Microsoft’s Silverlight multimedia technology was unceremoniously dropped by Major League Baseball’s MLB.com in favor of Adobe Flash, Microsoft is coming back with a different sport involving a ball and a bat. Silverlight will power online streaming of the Indian Premier League Championships, an ultra short-form […] Read more »

Updated with corrections: Motorola denied that it is working on such a set-top box. Please read the following post for complete details. Last fall, I asked the question: Where will Android go next? For while Google’s mobile-oriented, lightweight operating system has been linked with netbooks and […] Read more »

Whenever I write that headline, I am reminded of the movie “Groundhog Day.” Today, Omid Kordestani, Google’s president of global sales operations and business development, is leaving the job that position and instead will advise Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and CEO Eric Schmidt. […] Read more »

Grid Networks, a Seattle-based peer-to-peer content delivery technology startup that’s raised more than $10 million in funding from Comcast Interactive Capital, Cisco Systems and Panorama Capital has merged with Global Media Services (GMS), a New York-based digital media services company that counts nearly 100 large content […] Read more »

Earlier this evening, along with a select few journalists, I got a chance to interact with French Minister for Digital Development, Mrs. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, who is in town to learn about latest developments in Silicon Valley and learn about the unique ecosystem that helps nurture technology […] Read more »

While I had sworn off spending willy-nilly on new gizmos in 2009, it looks like the $99-dollar Pogoplug is going to test my self-control. Why? It turns any USB-enabled drive into a personal storage locker accessible over the Internet. The little device hooks up to a […] Read more »

Updated: Given the number of re-orgs that have taken place at the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Internet company Yahoo in recent months, one could be forgiven for dubbing it “Re-org Nation.” But while many of these shakeups — all part of a larger game of musical chairs, really […] Read more »

Tropos Networks, the poster child of the MuniFi madness, is trying to reinvent itself — this time as a GreenNet company, reports Earth2Tech, our sister site . The company is hoping to sell its wireless mesh routers to utilities looking to build smart grids. Tropos had […] Read more »

Skype Founders Niklas Zennstorm and Janus Friis are talking with private equity firms KKR, Warburg Pincus, Providence Equity Partners and Elevation Partners to raise money to buy Skype back from eBay, reports the Wall Street Journal’s Deal Journal blog. According to the report, the private equity […] Read more »

StumbleUpon, a content discovery service that was acquired by eBay for a rumored $75 million (or more) is free again. The company was spun out of eBay today as an independent company. Co-founders Garret Camp and Geoff Smith are taking control of the independent company that […] Read more »

Facebook’s quest for a more real-time, Twitter-like future is taking a toll on some of its more popular apps, like Causes. Monthly usage of many of the site’s top apps have dropped 15-25 percent, according to Nick O’Neill, who writes the AllFacebook blog. And yet if […] Read more »

Sometime in the near future, Apple is going to announce that a billion little apps have been download for use on its iPhone and iPod touch platforms. As of yesterday, about 945 million apps had been download. That translates to about 31 apps per iPhone/iPod touch […] Read more »

Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis were in talks with private equity groups to raise about $1 billion and buy their Internet calling service back from eBay. They sold the company to eBay in 2006 for […] Read more »

Google, if it wants to offer its Gmail service to Indian nationals, will soon have to set up servers locally in India and offer email addresses ending in dot-in (.in). Same holds true for Microsoft’s HotMail, Yahoo Mail, Rediff and every other web service that wants […] Read more »

Facebook is facing an identity crisis. Zuckerberg & Co. have let themselves turn green with envy over the latest Silicon Valley phenomenon, Twitter — and in the process, have set out to mutate Facebook’s own DNA by bringing Twitter-style updates into its service. The result has been that Facebook has lost its intimacy, and is instead flooding us with a lot of white noise. Read more »

You know the saying, “If you build it, they will come”? Well that certainly holds true for GPS functionality and mobile phones. Nearly 48 percent of the mobile app developers surveyed by Boston-based Skyhook Wireless said that location is what “sets their app apart, or is […] Read more »

In less than a month, Google has lost two senior executives. First, Tim Armstrong, senior VP of sales at Google, left to head up AOL, and now another senior executive has left the company. Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, who was President for Asia-Pacific (APAC) & Latin American […] Read more »

As expected, Google today announced that it has added Java support to its App Engine service. It was announced at a Google Campfire this evening as part of a major upgrade for the Google App Engine that includes the release of database importer tools, secure data […] Read more »

Last week I met with Anssi Vanjoki, executive V-P of markets at Nokia, to discuss the state of both the Finnish company and the mobile industry overall. Since Nokia has been particularly good at defining the specifications and features of phones ahead of time, I asked […] Read more »

Digital Rights Management (DRM), at least as it relates to music, is finally taking a dirt nap. Apple’s iTunes Music Store is now 100 percent DRM-free. This morning, when I upgraded to the latest version of the iTunes software to buy the new album by Midival […] Read more »

The Australian government said today it will spend up to A$43 billion ($30.67 billion) to help set up a national broadband network. This is far from a purely socialist undertaking, however, as private sector involvement is expected as well. Regardless of where the funding comes from, […] Read more »

Tech publications today are having a bit of a lovefest with Major League Baseball’s web site, MLB.com. It’s because it’s the start of baseball season — for die-hard fans, the most important day of the year. And given how mobile we are here in America, many […] Read more »

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