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The technology industry has invested a lot of marketing energy and dollars into getting consumers excited about wireless power, the promise being that it will free us from the size and feature constraints imposed by batteries. There’s a consortium of bigwigs from Nokia  to Dell trying to […] Read more »

Verizon is showing off an advertisement today (that will run on TV starting Monday) aimed at stopping people from texting and driving, but it’s far too mild for me. I prefer something along the lines of this CTIA ad, which has some of the drama we’ve […] Read more »

The FCC today approved a draft of proposed rules that aim to ensure that the owners of the broadband pipe can’t discriminate against certain traffic on the wired and wireless Internet. For readers already weary of hearing about this debate, the pre-game trash talk and threats can finally end, and we can start arguing about a solid plan. Read more »

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Organic Motion, a startup that makes software that will help enable a new generation of simulation products and even gesture-based computer controls, has raised $7.4 million from the Foundry Group, bringing its total funding to somewhere in the range of $10 million. The startup’s software could […] Read more »

Both the telecommunications industry and proponents of a free and open Internet have put the rhetoric machine into overdrive in the run-up to the release of a series of proposed rules on network neutrality by the Federal Communications Commission tomorrow. Sources in Washington tell me that the hyperactive response is in response to the fact that the org plans to ask a bunch of questions about managed services that travel over carriers’ pipes. Read more »

Claudville, Va., is a small town of about 1,000 people that was served primarily by dial-up Internet service. But thanks to a group of technology companies it is now home to the nation’s first functioning white spaces network, an alternative form of wireless broadband. The white […] Read more »

Households worldwide consume 11.4 GB of data per month over their residential broadband connections, with most of that traffic occurring during the peak hours of 9 p.m. through 1 a.m. in local time zones, Cisco  discovered in data it put out today tracking web traffic over […] Read more »

Nvidia is moving further into the business of selling hardware, rather than just chips, with its new reality server that uses its graphics processors to offer photo-realistic 3-D images. The server uses an array of GPUs and Nvidia’s iray software to serve up the realistic imagery […] Read more »

Verizon Communications today made available a quad-play bundle — wired voice, data, video and wireless services — in certain parts of the country, though customers can turn it into a triple play by dumping their landlines, a move that underscores just how unimportant the landline had […] Read more »

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[qi:043] Everything today is connected. And that may be bad news for that PC sitting on your desk or the high-powered laptop that you tote around on business trips. In an increasingly connected world, where data is just a server request away, the PC needs an […] Read more »

An avalanche of comments has so far poured into the Federal Communications Commission regarding plans to codify the principles of net neutrality, with folks arguing that it will destroy the Internet as we know it to those who believe it will usher in an era of competition […] Read more »

[qi:112] As I flipped through my morning news flow today I stumbled across an article about a 12-year-old who overspent on iTunes songs, and had to pay back a $65 balance on the $100 she spent on her Mom’s credit card. The point of the story […] Read more »

[qi:_earth2tech] When it comes to the smart grid, utility executives seem willing to embrace the dumb pipe status that their cousins in the telecommunications world are so leery of. That’s because the history of heavy regulation — and near-monopoly — has created an environment where competition […] Read more »

When it comes to the smart grid, utility executives seem willing to embrace the dumb pipe status that their cousins in the telecommunications world are so leery of. That’s because the history of heavy regulation — and near-monopoly — has created an environment where competition and […] Read more »

Alcatel-Lucent today said it is testing a new technology that will be able to deliver faster and more consistent mobile broadband speeds on next-generation Long Term Evolution networks. It’s just one of a few technologies that will help squeeze all the speed and performance out of […] Read more »

Updated with a statement from Cisco: Shareholders owning more than 24 percent of Tandberg’s stock have released a statement saying they are voting against Cisco’s proposed $3 billion buyout of the video conferencing equipment maker. Cisco announced the offer, part of its attempt to move into […] Read more »

AT&T today countered Google’s claims that it’s blocking Google Voice calls to rural areas because they’re directed to free conference call lines and sex hotlines engaged in the dubious practice of so-called traffic pumping by trotting out a convent of Benedictine Nuns who apparently can’t receive, […] Read more »

Containerized data centers were the hot trend for server vendors last year, although the rate of adoption seems to be fairly slow. But a rep for Dell recently let me know that one of that company’s employees had essentially created a data center in a much […] Read more »

The Federal Communications Commission today launched a site where engineers, consumers, ISPs or anyone with a stake in the game (or an opinion) can comment on the plans to codify six principles that would ensure ISPs can’t block or favor certain types of traffic on wired […] Read more »

Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström, the founders of Skype, though their Joltid and Joost businesses, are seeking an injunction against Mike Volpi and Index Ventures that would prevent Volpi and Index from completing a deal agreed to in September to buy Skype from eBay. Friis and […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_routers] The Wi-Fi Alliance today issued a new standard to augment Wi-Fi, called Wi-Fi Direct, that turns a Wi-Fi chip into a mini access point. The technology allows your Wi-Fi gadgets to talk to one another without having to get on a network, and enables anything […] Read more »

Did Cisco snap up Starent on the eve of the telecom equipment provider announcing a partnership deal with Juniper Networks, Cisco’s rival in both switching equipment and telecommunications gear? Two analysts seem to think so, with Nikos Theodosopoulos, an analyst from UBS, writing that Cisco’s $2.9 […] Read more »

The rush to deliver the web on the go has led Cisco to offer $2.9 billion for Starent, a telecommunications equipment company whose boxes help manage the different types of traffic traversing mobile and wired networks. The gear is especially important for mobile networks, as they […] Read more »

Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile USA, yesterday squashed speculation that the German carrier would buy Sprint, saying the U.S. market has consolidated enough. Such a comment, made by CFO Timotheus Hoettges, raises questions as to just how competitive the U.S. mobile market is, especially […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_chip] As Microsoft prepares its upcoming Oct. 22 launch of Windows 7, it looks like the chip industry has several reasons to love the new operating system. Everything from its smaller footprint to better performance while running it from a solid-state hard drive could change the […] Read more »

Venture capital firms raised an anemic $1.6 billion from their investors in the third quarter of this year, according to data out today from the National Venture Capital Association, the lowest amount since the first quarter of 2003, when firms didn’t even break $1 billion. Back […] Read more »

Novatel Wireless said this week that it will open up its MiFi router to developers who want to build applications for the popular gadget. This means tech companies can build software that will run on the credit card-sized Wi-Fi router that uses Verizon’s or Sprint’s 3G […] Read more »

[qi:090] Updated: Well the wheels of regulatory justice are certainly spinning a lot faster these days. The Federal Communications Commission has decided to investigate Google’s refusal to connect its Google Voice callers to certain numbers in rural areas. The agency has stepped in after AT&T two […] Read more »

Economists gathered in Washington, D.C., this morning to debate how the wireline duopoly affects the market for broadband in the U.S. at an open meeting held by the FCC. The majority of the speakers, including representatives from the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, […] Read more »

As I watch what’s happening at the FCC with regard to the National Broadband Plan, as well as the kerfuffle over whether or not Google Voice should provide access to rural areas, where it would have to pay high call termination fees, I realize that the FCC is embarking not on a National Broadband Plan, but a National Communications Plan. For broadband — from the last mile that connects our homes to the long haul networks that move the traffic around the world — is our voice, our video, our web and our connection to one other. Read more »

Fresco Microchip, a Markham, Ontario-based chipmaker that builds semiconductors destined for televisions, has raised $10 million from Celtic House Venture Partners and Ventures West. While I don’t have the most recent venture capital data for the third quarter, I know that raising any amount of money […] Read more »

Fresco Microchip, a chipmaker that builds semiconductors destined for televisions, has raised $10 million from Celtic House Venture Partners and Ventures West. The secret to the company’s success so far is that it makes a small, cheap chip that filters image distortions from radio, analog and digital […] Read more »

The FCC said today that it will open up a public comment period seeking information on the issue of high prices and a lack of availability for middle mile and backhaul access for wired and wireless broadband providers. While the average consumer may not care about […] Read more »

[qi:004] Cable One, a cable provider serving 720,000 customers in 19 states, has apparently brought congestion pricing for broadband access to the U.S., according to a post over at DSLReports. Such pricing plans limit speeds at certain times based on the assumption that the network will […] Read more »

EMC is planning to launch a cloud computing service to compliment its Atmos on-demand storage service at the end of this month, according to a vendor working with the storage giant on the project.  The computing cloud will be built on Cisco’s Unified Computing System gear, […] Read more »

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski appreciates the wireless industry and plans to help it get access to more spectrum, to make the process of siting mobile towers faster and to roll out faster middle-mile connections in rural and urban areas, all in an effort to improve the […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_cloud-computing] The Central Intelligence Agency “endorses cloud computing, but only internally,” according to an article today at ComputerWorld, which has me thinking it is more likely embracing the concept of delivering IT as a service from a single resource pool espoused by HP rather than the […] Read more »

IBM said today that it now has a storage infrastructure cloud aimed at enterprise customers who need a private, on-premise or IBM-hosted cloud. A public version will follow soon. Sure, everyone has a storage component combined with their infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds, but what’s notable here is […] Read more »

Updated with detail from the conference call: Verizon and Google today said the carrier plans to launch Android handsets sometime in “the next few weeks,” and that the search giant will create Android-based devices preloaded with apps that will run on Verizon’s network. Straight off its […] Read more »

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