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Qualcomm has spent 8.3 million pounds ($16.2 million) buying 40 MHz of L-band spectrum in the U.K., which the company could use for its MediaFLO mobile television or other two-way wireless data services. However, the wireless chipmaker’s overseas shopping spree might end at the borders of […] Read more »

The New York Times had an article today about the loss of women in the science and technology fields as they hit their 30s and beyond. It cites a report that blames a macho culture intrinsic to those fields. But it’s possible that readers in the […] Read more »

Neither Om nor I are shy about talking infrastructure, but the High Scalability blog has gone totally geek and parsed the details of how Facebook plans to scale its new Jabber chat service to 70 million members using a hella lot of servers and Erlang. As […] Read more »

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Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has recruited a new entrepreneur-in-residence to work in its Department of Energy program, which aims to commercialize clean energy technologies coming out of national labs. Kleiner’s representative for the program will be Joel Serface, the current director of the Austin Clean […] Read more »

Like the rotary dial, the keyboard’s role as a technological interface will soon come to an end as more information — especially visual information such as photos and videos — is stored on computers. And Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates hopes to help put the nail in […] Read more »

IBM has taken the storied Cell processor and amped up both the processing capacity and production. IBM says it will produce the Cell processor at 65 nanometers and start popping it into servers to create a “supercomputing experience for the masses.” That is, if the masses […] Read more »

Nvidia has plans for a mobile chipset that will change the look and functionality of smartphones when it hits in mid-to-late 2009. While many of the big chip vendors are placing bets on the concept of a mobile Internet device that’s larger than a smartphone, but […] Read more »

No one knows exactly how big the market for mobile Internet devices will be, but the major chip makers are betting it will be huge (it’s one of the reasons they’re making chips for mobile devices at 45 nanometers.) We’ve covered efforts by Intel, Qualcomm, and […] Read more »

Anyone questioning the need for more fiber or wireless backhaul, or even 4G wireless broadband, need only look at a recent survey from IDC that finds that a constant connection is becoming the expected norm for almost a fifth of the world’s population. Sure, the study […] Read more »

Network management practices employed by Bell Canada have led the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic to ask for an investigation of the telecommunications company. The CIPPIC, a University of Ottawa legal clinic, accuses the firm of using deep packet inspection tools to determine what […] Read more »

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Last week, I pointed out that MySpace’s Data Availability efforts were welcome in that they expand the number of sites on which a user can use her MySpace data, but that MySpace still had a lock on the user data since it hosted and determined who could display that data by approving site partners. If MySpace’s efforts were three steps forward in opening up user profiles, then Google’s Friend Connect represents two steps back. Read more »

Controversy around RealID is nothing new. When Congress passed an act in 2005 that required a set of machine-readable information on government-issued identity cards, plenty of opposition pointed out the expense, the unnecessary amounts of data and the bureaucratic nightmare of issuing all-new cards to citizens. […] Read more »

HP is trying to eliminate copper on semiconductors to make them run faster, and today the company is gathering about 150 researchers at its Palo Alto campus to push lasers as a means to do this. If it and chip manufacturers such as Intel, IBM and […] Read more »

Today, telco gear maker Dilithium Networks launched a software product for carriers, content publishers and content delivery networks that can handle all of the transcoding necessary to take content formatted for one screen and move it to another in real time. The Dilithium Content Adapter is […] Read more »

We often cover semiconductors that require less energy, but we rarely talk to the companies behind those chips to find out what else they might be doing to reduce their power consumption. However, Norm Fjeldheim, chief information officer for Qualcomm, recently shared a few tidbits about […] Read more »

In my years covering technology, I’ve gotten more than my fair share of pitches related to the latest consumer Internet startup. Thanks to this I’ve been able to witness what amounts to be a near-familiar life cycle for these companies. Not every company hits every step, […] Read more »

HP Labs is asking academic and research institutions for research proposals that focus on cloud computing, sustainable IT, transferring data seamlessly across a variety of media, dealing with the information explosion and dynamic computing. The computer company will offer $50,000 or $75,000 for selected proposals — […] Read more »

MySpace today launched announced a data availability initiative that will allow users to opt in to sharing their MySpace information on a variety of partner sites. While not exactly complete data portability (the social networking company also said it was joining the Data Portability Project), it’s […] Read more »

Another site billing itself as an eBay killer is launching today. Fididel offers real-time negotiation and trains negotiators that can work on behalf of sellers to help them get good prices, which makes it a potential shopping place for those disillusioned with eBay’s auction sniping. Yes, […] Read more »

Most solar companies use silicon to turn solar energy into electrical energy, but researchers at the University of Tel Aviv have recently moved to go green in more of a literal sense. Rather than silicon, they’re using bio-engineered plant proteins to build their PV base. This […] Read more »

