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[qi:004] Combine net neutrality, a rapping venture capitalist and Shakira’s catchy song “Hips Don’t Lie” into a web video and you’d think you’d have all the makings of a viral Internet success. But man, the first CultureLick video, starring Drue Kataoka and Randi Zuckerberg, is just […] Read more »

[qi:061] So far this week, more than 15 organizations have filed their comments addressing the Federal Communications Commission inquiry about competition and innovation in the wireless industry, and they’re pretty much what one would expect. The major wireless carriers go to great lengths to tout their […] Read more »

Broadband speeds as advertised by service providers are only part of the equation when it comes to assessing overall broadband quality, according to a study out today by the Oxford University’s Said Business School and the University of Oviedo’s Department of Applied Economics. The study, which […] Read more »

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Cisco today offered to buy Tandberg, a Norwegian company that makes video conferencing equipment, for $3 billion in cash, a move that would give it a broader customer base, a bunch of legacy gear as well as a name in the teleconferencing market. And why wouldn’t […] Read more »

Cisco today offered to buy Tandberg, a Norwegian company that makes video conferencing equipment, for $3 billion in cash, a move that would give it a broader customer base, a bunch of legacy gear as well as a name in the teleconferencing market. Cisco’s love of video […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_cloud-computing] IBM tomorrow is expected to open its test and development cloud to a public beta after serving about 600 customers in a private beta. Some in the cloud community were disappointed when Big Blue announced plans for the test and development cloud in June but […] Read more »

AT&T today confirmed that it will sell the first dual-mode cellular and satellite smartphone that will offer satellite connectivity from TerreStar’s network when in remote areas. The Genus phone will be out in the first quarter of next year for business and government clients, although AT&T […] Read more »

Qualcomm  may have to change its licensing agreements related to its chips in Japan after the country’s Fair Trade Commission today ordered it to change the terms of those agreements that give it free access to patents held by manufacturers that use its chips. Qualcomm has […] Read more »

We’ve spilled a lot of digital ink on the need for backhaul for next-generation (and even current generation) wireless networks, so while at the FTTH show in Houston, I chatted with Geoff Burke, director of marketing for Calix, a provider of optical equipment for carriers, about […] Read more »

Verizon Chief Technology Officer Dick Lynch said today that in the coming years, wired broadband will likely be sold in packages based on the amount of data a person wants to consume, much like wireless broadband is sold today. In comments made to press at the […] Read more »

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Alcatel-Lucent today said that scientists at Bell Labs have set an optical transmission record that could deliver data about 10 times faster than current undersea cables,  resulting in speeds of more than 100 Petabits per second.kilometer.  A petawhat? This translates to the equivalent of about 100 […] Read more »

Xerox, the document management company, said today it will buy Affiliated Computing Systems in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $6.4 billion. The combination of the two companies highlights the convergence of corporate documents and the cloud as with the ACS buy, Xerox will now manage not […] Read more »

Last week ARM, the company that licenses its low-power cores to those building everything from mobile phones to consumer home devices, announced a new iteration of its A-9 family of processor cores that can achieve speeds of 2 GHz. Dubbed Ospery, ARM hopes this design will […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_chip] Microsoft and Intel this summer both snapped up companies with technology that helps software developers build programs that take advantage of multicore chips. Last July I pulled together a list of five startups to watch in the multicore programming space, and prompted by Microsoft announcing on […] Read more »

Will the AT&T network collapse under the weight of photo-happy iPhone users sending MMS messages? That’s the crucial question behind today’s launch of picture messaging capability on the AT&T network, which has been dogged by criticism since the first iPhone launch. Despite the explanatory video offered […] Read more »

After reading a report out today from the National Broadband Coalition, I found myself thinking about conversations in recent weeks with guys from Cisco and my colleagues about how far the U.S. needs to go when it comes to fast broadband. The report tries to help […] Read more »

The Federal Communications Commission has opened a separate request for comments on the use and allocation of spectrum to go more in-depth on issues raised as part of its National Broadband Plan. The agency will seek comments through Oct. 23, “on the sufficiency of current spectrum […] Read more »

Updated: Senate Republicans last night backed off a plan aimed at popping the net neutrality balloon floated by the FCC on Monday, according to the Washington Post. This is smart thinking, as there’s still much to learn and a lot less to fear about the proposed […] Read more »

If I were to bet on a device that would benefit most from wireless access, it wouldn’t be a digital book reader, not in a nation where roughly half the people don’t read novels. A personal navigation device, an MP3 player on which one can download songs, even a handheld gaming unit all seem to be more popular with consumers — and offer better opportunities to show off wireless access. So why the focus on e-readers? Read more »

