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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 »

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

Comcast today said it would launch 100Mbps broadband service for business customers for a whopping fee of $369.95 per month. The commercial tier will launch first in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., region, and will offer 100Mbps down and 15Mbps upstream. As cable firms roll […] Read more »

If the data center is the new computer, then the job of providing the de facto operating system of that new computer is up for grabs, as was made clear this week at VMware’s industry conference, VMworld — a vendor event-turned-virtualization trade show. VMware has had […] Read more »

Wireless subscription growth slowed to 3 percent in the most recent quarter, down from about 5 percent during the same period a year ago, according to research firm TeleGeography. The analyst firm found that just 130 million people became new subscribers around the world in the […] Read more »

Verizon Communications  said today that Dennis “Denny” Strigl, president and chief operating officer, plans to retire from the company by the end of 2009.  Strigl is responsible for the operations of Verizon’s network-based businesses — Verizon Wireless, Verizon Telecom and Verizon Business — and is a […] Read more »

At the FCC broadband workshop held this morning, researchers argued for a new Internet architecture built upon infrastructure currently used in large data centers that would be capable of adapting itself to deliver each individual application. Meanwhile, those associated with think tanks and the broadband industry […] Read more »

Companies making products for wireless HD video transmission through the use of the 60 Ghz standard are showing off their wares in Europe, thanks to the European Union’s recent approval of the use of spectrum between 57 GHz and 66 GHz wireless bands for unlicensed commercial […] Read more »

Qwest today said it has purchased gear from Alcatel-Lucent that will one day allow its long-haul network to achieve speeds of 100Gbps.  Since the company decided last June to keep its long-haul network, the upgrades were part of a continued and necessary investment in greater speeds and […] Read more »

As most know, Gmail has had hiccups today and as I write this, is down. While I used to visit blogs for more information when sites like Gmail, YouTube or Facebook stop working, Twitter has become my go-to source for information on how widespread the problem […] Read more »

[qi:063] A group of 10 consumer groups today asked the House Commerce Committee, which is drafting an online privacy bill, to consider stringent regulations aimed at curbing behavioral advertising and the use of sensitive consumer information. The groups, which include the Center for Digital Democracy, Consumers Union, Electronic […] Read more »

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