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As the Consumer Electronics shows opens in Las Vegas this week, the papers are awash in stories about CES being smaller this year, by about 11,000 attendees (about an 8 percent decline) and 300 exhibitors (a 10 percent decline.) Given that the Dow Jones Index has […] Read more »

Heading into 2009, web-connected consumer electronics are finally on the horizon, and players from Cisco to AT&T are salivating at the opportunity. But in the welter of wires connecting our devices, Broadcom sees an opportunity to offer chips that can connect devices to each other, the […] Read more »

Updated: GameWager, an Austin, Texas-based startup creating a network where gamers can back their trash talk with bets based on tokens, has completed a Series A round for a bit less than the $3 million it was seeking. It has also convinced adviser Nolan Bushnell to […] Read more »

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FCC chairman Kevin Martin said in a conference call today that he’s dropped the porn-free requirement from his plan to auction off AWS-3 spectrum in order to create a free wireless broadband network. This last-minute effort to get universal wireless broadband passed on his watch is […] Read more »

Sales of dynamic random access memory — the chips that store information in personal computers — have plunged 20 percent in the last year, prompting calls for government-led bailouts in Taiwan, consolidation efforts, and doubts about the ability of Micron Technology, the last DRAM maker in […] Read more »

OK, now that everyone has accepted the need for better, faster broadband (and why not, if the government is paying for it?), the serious negotiations can begin. Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article detailing who wants what, and who will be at a disadvantage. Think […] Read more »

As the need for fast, large-scale computing to power sites like Facebook or even computing clouds has grown, manufacturers such as Rackable Systems are taking notes on server design from Google, which builds its own systems. The goal of their mimicry is to provide more computing […] Read more »

Faced with a free moment on Saturday night, I succumbed to the temptation to check the GigaOM site on my BlackBerry. But when I clicked on my browser, I ended up in the Verizon start page. After checking that I had indeed clicked through the correct […] Read more »

Samsung Electronics is making its own WiMAX and LTE baseband chips for wireless handsets, according to an article in EETimes. The move by the Korean electronics maker shows how much opportunity it sees as the wireless industry transitions to 4G, and the fortunes of the biggest […] Read more »

There’s been a lot of talk lately about programming language OpenCL, as the new version of Apple’s OS X operating system, which uses it, is due to be unveiled soon. But what exactly is OpenCL and why should you care? It all boils down to increasing […] Read more »

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As President-elect Barack Obama contemplates plans that would provide universal broadband access, lobbyists and technologists are lining up to get their voices heard. When it comes to broadband, I’m strongly in favor of some type of government intervention, but rather than pay to lay fiber, a national […] Read more »

After winning the right to offer a satellite and cellular-based mobile voice and data service, raising $500 million in capital and restructuring its ownership, Skyterra (formerly Mobile Satellite Ventures) is getting ready for what it hopes will be two game-changing years. The company will launch a […] Read more »

As any reader of this blog knows, I’m not entirely sold on mobile TV, and I’m especially skeptical of Qualcomm’s MediaFLO network. But earlier this week I chatted with Matt Milne, SVP of marketing and sales for MediaFLO USA, to see if he could change my mind. […] Read more »

Our sister site, jkOnTheRun, is reporting that certain netbook enthusiast sites are getting cease-and-desist orders from Psion Teklogix, maker of the Psion netBook in the early 2000s. They have a copy of a C&D order and are trying to find out more. They did confirm that […] Read more »

Yesterday’s news that notebooks had overtaken PCs in the number of units sold last quarter owes a huge debt to Wi-Fi and a smaller one to 3G cellular networks. Without those Intel unwired commercials and images of folks surfing the web at Starbucks or sitting in […] Read more »

Three Chinese mobile networks plan to spend a total of 280 billion yuan ($41 billion) over the next two years building out 3G networks, for which the government will announce licenses at the end of 2008 or in early 2009. Plans like that would normally have […] Read more »

If cloud computing is ever going to reach its full potential, it needs to be more than a utility service that IT managers use to offload excess computing demands. That will require a shift in the way programmers build applications, says Russ Daniels, CTO and V-P […] Read more »

Today, chipmaker Solarflare Communications raised $32 million in funding and $12 million in debt for its 10-Gigabit Ethernet over copper chips — bringing its total funding to about $170 million. As I said in June, when it raised $26 million, that’s a lot — even for […] Read more »

We have a broadband problem in the U.S. There’s not enough real competition to drive either innovations or price reductions. This is also true of cable television, was true for landline phone service and will likely be true for wireless broadband service for a few more […] Read more »

