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Catching the Next VoIP Growth Wave

VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, started out being a very low-quality and clunky way to make free calls using an Internet-connected computer. As it has evolved, most of its growth has been on the consumer side, but that is now slowing. Growth is starting to come from the business side. So, wha...

WiFi Pays Retailers in Spades

EarthLink and IHL on Tuesday released a joint study that shines a light on the specific ways different types of localized WiFi networks are helping businesses, and how enterprises are adapting to the realities of a more mobile and data-centric world. Companies are changing their point-of-sale system...

EarthLink, Clearwire Try for Joint Broadband Comeback

EarthLink and Clearwire announced a new partnership Monday that will enable EarthLink to resell mobile broadband service on Clearwire's 4G network. The new service should begin by early 2013, and will focus on in-home consumer use. Later, EarthLink said it might include more offerings including broa...

OPINION

Tech Trends in 2012: What’s Hot, What’s Not?

My Pick of the Week is a brand new category of computers called "Ultrabooks." Think of Apple's thin MacBook Air -- but on Windows. These are a hit with Apple users, so there is no reason they shouldn't be just as popular with the Windows crowd, as long as they run well. I have not used them yet, but...

OPINION

Trouble at Clearwire Could Spell Trouble for Others

We have watched Clearwire build its 4G wireless Internet service from scratch over the last few years. It has successfully won a few million customers and has looked like one of the hot new companies and technologies. But now it is suddenly struggling with the enormous investment costs and is thrott...

OPINION

The Flawed Focus of Universal Broadband

This month, the Federal Communications Commission begins drafting a national broadband plan as part of the 2009 stimulus package. This is not the first government attempt at broadband ubiquity, so the FCC can learn from past failures. The commissioners have less than eight months to "ensure that all...

Google Expects to Take a Loss on AOL Stake

Search engine giant Google could see a significant write-down in its $1 billion investment in AOL, the company revealed. "We believe our investment in AOL may be impaired," it says in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. "There can be no assurance that impairment charges will not be ...

Expert: Domain Name Redirects Open Door for Hackers

Internet service providers that serve advertising when a user requests a Web page that doesn't exist are exposing their users to a giant security breach, according to security researcher Dan Kaminsky. The vulnerability resulting from the practice, which is an increasingly common way for ISPs to make...

Google Plays Openness Card to Slip Broadband Between TV Channels

Having induced the Federal Communications Commission to open up the C block of wireless spectrum at the recent wireless auction, Google is now seeking access to another set of airwaves in pursuit of openness. This time, it wants to open up the unlicensed parts of the TV broadcast spectrum, the so-ca...

Starbucks Serves Up AT&T, Takes T-Mobile Off Menu

AT&T will deliver WiFi access in thousands of Starbucks locations across the country as the coffee chain parts ways with former access partner T-Mobile. AT&T will offer both free and paid WiFi connectivity at more than 7,000 company-run Starbucks locations, the companies said Monday. The new...

Starbucks Serves Up AT&T, Takes T-Mobile Off Menu

AT&T will deliver WiFi access in thousands of Starbucks locations across the country as the coffee chain parts ways with former access partner T-Mobile. AT&T will offer both free and paid WiFi connectivity at more than 7,000 company-run Starbucks locations, the companies said Monday. The new...

Starbucks Serves Up AT&T, Takes T-Mobile Off Menu

AT&T will deliver WiFi access in thousands of Starbucks locations across the country as the coffee chain parts ways with former access partner T-Mobile. AT&T will offer both free and paid WiFi connectivity at more than 7,000 company-run Starbucks locations, the companies said Monday. The new...

Startup to Take Another Stab at SF Citywide WiFi

Meraki, a wireless mesh network startup with dreams of bringing Internet access to developing countries, announced Friday that it will expand its "Free the Net" program, currently available in a few San Francisco neighborhoods, to cover the entire city and create a free municipal WiFi network. The M...

What’s Eating Citywide WiFi, Part 2

Mayors and city governments around the U.S. bought into citywide WiFi project plans, which often included unsupportable performance claims and grossly inflated forecasts for the numbers of users they would attract. Those decisions have come back to haunt them and have led to some abrupt reversals of...

What’s Eating Citywide WiFi, Part 1

In their eagerness to bring the benefits of wireless internetworking to their cities, mayors in Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and other U.S. cities have bought into untested, inflated claims. Now, they are revising their plans to roll out municipal WiFi networks. Last month, Chicago began backing ...

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