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November 18, 2007 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Britney does it. So does my boss. What about you? It's texting while driving: the insanely attention-diverting practice of typing out messages on cellphones while barreling down the highway. A law against it in California is set to go into effect in July, but it applies only to drivers under the age of 18. Guess that leaves Britney Spears in the clear. An abstinence campaign probably wouldn't have much of an effect either, given how common texting has become as a form of communication.
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BUSINESS
November 17, 2007 | From Reuters
Google Inc. is considering bidding alone on coveted airwaves to launch a U.S. wireless network as a deadline nears to declare bidding plans, people familiar with the situation said. One source underscored that Google had made no decision as of Friday on whether it would bid with partners or on its own in the auction of 700-megahertz spectrum due to begin Jan. 24. Bidding could pit Google against top wireless carriers AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Sprint Nextel Corp. and Clearwire Corp. said Friday that they had canceled their plan to combine the high-speed wireless networks they are building. The breakup is a blow to Clearwire, which already has a network in some parts of the country based on the WiMax technology. Sprint's network, using the same technology, would have complemented Clearwire's coverage. Shares of Clearwire fell $4.54, or 25%, to $13.49 after sliding as low as $13.03, an all-time low. The Kirkland, Wash.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2007 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
Google Inc. rules your computer. Now it wants to rule your mobile phone. After months of speculation, Google on Monday unveiled its vision to transform the wireless industry by making mobile phones as good for Web surfing as personal computers. Google and a consortium of 33 companies, including mobile- handset makers, phone carriers and other technology leaders, plan to offer free software to power mobile phones that will hit the market in the next six to 12 months.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2007 | From Reuters
Google Inc. will unveil its mobile strategy today, including a phone operating system and a broad alliance with multiple wireless service providers and handset vendors, according to people familiar with the matter. Sources said the Google mobile operating system would be based on open-source Linux code, which will support applications from different software developers in addition to Google's own services, which include e-mail and mapping. Its partners include Sprint Nextel Corp.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2007 | From Reuters
Google Inc. will unveil its mobile strategy Monday, including a phone operating system and a broad alliance with multiple wireless service providers and handset vendors, people familiar with the matter said Friday. Sources said the Google mobile operating system would be based on open-source Linux code, which would support applications from different software developers in addition to Google's own services, which include e-mail and mapping. Its partners include Sprint Nextel Corp.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
The Southern California fires wreaked havoc on cellphone service, destroying dozens of antenna towers, causing power outages in other areas and leaving many residents with no other means of communication. Even where coverage was available, the surging call volume as tens of thousands of evacuees went wireless overwhelmed circuits and blocked calls from getting through.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
American, Northwest and US Airways joined other major airlines in raising most U.S. round-trip fares by as much as $20 as jet fuel prices near record highs. The fare hikes were initiated Wednesday by United Airlines. Six of the seven largest U.S. carriers have joined in the increase. Only Southwest Airlines held the line on fares. The price of jet fuel has climbed 37% this year and is $2.43 a gallon in New York. The price hit $2.49 in September 2005.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
The broadband technology WiMax has been added to a global standard for mobile devices, boosting its chances of becoming the preferred system for the next generation of high-speed wireless Internet access. The decision by the U.N. telecommunications agency means airwaves designated for other technologies in the standard known as IMT-2000 can be used for networks based on WiMax.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that it had agreed to buy airwaves from Aloha Partners for $2.5 billion to add capacity for wireless video and text messaging as revenue from land-line customers declined. The airwaves cover areas with 196 million potential customers, including cities such as New York and Los Angeles. The purchase of Providence, R.I.-based Aloha should close in six to nine months.
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