80Legs, a startup that aggregates CPU cycles and bandwidth to offer companies a Google-like web crawling service on demand, today launched its public beta at the DEMO conference in San Diego. The Houston-based company has raised $400,000 from Creeris Ventures to provide its web crawling service. 80Legs […] Read more »

Infochimps, an Austin, Texas, statup launching today at DEMO, is marrying cutting-edge technology such as cloud computing and crowdsourcing with old-school efforts like aggregating data to create a marketplace for information sets. The startup takes data — from that of publicly available sources like the U.S. […] Read more »

Texas Instruments today launched a calculator for the iPhone that will cost $14.99 and perform all the functions of its BAII financial calculator. The move is a watershed moment for this scion of high-end calculators (yes, I know about HP, but TI is in my home […] Read more »

[qi:105] Creating a formalized set of rules around net neutrality and applying them to all networks, a process announced today by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, isn’t as threatening a proposition as the major ISPs would have you believe. But the principles of net neutrality, […] Read more »

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, today outlined a framework aimed at ensuring that both wireline and wireless carriers don’t discriminate against traffic traversing their networks based on the type of traffic or the application. We speculated on Friday that he would outline […] Read more »

Dell said today it would pay $3.9 billion to purchase IT services company Perot Systems in a deal designed to help the computer giant compete as the business of supplying computer hardware becomes more entwined with offering services — from unified computing packages to fully-formed computing […] Read more »

Google today made public the redacted parts of its  letter addressed to the Federal Communications Commission written after Apple had rejected the Google Voice application from the iPhone. The redacted portion of the filing shows that Apple did reject Google Voice and Google Latitude, a location-aware […] Read more »

Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg yesterday said the giant carrier is giving up on the landline and will be reorganized to reflect those changes. He cited the inevitable decline in landline subscriptions and said that video is the core product in this new era of telecommunications (notice […] Read more »

“Comcast Plans to Bring TV Shows to Your Phone,” a Reuters story trumpeted yesterday, which had many of us here at GigaOM really excited — me especially, since this is exactly the sort of thing that I’ve said the cable guys should be doing if they […] Read more »

AT&T, like all of the carriers, has embraced the business of providing network access to devices that aren’t branded with its name. Since 2005, the carrier has certified more than 1,000 devices, with most of those used in industrial settings. But now, as adding network connectivity […] Read more »

The National Venture Capital Association released a report today touting both the influence venture capital had on the nation’s employment last year — 11 percent of all jobs — as well as the money generated by VC-backed companies, which totaled roughly $2.9 trillion. It also released […] Read more »

The U.S. government today unveiled a site that ushers the White House into the cloud computing era, called The site allows federal agencies to peruse through a menu of software offerings from Google,, Scribd, SlideShare and others, then select the application or services they’d […] Read more »

[qi:_newteevee] Qualcomm’s MediaFLO mobile television network hasn’t met the chipmaker’s expectations, according to COO Len Lauer, whom I spoke with at the Mobilize 09 event last week in San Francisco. I interviewed Lauer about Qualcomm’s FLO network for broadcasting mobile television, about which he said, “We’re […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_lte] MetroPCS, the prepaid phone company, said today that it will launch its fourth-generation Long Term Evolution network in its major metropolitan markets in late 2010. The carrier will upgrade its current CDMA network with LTE gear from Ericsson, and its first phone capable of taking […] Read more »

The overall size of the highways connecting different countries to the Internet, as measured by capacity, has more than doubled in the last two years, according to a research report issued today by Telegeography. The analyst firm’s latest report on bandwidth notes that in the year […] Read more »

Aspera, a company that speeds up the transfer of fat data files, has signed a partnership agreement with Amazon’s Web Services, which means companies trying to send large files can use Aspera’s proprietary file transfer protocol to upload multigigabyte files or larger to EC2. Aspera can […] Read more »

Sometimes love is so powerful it can take out a server or two. Today, as the Mac faithful gathered in San Francisco for the Apple event today, they tweeted CEO Steve Jobs’ appearance, the new product announcements, and their overall rapture, causing Twitter to stagger during […] Read more »

Eucalyptus said today that is offering the first commercial version of its open-source software used to create private clouds and that the software now supports VMware, enabling enterprise customers that have embraced VMware for server consolidation to build private clouds on that infrastructure. Then, using Eucalyptus, […] Read more »

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