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BT, the largest broadband provider in the UK, has said it plans to charge video content providers for the amount of bandwidth they consume on BT’s network, according to a story in Thursday’s Financial Times. The paper quotes John Petter, managing director of BT Retail’s consumer […] Read more »

The venture capital industry needs shave about $13 billion a year from its investments in startup companies, writes Paul Kedrosky in a research paper released today by the Kaufman Foundation. The report not only offers data showing how the U.S. venture capital industry is too big, […] Read more »

The Senate Commerce Committee set a hearing yesterday to consider the nomination of Julius Genachowski as the next Federal Communications Commission chairman for June 16. At that time, it will also consider reappointing Republican Commissioner Robert McDowell. This is great news, given that the current administration […] Read more »

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Qualcommm’s (QCOM) MediaFLO mobile television service has the potential to reach 40 percent more people once the DTV transition occurs on Friday. The switch from analog television signals to digital television signals had been scheduled for mid-February, but concerns that a subset of the population weren’t […] Read more »

Two-thirds of U.S. homes subscribe to broadband today, up from one-fifth five years ago, according to data released today by the Leichtman Research Group. The firm found that the more money a household has, the more likely it is to have a computer and broadband access […] Read more »

Hewlett Packard  today announced a new line of servers, a data center mapping program and some consulting and financing services aimed at companies that build out mega data centers. Potential purchasers of the new HP machines include those building cloud computing offerings and enterprise customers trying […] Read more »

After a period of “looking inward,” venture firms are ready to start putting money to work during the second half of this year, according to Terry McGuire. The co-founder and managing general partner at Polaris Venture Partners spoke on a conference call today detailing the state […] Read more »

Updated: Comcast will drop the price of its ultrafast 50 Mbps up down/10 Mbps down up broadband to $99.99 per month with the purchase of one other Comcast service. That’s almost 30 percent less than the original price of $139.95 per month. The new pricing takes […] Read more »

Joe Tucci, president and CEO of storage giant EMC, today issued an open letter wooing the employees of Data Domain, a company that has agreed to be purchased by EMC’s bitter rival NetApp. On May 20, NetApp offered $25 per share to acquire Data Domain in […] Read more »

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Cisco said today that the web will continue its breakneck rate of growth to hit 56 exabytes of data per month by 2013. In 2008, IP traffic accounted for 9 exabytes per month, according to the company’s second annual visual networking index. Cisco, which stands to […] Read more »

Apple unveiled the new iPhone today, and once again the device is inspiring lust while the network inspires loathing. While a lot of sites are hacked off that AT&T will not support tethering (using your phone as a modem) and MMS picture messaging on the iPhone […] Read more »

[qi:___wimax] Intel has invested $43 million into Japanese WiMAX provider UQ Communications, as the chip giant continues its efforts to boost the mobile wireless broadband technology around the world. Compared with other forms of wireless broadband, such as the current 3G networks and coming Long Term […] Read more »

Qwest may be desperately looking for a way to ignite growth in the face of its stagnating land-line business, but it’s not yet desperate enough to accept a too-low offer for its long-distance network. The company said today that it’s completed the strategic review of its […] Read more »

These days, as the slowdown in broadband adoption increasingly hampers revenue growth, the consumer broadband business is searching for new ways to boost its bottom line. Some Internet Service Providers are experimenting with tiered pricing, while others are trying to deliver advertising or new content. While it’s […] Read more »

Updated: After writing extensively about how cell phone providers want to boost their business by offering wireless access for emerging devices, such as electric meters or e-readers, I decided to check with the nation’s four largest carriers to see what they consider to be some of […] Read more »

Cloud services, such as Microsoft’s Azure platform, will be less profitable for the company than its software sales, said Ray Ozzie, Redmond’s chief software architect. He said the same thing back in a March 2008 interview with Om as well. Ozzie made his latest comments at […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_chip] The Semiconductor Association has lowered its chip forecast for the year, saying it now expects the sale of semiconductors to fall by 21 percent from 2008 to 2009. The revised numbers shave $53 billion off the previous 2009 forecast, issued by the SIA in November, […] Read more »

National security on the web will be the next topic tackled by Google at a meeting it holds regularly in Washington, D.C., to highlight web-related issues for regulators and staffers of congressmen. This latest topic is appropriate, given the Obama administration’s recent creation of a cybersecurity […] Read more »

This morning I chatted with Glenn Lurie, president of national distribution at AT&T, about the carrier’s strategy to embed wireless access into anything that isn’t a smartphone, netbook or PC. He said AT&T is working to find pricing models that may include prepaid data plans (we […] Read more »

