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The pay-per-post online information site Helium has raised the ire of some of its authors after proposing a new payment system. The company wants existing writers to rate more articles by requiring that they provide feedback before getting paid, and also seeks to keep writers active […] Read more »

The second generation of Mediaroom set-top boxes should cost less thanks to silicon from Microsoft partner Sigma Designs. Sigma has a system on a chip that helps lower the costs of silicon in a device by providing features such as storage, DRM and processing power, onto […] Read more »

A group of equipment vendors and handset makers have teamed up to craft a licensing framework for the fourth-generation LTE mobile standard. Essentially the group wants to prevent the pain and suffering caused by Qualcomm’s control of 3G patents related to CDMA. Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, […] Read more »

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The two companies that make the brains found in today’s computers, Intel and AMD, are both pushing hard to get into graphics, just as the top graphics chip maker, Nvidia, is aiming squarely at the CPU space. It’s not an identity crisis so much as a testament to how important graphics have become in the consumer computing experience — and how much money can be made crunching numbers on the corporate side. Read more »

With mobile phones hotter than PCs, it’s no wonder STMicroelectronics has paid $1.55 billion for 80 percent of NXP Semiconductor’s wireless division to create a wireless-focused joint venture. Everyone wants to be in the cell phone market. And for those who can’t, it’s mobile Internet devices […] Read more »

As often as I reference Moore’s Law you’d think I’d know everything about Gordon Moore, the former co-founder, president and chairman of Intel who helped create the chip industry today. In a fit of wild extrapolation, he came up with the idea that the number of […] Read more »

IBM sure has some seriously crazy semiconductor researchers locked in its basement. These guys question everything when it comes to advancing chip technology. Today IBM announced a new type of memory that will combine some of the best properties of Flash with the best properties of […] Read more »

In a memo to employees aimed at addressing fears of an AOL/Yahoo tie-up, AOL chief Randy Falco today penned a truth for social networks: But despite drawing large, engaged audiences, other social networks have not been able to make the experiences relevant to users and marketers […] Read more »

Intel’s sale to Emcore of the enterprise and storage assets of its optical platform division, along with its high-performance computing cables business, is the second deal of its kind between the two companies. Intel in December closed on an $85 million sale of the telecom assets […] Read more »

Storwize, one of the many startups tweaking storage for the cloud, netted $19 million in funding yesterday. The round follows a $9 million Series B raised in 2007 and an early round, the value of which was undisclosed. San Jose, Calif.-based Storwize offers real-time compression of […] Read more »

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Oregon ISP BendBroadband said recently that it will offer different tiers of service for its customers, ranging from 10 GB a month at speeds of up to 12 Mbps to a Gold package that allows people to use 50 GB a month at up to 16 […] Read more »

Texas likes getting energy from wind, but drawing that power from the middle of nowhere in West Texas to more populated regions is going to be expensive. Despite the hefty price tag, construction on new transmission lines should begin by the end of 2009. The Public […] Read more »

If the Internet is a highway, then the companies responsible for maintaining the roads are increasingly at odds with the ones producing a lot of the traffic. Comcast throttling BitTorrent traffic as a way to protect network integrity (or so it says) is one example. Another […] Read more »

This winter holiday season, visitors to Best Buy will be able to purchase televisions and DVD players with the ability to transmit wireless video in high definition. But before getting too excited about dumping your cords, you should know that there are currently four different ways […] Read more »

Between the laptop and the mobile phone lies…something. Intel and Qualcomm may differ on what that something is, but both firms have determined to tap into growth — real or imagined — in the ultramobile PC space, following on the heels of device makers ranging from […] Read more »

Our global economy means we need to pay attention to the actions of other nations, especially when it comes to the borderless world of the Internet and technology. So this morning I decided to take a quick look at what Europeans — from the EU to […] Read more »

Chipmaker SiBeam scored $40 million yesterday and said it would begin production of its 60 GHz chips used to transmit uncompressed HD video wirelessly throughout the house. SiBeam is one of the fabless companies behind the WirelessHD standard that is competing with Wi-Fi and Ultra-Wideband to […] Read more »

Now that the haze of exhaustion has worn off, I’m reviewing my notes from CTIA. Our cheat sheet was spot on — with the exception of an Android phone, that is. The same prototypes were available that folks saw in February at the Mobile World Congress […] Read more »

As we keep more and more of our valuable content online, do we need a new type of storage? A crop of venture-backed companies — among them Storwize and Ocarina Networks to Gear6 — certainly seems to think so. These companies solve one of two problems: […] Read more »

Now that RealNetworks has launched Scrabble by Mattel, the fate of Facebook application Scrabulous looks grim. Earlier this year, Scrabulous, which is … um….inspired by Scrabble, found itself on the receiving end of a shutdown threat from Mattel and Hasbro, holders of the Scrabble license. RealNetworks […] Read more »