Monday Update: Over the weekend repair crews were dispatched for all three cables. Engineers arrived at the SEA-ME-WE3 and SEA-ME-WE4 cables on Sunday. India, Singapore, and about 80 percent of Egypt (according to the Egyptian government) regained internet service. Reliance said it expects the FLAG cable […] Read more »

Qwest this week said it would lower the price of its 20 Mbps broadband service to $59.99 per month — a drop of 40 percent from its prior $99.99-per-month price tag. But before we get all excited, let’s be real. Qwest’s original prices were not in […] Read more »

With Oprah pushing an e-reader to her audience, Google placing whole books online, and the popularity of programs such as Stanza, which turns the iPhone into a mobile library, the mass market has latched onto e-books in a meaningful way. Witness’s Kindle e-Reader, which has […] Read more »

I ran across Terracotta Inc. a few months ago while looking at database companies, and was impressed by the potential of its eponymously named open source software, which can make web applications scale faster and more cheaply than they do when information is stored in a database. […] Read more »

Another report came out today that sees the competition between Intel, with its Atom processor, and ARM chipmakers for the lion’s share of the mobile device market as the fight of the decade. So far, Intel is winning, with its Atom processor in several netbooks. But […] Read more »

Wall Street has been losing its enthusiasm for the four-play plans that offer voice, video, data and wireless services to consumers.  The initial results of such efforts have so far been marginal; one can understand the investor skepticism. But don’t tell that to cable and phone […] Read more »

In the year 2020, technology such as web-connected mobile phones will continue to blur the boundaries between people’s work and personal lives — as well as their real and online lives — according to a survey of “Internet leaders, activists and analysts” conducted by the Pew […] Read more »

Today the Wall Street Journal finally got around to pointing out that Clearwire’s plans to build out its Clear WiMAX network would likely be affected by the tight credit markets — something we first brought up in October. At that time, Clearwire said if needed, it […] Read more »

In a nod toward privacy, Yahoo today said it would only keep personal data on searchers and portal users for 90 days (double that in cases of fraud or suspicious activity). This ups the ante for search firms Google, which halved its data retention time to nine […] Read more »

This morning, research firm Gartner said the semiconductor industry would decline by 16.3 percent in 2009 to a $219.2 billion industry. This is quite a revision from last month, when it forecast chip sales would decline only by 2.2 percent in 2009. This is a dismal […] Read more »

BlueKai, an advertising startup that hopes to convince users to actively manage their online privacy settings and sell better intent-based advertising information based on such actively managed accounts, has raised $10.5 million in second-round funding from Battery Ventures and return investor Redpoint Ventures. The Bellevue, Wash.-based […] Read more »

Web surfers in the Pacific Northwest will soon join the denizens of Baltimore, Md., in their ability to get WiMAX service. Although those in Baltimore are still surfing under the old Xohm brand offered by Sprint, Clearwire plans to launch the first citywide Clear branded service […] Read more »

A fast new home networking standard was ratified on Friday by the ITU. With the unsexy name and some quibbles about what the consumer friendly marketing name will be (HomeGrid backed by Intel and Texas Instruments seems likely), writing a headline is hard. But think […] Read more »

Thanks to the rising number of mobile phones around the world — and likely a loss of fixed lines — the number of international calls made to cell phones has reached about 45 percent of all international phone calls, according to research firm TeleGeography. The firm […] Read more »

Updated: M2Z’s wait will continue, because the FCC canceled its Dec. 18 meeting, leaving the issue of free, filtered wireless broadband a likely topic for the next chairman to tackle. As broadband is a key element in President-elect Barack Obama’s recovery plan, there’s hope. Sen. Jay […] Read more »

OK maybe I’m just cranky today, but Spouse 2.0 Day, when entrepreneurs are advised to buy their significant others a gift for putting up with their hectic work schedules, is just dumb. I’m married to an entrepreneur, and I work with someone who is incapable of taking […] Read more »

Icera, a UK-based semiconductor company, said today that it’s raised $70 million in additional funding in the form of debt and equity; it also said it would cut an undisclosed number of its staff. Current investors Atlas Venture, Balderton Capital, Accel Partners, Amadeus Capital Partners and […] Read more »

Because it’s Friday, and because I absolutely adore these kinds of silly polls, I thought I’d share with you Intel’s findings that 46 percent of women would rather go without sex for two weeks than go without the Internet. Maybe some of  these women are married […] Read more »

Today beleaguered telecommunication equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent said it would cut 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) in costs between now and 2010. It plans to do this by laying off 1,000 managers, 5,000 contractors and cutting costs in areas such as R&D and real estate. While this […] Read more »

Next Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on the creation of a nationwide filtered wireless broadband network (unless politics cause the issue to be struck from the agenda). The most likely beneficiary if the FCC approves the plan is a Kleiner-backed startup called M2Z Networks, […] Read more »

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