Intel today said it plans to acquire Wind River Systems for $884 million — a deal that gives the world’s largest chipmaker control of development software and operating systems for devices that range from cell phones to routers. Intel last year made a big to-do about […] Read more »

Back when explorers were setting out from Spain, England and Portugal with instructions to find God, gold and glory, maps were a strategic asset. Even today, the in-depth mapping and visual information provided by Google Maps and Street View is a source of concern to the Pentagon […] Read more »

Cisco today said it would add a rack-mounted server as a second form factor for its Unified Communications Computing System. That’s Cisco’s fancy name for its blade server — soon to be available as a pizza box — packed with processors, memory and virtualized I/O. It […] Read more »

Xsigo today said it’s raised an undisclosed amount of venture capital from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners to support sales of its I/O virtualization appliance. Several filings submitted to the California Department of Securities show that back […] Read more »

Like Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson fighting over a girl, storage giant EMC and rival NetApp are vying to own Data Domain. Today NetApp upped its original bid for the de-duplication company to $30 per share, matching a counteroffer EMC made Monday. The revised NetApp bid […] Read more »

[qi:110] An underfunded startup can still succeed, and having a superstar management team isn’t key to doing so, according to a study published today out of North Carolina State University. The school’s David M. Townsend collaborated with Lowell W. Busenitz of The University of Oklahoma on […] Read more »

[qi:004] Updated: Time Warner Cable has modified the language of its consumer subscriber agreement that is directed at legitimizing the cable company’s ability to throttle and measure a consumer’s bandwidth. The new additions to the agreement also sanction tiered pricing. After Time Warner Cable’s failed attempt […] Read more »

Qualcomm today announced the opening of a factory to make its mirasol displays, and a Wi-Fi chip designed for home networking — both efforts to keep the company a top chipmaker even as carriers migrate from the CDMA technology that provides so much of its profits. […] Read more »

Prime View International, a Taiwanese company that makes an e-readers display part, said today it would purchase E-Ink, a company that provides the digital ink technology in the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader, for $215 million. The two companies have been partners in developing the Sony […] Read more »

As cable companies transition to super-fast broadband speeds provided by DOCSIS 3.0, they’re also considering how they can move from providing analog and digital channels via radio frequency the way they do today, and instead transition to an on-demand IPTV model that could offer them more […] Read more »

With the excitement and chatter around the soon-to-be-released Palm Pre reaching a fever pitch, the company’s stock ended Friday’s session at its highest level since Oct. 24, 2007. Shares of Palm closed Friday at $12.19, and at last check had traded hands for as much as […] Read more »

Computer Sciences Corp., the IT service organization, today laid out its strategy for the cloud. Unsurprisingly, CSC’s cloud products will focus on being reliable and secure enough for enterprises and the federal government. CSC will continue providing its managed hosting business, but later this year will […] Read more »

Wireless networking gets all the love in today’s mobile world, but inside the home, wires will still play a key role in delivering entertainment and other content. Your set-top box may sport an Ethernet port, but it still connects to the wall via coaxial cable. Wires […] Read more »

The Internet is important and we must protect it. That’s the gist behind the blog post laying out the reasons for creating the office of a national cybersecurity chief to oversee the security of our nation’s communications networks and electronic infrastructure. But securing the Internet for […] Read more »

Even as times get tough for pioneering startups building semiconductors and computing equipment, the chip industry needs to maintain its biodiversity, says Matt Reilly, a co-founder of the recently shuttered SiCortex. I wrote yesterday about the green supercomputing company selling its assets, and Reilly left an […] Read more »

Dell is looking to make acquisitions, according to one of its executives, who made the comment a day after the computer maker reported dismal earnings for its latest fiscal quarter, IDG News said today. Steve Felice, president of Dell’s small and medium business unit, said during […] Read more »

SiCortex, a company that makes a green supercomputer using proprietary chips and some “Back to the Future” styling, is seeking to sell its assets by the end of June. (Check out what’s for sale here.) According to a story at HPCwire, SiCortex was seeking a third […] Read more »

Qualcomm isn’t going to cede the mobile computing market to Intel and its success with netbooks, the CDMA powerhouse made clear today while laying out its vision of mobile computing. The vision consists of what Qualcomm is calling a smartbook. But combining the words smartphone and […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_mobile] Within five years, your cell phone will replace your Garmin, TomTom or whatever personal navigation device is currently sitting in your car, according to a Forrester report published today. Forrester supports this conclusion by arguing that more young people are using their cell phones for […] Read more »

Time Warner today continued unraveling perhaps its biggest corporate mistake by announcing that it would spin out AOL into a separate company by the end of this year. Earlier this year, it had amended its debt agreements and brought in a new CEO, setting off speculation […] Read more »

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