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HarperCollins Fattens Scribd’s E-Book Subscription Catalog

Scribd announced Tuesday that HarperCollins has become the first major publisher to join its monthly e-book subscription service. Scribd launched the e-book service earlier this year with a handful of smaller publishers including RosettaBooks and Sourcebooks. Since then, it has grown more than 60 pe...

FCC Spectrum Auction Attracts Motley Crew of Hopeful Bidders

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday published the list of companies that have applied to participate in its auction of the 700 MHz band of wireless spectrum next month, and included among the long list of expected players were a few surprises. Oil giant Chevron, for one, apparently plan...

Qualcomm Beefs Up Mobile Banking With $210M Firethorn Buy

In a move designed to bolster its offerings in the mobile market, Qualcomm will acquire mobile banking provider Firethorn Holdings for $210 million. The acquisition is intended to help financial institutions promote consumer adoption of mobile banking services, Qualcomm said, such as the ability to ...

Mobile Developers Get to Tinker With Google’s Android

After months of speculation and rumors about its mobile plans, Google and a raft of supporting companies gathered Monday to announce Android, a new platform billed as the first truly open and comprehensive application for mobile devices. The platform is the result of a collaboration including T-Mobi...

DoJ Weighs In Against Net Neutrality

Advocates of net neutrality suffered a blow to their cause Thursday, when the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division issued a filing cautioning against regulations that could hamper development of the Internet. Prohibiting broadband Internet service providers from charging content providers...

Google Likely to Bring Big Bucks to FCC Auction

Although Google didn't get everything it wanted regarding rules for the FCC's upcoming auction of 700 MHz wireless spectrum, it will likely participate in the auction anyway, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Tuesday. Asked by a T-Mobile executive at a conference if Google would still participate, Schmid...

Sprint Puts Pals on the Map

Harry Potter may have the Marauder's Map to show him where his friends are, but Sprint customers will soon have Loopt to help them find and connect with each other. Mountain View, Calif.-based Loopt announced Tuesday that it has launched its namesake service on Sprint technology, using the GPS capab...

New Business BlackBerry Borrows From Pearl

Against the backdrop of the 3GSM World Congress wireless trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Research In Motion on Monday unveiled the latest in its BlackBerry line of e-mail phone devices. The BlackBerry 8800 smartphone is the slimmest BlackBerry yet, and comes equipped with a variety of consumer-style...

BlackBerry Pearl Takes a Walk on the White Side

Research In Motion and T-Mobile on Monday rolled out a new, "pearl white" version of the popular BlackBerry Pearl smartphone. Previously available only in "piano black" from T-Mobile and Cingular, the white version is available exclusively from T-Mobile. Discounted pricing is $149 with a two-year co...

Biggest Tech Surprises of 2006, Part 1: Telecom

After several disappointing years, the telecom market experienced renewed growth in 2006, and a number of surprising developments occurred. The highlights include the integration of cellular and WiFi features, a rush to deliver mobile music services, movement toward bundled services, a focus on high...

RIM’s Latest Pearl of Wisdom?

After dominating the business handheld e-mail market, Research In Motion unveiled its follow-up act: high-end consumer smartphones. In September, the company announced the BlackBerry Pearl, its first device equipped with a digital camera and an MP3 player. The shift appears to be a natural progressi...

Vendors Look to Balloons to Support Cell Services

With cell phones now becoming popular fixtures among the masses, securing coverage in even the most remote geographic areas has become an important goal for service providers. Cell towers are expensive, however, costing from US$100,000 to more than $1 million to set up, and present logistical proble...

Companies Look to Broaden Brand Identity With Cellular Services

Looking for a new cellular service? If so, there are more choices available now than just those from traditional carriers, such as Cingular and T-Mobile USA. Increasingly companies like ESPN and its parent, the Walt Disney Co., are entering the cellular services market, too. "Many firms view offerin...

Wireless Usage Expands to Machines

The image of teens, businessmen and virtually all kinds of consumers talking on cell phones has become common, if not ubiquitous in recent years. As the number of cell phone users in the United States has reached and passed the hundred-million mark, carriers have been hard pressed to find ways to co...

Warchalking for WiFi: A Novel Idea Loses Steam

We live in a world where people can now carry their laptop computers around town and plop them down to surf the Web or check e-mail simply by finding a hot spot, a location where a company provides the public with wireless Internet access, often for free. Airports, coffee shops and hotels are some o...

Elon Musk's Dec. 2 action to release The Twitter Files: Approve or Disapprove?
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