AT&T, after months of waiting, is finally launching its MediaFLO mobile broadcast television service. The Vu service, which is based on Qualcomm’s MediaFLO technology, will roll out May 4th in 58 cities across the country. Much like Verizon’s V-Cast service, which is based on the same […] Read more »

As Ruby on Rails rose to prominence in the last few years, the platform has faced derision from some programmers over its inability to scale for enterprise applications. Ruby on Rails might be good for making interactive web pages, but it was no C or Java. […] Read more »

The LG Secret launched today with a touch screen powered by Synaptics touch capacitors, a technology whose star has risen in the consumer devices universe in the wake of the iPhone. The iPhone uses a grid layout of capacitive sensors to enable multi-finger gestures, something that […] Read more »

Hewlett-Packard has come up with a new type of circuit called a memristor — a conflation of the words memory and resistance — in the form of a chip capable of storing data and processing it without being limited to the binary zeros and ones. The […] Read more »

Today’s data centers consume 0.5 percent of the world’s energy but are about as energy efficient as a poorly maintained Hummer is fuel efficient. But getting data centers to run more like a Prius is going to take a lot of work in areas that range […] Read more »

Google isn’t evil and it isn’t being beaten down by the recession or fewer click-throughs on its ads. At least that’s the message CEO Eric Schmidt tried to convey during an interview with Maria Bartiromo that will air on CNBC after the close of markets today. […] Read more »

The giant Time Warner implosion starts now with the move to split off its growing cable division and use the capital to buy back shares. While the cable business brought some stability to Time Warner’s bottom line, it’s an awkward asset for a content company to […] Read more »

Transferring wireless, high-definition content is a puzzle that hardware vendors have long been trying to solve. It’s hard to cram that much data into a fast wireless stream using unlicensed spectrum such as Wi-Fi or Ultra-wideband, but plenty of companies are trying. However, for any technology […] Read more »

Cox Enterprises is spending $300 million to buy online ad network Adify, as both a hedge against the death of classified ads and a way to delve deeper into Internet advertising. As far as bargains go, this one could be a good one for Adify’s investors, […] Read more »

Russell Read, the exec who leads investment strategy for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s $244 billion pension fund — the largest in the country — said today that he plans to launch his own private equity fund devoted to clean energy after he steps down […] Read more »

About two months ago, I wrote about my decision to get rid of my land line and rely strictly on my cell phone — with its unlimited plan — for my voice needs. It was a mistake. My social network (namely in the form of my […] Read more »

Sprint’s delay in launching its Xohm WiMAX service will cause problems for the carrier, but shouldn’t be read as the demise of WiMAX as a 4G mobile broadband standard, according to the inaugural report issued by Sidecut Reports. Sidecut is a research firm headed by Paul […] Read more »

When it comes to online auctions I’m far more likely to be on the selling than the buying end. I am just not that into stuff. So I’m probably not the right person to evaluate a startup like Wigix, which launches its public beta today. The […] Read more »

As the mobile browsing experience forces people to search on smaller screens, where will Google place all of its revenue-generating text ads? Ben Kunz in BusinessWeek writes that the rise in mobile browsing on small screens equates to less ad space for Google. I doubt very […] Read more »

Poor AMD. Cray has decided to build its next generation of supercomputers around Intel’s Xeon chips. Cray’s previous line was built around AMD’s Opteron processor, which was introduced in 2003, but AMD’s latest quad-core chip — the Barcelona — has been delayed. Into that delay has […] Read more »

Rarely does the tech world see companies who resemble Timex watches in their ability to take a patent lickin’ and keep on tickin’. But the U.S. headquarters of Buffalo Inc. is one such entity. Read more »

Data center and hosting provider RackSpace Inc., has filed to raise up to $400 million in an initial public offering. Its financials seem generally sound (unlike many tech companies it’s actually profitable), although profits did drop by 10 percent in the last year. However, rapid expansion […] Read more »

As data moves into the cloud, many storage companies are evaluating their use of memory in the data center as they try to strike a balance between easily accessible cache memory powered by flash and slower-to-access disk memory powered by hard drives. At the same time, they’re trying to make their storage easier to provision and more reliable by looking at some form of virtualization. Both trends will change the dynamic for large storage vendors in the years to come. Read more »

IBM, the granddaddy of computing, uses 5 billion kilowatt hours to power its data center operations each year. But over the next three years, Big Blue is attempting to double its compute capability without budging the needle on its power consumption. It’s already well on its […] Read more »

For those of you jonesing for AT&T Wi-Fi and a highly caffeinated cup of Starbucks java, your wait is finally over — unless you live outside of San Antonio. A little more than a month after AT&T announced it was replacing T-Mobile as the branded Wi-Fi […] Read more »

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