RIM waves off Amazon interest, insisting it can turn things around

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has turned down Amazon.com and other parties that have expressed interest in purchasing the company, Reuters is reporting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Investors attempt to separate winners (viz. Local Tandem) from losers in wake of ICC reforms

One company that’s happy about inter-carrier compensation reforms detailed in the FCC’s recent Connect America Fund order (FCC adopts Universal Service and inter-carrier compensation reform order) is Neutral Tandem. Read the rest of this entry »

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ITC’s ruling for Microsoft, as with Apple, a disappointing win

Microsoft, like Apple, is half celebrating. The U.S. International Trade Commission made an initial ruling yesterday that Motorola is in violation of one Microsoft patent — but not six others.

Motorola is one of the last Android-using holdouts to resist paying Microsoft royalties for the OS, which includes capabilities for which Microsoft apparently holds some of the patents. HTC pays Microsoft $5 for each Android phone it activates, and Samsung is believed to pay upward of that (CP: Samsung joins HTC in paying Microsoft for Android).

Motorola general counsel Scott Offer said in a statement that Motorola is “very pleased” with the announcement, and that the determination “may provide clarity on the definition of the Microsoft 566 patent for which a violation was found and will help us avoid infringement of this patent in the U.S. market.”

He added that Microsoft is currently infringing on Motorola’s patent portfolio (soon to become Google’s patent portfolio) and that the ITC is expected to rule on the case on April 20.

“Motorola Mobility remains confident in its position and will continue to move forward with its complaints,” said Offer.

The ITC yesterday also ruled in favor of Apple, in a suit against HTC, saying that a number of HTC’s Android-running smartphones violate one Apple patent, though not others for more core features (unfiltered: Apple the victor in ITC ruling, but the spoils may go to HTC, Android). By many accounts, HTC, like Motorola, came out the real winner.

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Apple the victor in ITC ruling, but the spoils may go to HTC, Android

The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled in favor Apple, saying that some features on Android-running handsets from HTC infringe on an Apple patent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Verizon and Cablevision settle video advertising dispute–at least for now

Verizon and Cablevision have settled a lawsuit about claims made in Verizon FiOS ads, Bloomberg reported yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apple reportedly readying to conquer TV industry

Apple is getting serious about its plans to transform the way consumers interact with televisions as dramatically as it did their dealings with music and telephones. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Apple executives have begun talking with media executives about “their vision for the future of TV.” Read the rest of this entry »

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HFC network operators offer high-value freebies to current customers

Verizon’s deal to market cable company services, announced within days of a Verizon exec’s revelation that the company foresees an end to its FiOS buildout (CP: Verizon’s McAdam says video key to LTE and smartphone adoption), has caused some industry watchers to tout the superiority of cable company hybrid-fiber coax networks. The investment to support FiOS is too high, the thinking goes, and DSL doesn’t support enough bandwidth. But HFC, supporters say, offers the right balance of cost and bandwidth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gartner — Catching the 80 year wave

The 80 year long Information Age is moving into its second half. Technology is installed, ubiquitous, commoditized and consumerized. What now? Read the rest of this entry »

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We now know who deployed Carrier IQ, if not how it will all end up

In response to a U.S. Senate request for details on the use of its software, vendor Carrier IQ and partners including AT&T, Sprint, HTC, and Samsung released a list of phones on which the software is installed (see the full list below — it’s extensive). Next week, T-Mobile and Motorola will provide that information as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hot development area: TV antennas (no joke)

It seems like everyone is pursuing opportunities involving TV broadcast spectrum. White space database administrators like Spectrum Bridge are putting the finishing touches on technology to enable the use of SuperWiFi and other emerging broadband apps in areas where broadcasters aren’t using the spectrum (CP: FCC frees up TV white spaces). Meanwhile, the FCC and now the House of Representatives are looking to free up some of the same spectrum for mobile broadband use through voluntary incentive auctions. Read the rest of this entry »

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