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[qi:83] Alltel Wireless, the Little Rock, Ark.-based mobile company that recently went private, is adding WiFi as a data access option for its customers. The service will cost between $10 and $30 a month, depending on the plan. Alltel will also offer a bundle of EVDO […] Read more »

[qi:064] Vodafone is adding Spain and Italy to a growing list of countries where it will be offering triple play services. London-based mobile services provider has acquired Spanish and Italian-assets of Tele2 for about $1.1 billion in cash, reports The Wall Street Journal. It beat out […] Read more »

[qi:013] Telecom investors are seeing green. First we had telecom uber investor Vinod Khosla with his burgeoning clean tech portfolio. Then father of the Ethernet, Bob Metcalfe joined the party. Now we have FON founder Martin Varvasky getting interested in Solar farms. I guess with telecom […] Read more »

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Newsvine, a Seattle-based social news start-up has been acquired by MSNBC, a joint venture of Microsoft (MSFT) and GE (GE), for an undisclosed amount of cash. The deal closed on Friday and was supposed to be announced on Monday. We officially became part of the msnbc.com […] Read more »

[qi:011] Best Buy (BBY), the large North American electronics retail chain, that recently snapped up Speakeasy, a DSL provider, is now interested in gobbling up Covad (DVW), a large wholesale broadband provider, according to Broadband Reports. The discussions have a on-again-off-again nature, Broadband Reports says, and […] Read more »

After spending 11 hours in the plane (and another four hours in the airport and commuting to the Airports) I am finally home, completely wrecked and jet lagged. Nevertheless, the good news is that I have lots of good stuff to write about. In case you […] Read more »

So finally, the news has been PR-sanitized. British Telecom (BT) has made it official that it is investing in Spanish Wi-Fi sharing service, FON, and will also make an investment in the company. I had reported this back in March, so am not quite surprised by […] Read more »

The Verizon (VZ) vs. Google (GOOG) squabble over the 700 MHz auction is getting nastier and nastier. A few weeks ago, Verizon went to the courts, seeking to block the Federal Communications Commission from adding open-access provisions to the auction of airwaves that are considered beachfront […] Read more »

Motorola (MOT), once the dominant player in the world of mobility, has been going through a rough patch. No longer the leader in handsets, nor a prominent player in the global infrastructure sweepstakes, Motorola has become a middle-of-the-road player in the business it practically invented. The […] Read more »

Amazon (AMZN), I have often pointed out, is a harbinger of technology trends that eventually gain mainstream acceptance. Contextual matching of information and community-powered feedback and ratings systems are two such examples. Their recent foray into infraweb-services such as EC2 (processing on demand) and S3 (storage […] Read more »

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[qi:074] Broadband Reports has this interesting little snippet from AT&T’s terms of service. AT&T may immediately terminate or suspend all or a portion of your Service, any Member ID, electronic mail address, IP address, Universal Resource Locator or domain name used by you, without notice, for […] Read more »

Niklas Zennstrom has resigned as CEO of Skype, but will become non-executive chairman of the company’s board. Michael van Swaaij, eBay’s (EBAY) chief strategy officer, has been appointed interim CEO until a replacement is found. eBay also announced that it has paid EUR 375 million (approximately […] Read more »

Akamai (AKAM), the Cambridge, Mass.-based content delivery network company, has enjoyed a near monopoly of the lucrative CDN business for a very long time. But now that lead is coming under pressure from all sorts of competitors, many of them upstarts that are desperate to carve […] Read more »

[qi:051] The biggest knock on Fiber To The Home (FTTH) technology is that it is too expensive, especially the gear. Some hardware vendors are working hard to bring down those costs. You can expect many such announcements at the FTTP Conference that will kick off tomorrow […] Read more »

eBay (EBAY) finally has a desktop application. Built with Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) technology, the eBay desktop beta — until recently known by the code name San Dimas — is a pretty sweet little app that can help you monitor your auctions, bid, and whatever else […] Read more »

[qi:014] Everyone wants a piece of Microsoft’s (MSFT) Office suite. Google (GOOG), Sun Microsystems (JAVA), IBM (IBM), dozens of start-ups and now, Adobe Systems (ADBE). The company today bought Virtual Ubiquity, a Waltham, Mass.-based start-up behind Buzzword, an online word processing software offering. I guess this […] Read more »

[qi:055] Small- and medium-sized businesses are the hot target markets right now, whether it’s voice and broadband or web services. The biggest opportunity, however, seems to be in hosted email, as Yahoo’s (YHOO) $350 million bet on Zimbra and Google’s (GOOG) Apps initiative demonstrate. Rackspace, a […] Read more »

[qi:011] Greg Linden, the founder of news aggregation service Findory is shutting down the service on November 1, 2007, according to a blog post on his personal blog. It is a shame! Findory was riding the “information personalization” trend that is only going to gain importance […] Read more »

[qi:_earth2tech] Google Earth’s bird’s-eye view of the globe is being used by environmentalists, concerned citizens, and yes, eco-bloggers, to map the effects of climate change, tag renewable energy plants, and point out environmental degradations of the land. Scientists, such as Dr. Jon Blower from the University […] Read more »