After lugging my laptop, camera, tape recorder, sundry cords, a phone and notepads around the Las Vegas Convention Center for CTIA, I feel like a packhorse rather than a blogger. This got me thinking about how to lighten my load. Ideally I want to be able […] Read more »

The head of UK Internet provider Talk Talk says he doesn’t want to be the recording industry’s policeman. A noble stance is there ever was one — until you recall that Charles Dunstone’s ISP is one of the ones using ad insertion software from Phorm (albeit […] Read more »

After wandering around at CTIA (usually hopelessly lost) I’ve decided that I was wrong. I need a touch screen and I need it bad. When the iPhone came out, the EDGE network, crappy AT&T coverage in Austin and the hype factor kept me away. Plus, the […] Read more »

In filtering through the myriad of WiMax announcements at CTIA, I’m coming away with the feeling that the market for this technology isn’t going to be anywhere near as big as everyone had initially hoped. Sprint, for example, has delayed the launch of its Xohm WiMax […] Read more »

Speech recognition company Vligno has scored a $20 million second round of funding led by Yahoo, and through a relationship with the search company, access to 600 million cell phone subscribers worldwide. As I noted earlier, Yahoo said today it will use Vlingo to power the […] Read more »

Yahoo, with the second generation of its oneSearch product, has thrown down the gauntlet in the mobile search wars. Whereas Google employed a clean and easy-to-use interface to win over the desktop space, Yahoo is trying to make gains in the mobile space by taking a […] Read more »

Qualcomm has profited handsomely from the spread of CDMA and more recently from 3G wireless technologies. But as a new wireless broadband era dawns, San Diego company faces some challenges. For COO Dr. Sanjay Jha, the big opportunity is cloud clients or mobile devices that live and feed off wireless broadband connections. Read the interview for more details. Read more »

Playing with the Instinct, Samsung’s answer to the iPhone, is a fun experience, but not one I could handle on a daily basis. The touch interface is nice, with a satisfying vibration each time the phone registers a touch command, but lacks an accelerometer to register […] Read more »

Monday’s decision by the Justice Department to allow XM and Sirius to merge, combined with incumbents such as Verizon and AT&T winning much of the spectrum on offer in the 700 MHz auction, means we’re likely see M&A among the major satellite players in the coming […] Read more »

I’m getting ready to hit Sin City for next week’s CTIA Wireless show, from April 1-3, so for those of you not planning to attend — or who will attend but plan to gamble away your expense money — here’s your cheat sheet for the show. […] Read more »

Facebook users can already access the site on their mobile phones through the Facebook mobile page, but apparently the combination of the social network and 3G networks is what prompted Hong Kong tycoon, Li Ka-shing, to up his stake in the company to more than $100 […] Read more »

In an effort to soothe privacy concerns related to its online ad insertion service — and help ease its entry into the North American market — British startup Phorm conducted a call today to explain exactly what user data it collects and how that data is […] Read more »

In December, Om reviewed the Dash Express Internet-connected navigation device. Commenters agreed that it looked great, but at $600 plus a monthly service fee, was too pricey. Maybe Dash listened, because the product is now available (plus the fees) for $399.99 at Amazon.com. Read more »

AMD has unleashed a line of desktop chips at a time when PC sales are slowing and even Intel is experiencing tighter margins (although, that’s because of memory prices). No matter how good AMD’s offerings are, it’s going to be hard for the company to gain […] Read more »

Adobe has decided to jump on the free consumer service bandwagon with the release of its new Photoshop Express online photo organizer and photo editor. Because Adobe also will store the photos (up to 2 gigabytes), it’s also the first big test of Adobe’s custom-built hosting […] Read more »

Bungee Labs is changing the landscape of utility computing and SaaS billing options by offering pricing based on compute time, bandwidth and the number of times an application communicates back with its host server only when the program is actually in use. And the cost to […] Read more »

Voice and mobile phones go together like ice cream and cake, so it’s no surprise to see that BubbleMotion has scored $14 million in second-round funding for its voice-to-text-message voice SMS service for carriers. It’s one of several players racing to deliver services that bypass the […] Read more »

Motorola has announced the spinout of its handset division, continuing a history of divesting itself from troubled business lines and isolating its potentially attractive networking and equipment business for a future buyer. Details about the spinout are few and far between, but Greg Brown, Motorola’s CEO, […] Read more »

Amidst the flurry of carbon credits, lead-free electronics and green everything, the truth of the matter is that folks who are truly green don’t buy a lot of stuff. But that’s no way to push products, so we’re stuck with greenwashing. The technology industry is as […] Read more »

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