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BUSINESS
April 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Amazon.com Inc.'s brick-and-mortar competitors have yet another reason to fear the Web: a new service that lets shoppers compare prices and buy things with a few quick taps on their cellphones. Amazon TextBuyIt, which launched late Tuesday, lets people text the name of a product, its description or its UPC or ISBN to 262966 -- that's "Amazon" on the keypad -- from anywhere their cellphones work, including inside stores.
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BUSINESS
April 2, 2008 | DAVID LAZARUS
The Cuban government made headlines worldwide when it announced the other day that its citizens would finally have unrestricted access to cellphones, ushering in a new era in telecommunications for the economically challenged island. I say: The people of Cuba don't know how good they've had it. Cellphones are one of those revolutionary technologies that make people wonder how we ever got along without them. They're incredibly convenient, increasingly versatile and generally reliable.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Apple Inc.'s retail stores are running out of iPhones, a sign the company may soon introduce a new version of the Web-surfing handset, an analyst said in a report. At least 20 of Apple's 180 stores in the U.S. are out of iPhones, and Apple is telling online shoppers it may take as long as seven days to fill their orders, Piper Jaffray & Co. analyst Gene Munster said.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2008 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
Money wiring is going wireless. Remittance giant Western Union Corp. said Tuesday that it was rolling out a service that would enable consumers in the U.S. to send money to relatives in Latin America using their cellular phones. Targeted at Latino immigrants and their families, the service aims to piggyback on the soaring popularity of mobile phones in the developing world by making it more convenient for customers to send and receive money. Global remittances surpassed $300 billion last year.
WORLD
March 29, 2008 | From Reuters
Cuba said Friday that it would allow all Cubans to buy and use cellphones, the latest step by new President Raul Castro to improve access to consumer goods. Cuba has the lowest rate of cellphone use in Latin America. The service had been restricted to foreigners and government officials and employees. Cuban telecommunications monopoly ETECSA, a joint venture with Telecom Italia, said it would begin selling the service within days to people who have the hard currency.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Sprint Nextel Corp.'s Boost Mobile, a service provider that targets young adults, began selling advertisements on its phones to bolster sales. Boost will initially display ads from News Corp.'s Fox Searchlight Pictures and Honda Motor Corp.'s Acura line. The promotions will appear in software for Internet access and music downloads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2008 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
UCLA's neuropsychiatric hospital has banned all cellphones and laptop computers after a patient posted group photos of other patients on a social networking website, officials confirmed Monday. Dr. Thomas Strouse, medical director of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, said in a statement that the decision was part of "UCLA Health System's ongoing efforts to enhance patient privacy and confidentiality in compliance with California's patient rights law."
BUSINESS
February 20, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
If you've got an appetite for talking on mobile phones, major cellphone companies are ready to give you all you can eat. Three of the nation's largest mobile phone carriers said Tuesday that they would offer unlimited domestic calling for a flat $100 a month, raising the possibility of a price war and the likelihood that customers finally might be able to understand their bills. Verizon Wireless was the first to announce the new option early Tuesday, followed quickly by AT&T Inc.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Viacom Inc.'s Paramount studio is starting a unit for delivering entertainment on mobile devices. Paramount said it had appointed executives to head the unit in North America, Asia and Europe.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Qualcomm Inc. overtook Texas Instruments Inc. to become the largest maker of chips for mobile phones last year as customers used more of its semiconductors for devices that surf the Web and download videos. Sales of Qualcomm phone chips rose to $5.5 billion in 2007, compared with about $5 billion for Texas Instruments, which had dominated the market since the 1990s, said Will Strauss, an analyst at Forward Concepts Co. in Tempe, Ariz.
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