[qi:033] Guess who stopped by to give Yahooligans a little pep talk? Steve Jobs! He told the gathering of 300-odd Yahoo (YHOO) vice presidents that they can do anything. The company with one of the largest Internet user bases can do and achieve anything, he apparently […] Read more »

[qi:83] For AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ), it has become impossible to ignore one of the world’s fastest-growing mobile markets: India. The Wall Street Journal reports on a recent trip AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson took to India, in which he was looking to make a wireless […] Read more »

I have been fairly skeptical of the One Laptop Per Child project, not because it’s not a worthy cause, but because it doesn’t factor in the harsh realities of the daily lives of those who Nicholas Negroponte & Co. plan to uplift. Where food, water and […] Read more »

[qi:011] There is supposed to be a big meeting today at Yahoo (YHOO) headquarters today, where the entire management will meet and discuss the company’s “grand plan.” About 300-odd folks with titles that say vice president or something equally elevated will get into a room and […] Read more »

MobiTV, one of the early entrants in the mobile video business, is always pushing video content over networks that seem ill-equipped to handle it. That might change soon, thanks to a new technology the Emeryville, Calif.-based company is about to implement called the Enea Accelerator Platform. […] Read more »

All these rumors about Facebook getting a massive investment from one corporate behemoth or another have got to make you wonder: Why would a company that is expecting revenues of $150 million, and profits to boot, need fresh capital? Why would a company whose dominance of […] Read more »

The Sling Media team is on a bit of a high this week. A few days after being acquired by Echostar (DISH), the Foster City, CA-based company is introducing a new product called the Slingbox SOLO. The sleek and very attractive device connects to a set-top […] Read more »

[qi:021] Like mushrooms after a monsoon, Facebook-specific ad networks keep sprouting everywhere. Latest to join the Facebook gold rush is Appfuel, a San Francisco-based start-up that has developed a way to target ads inside Facebook apps using keywords. The five-person, angel-funded company says it is less […] Read more »

[qi:91] Owning an Apple (AAPL) iPhone is a real test of patience, and often a full-on, teeth-gnashing exercise. Be it the slow email access, lack of battery longevity, or simply the dictates of King Jobs, you really have to love the device to put up with […] Read more »

[qi:91] We wrote about the Skype for iPhone web service earlier this summer, and now two more VoIP startups are trying to bring their magic to the popular phone from Apple (AAPL). Truphone, a UK-based maker of software that allows you to send and receive phone […] Read more »

[qi:045] The $380 million purchase of Sling Media by EchoStar (DISH) may turn out be act one of a drama that climaxes with AT&T (T) buying EchoStar’s satellite broadcast business. The company has asked its board of directors to split the company into two divisions — […] Read more »

Vonage (VG), the Holmdel, NJ-based VoIP service provider has been on the ropes for so long that you think it can’t get any worse. But it does! Earlier this year the company lost a patent infringement case to Verizon, and was asked by the courts to […] Read more »

I was right there when Lisa Sugar, co-founder of Sugar Publishing posted her first blog post during the Oscars 2006. Since then she and her hubby, Brian Sugar have turned their little hobby, PopSugar, into a full blown publishing company. With backing from Sequoia Capital and […] Read more »

Kara Swisher of AllThingsD takes a contrarian point of view on Facebook and does a pretty good job of deconstructing the social-networking company, its potential and all the hype around it. What set her off: Facebook has apparently indicated that it might hold out for a […] Read more »

Amazon (AMZN) has just announced that the beta version of its MP3 download store is live. The company claims it has 2 million DRM free songs, each priced from 89 cents to 99 cents. More than 1 million of the 2 million songs are priced at […] Read more »

[qi:032] If 5% of Facebook is worth $500 million, then one can’t be surprised that place shifting pioneer SlingMedia is worth something. The Foster City, Calif.-based Sling has been acquired by EchoStar (DISH), a satellite broadcasting service company for $380 million in cash and stock. Sling […] Read more »

[qi:010] How much is a 5 percent stake in Facebook worth? $300 million? $500 million? $750 million? It all depends on how desperate the buyer is and how well Mark Zuckerberg can play a game of corporate poker. Rational thinking long ago flew out the window […] Read more »

[qi:86] James Seng, a fellow VoIP blogger from Singapore, was in town last week. We met up one afternoon for coffee, and my first question to him was: Why are you blogging less about VoIP these days? He expressed dismay at the lack of excitement in […] Read more »

Dimdim, a Burlington, MA.-based web meeting services startup, wants to take on Cisco Systems’ (CSCO) WebEx and Microsoft’s (MSFT) Placeware by emphasizing simplicity and ease of use. The company, which is backed by investors including Draper Richards, Index Ventures and Nexus Capital India, launches its service […] Read more »

[qi:86]Technology business often goes through periods where rationality and reality are suspended. We just might be in that phase, and nothing highlights that than the launch of ad-supported phone services. In UK, Blyk, an ad-supported mobile service we wrote about eons ago launched. Given the high […] Read more »

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