July 21, 2007 |
If Google Inc. has its way, your cellphone will work on any wireless network and companies will sell high-speed Internet access for cut-rate prices. Google thinks that would be a wonderful world -- for consumers as well as its own bottom line -- and it's proposing to pony up $4.6 billion in a long-shot bid to create it. The king of Web search Friday offered to dig into its mountain of cash to transform a chunk of prime public airwaves into a high-speed data freeway.
May 25, 2007 |
Mexico is expanding its ability to tap telephone calls and e-mail using money from the U.S. government, a move that underlines how the country's conservative government is increasingly willing to cooperate with the United States on law enforcement. The expansion comes as President Felipe Calderon is pushing to amend the Mexican Constitution to allow officials to tap phones without a judge's approval in some cases.
May 21, 2007 |
Alltel Corp., owner of one of the nation's largest cellphone networks, said Sunday that it had agreed to a $27.5-billion buyout by a pair of investment firms. The purchase still must be approved by Alltel shareholders. The company said in a news release that it had signed an agreement to be acquired by TPG Capital, formerly Texas Pacific Group, and GS Capital Partners -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s leveraged-buyout unit.
April 27, 2007 |
College coaches will have to go back to recruiting the old-fashioned way. By a 13-3 vote, the NCAA board of directors approved a ban Thursday to eliminate all text messages from coaches to recruits, beginning in August. The move comes a week after the NCAA's management council recommended the ban, which also eliminates communications through other electronic means such as video phones, video conferencing and message boards on social networking websites.
April 22, 2007 |
No one in the evening crowd at a Starbucks in Pasadena knew Humphrey Cheung. But Cheung, quietly sipping hot chocolate and working on his laptop, knew things about them. Several tables away was a guy sitting alone with his own laptop. "He's starting a business," Cheung said. And the young couple in the far corner? "They're getting married," he confided. Cheung isn't psychic. He had hacked into the coffee shop's wireless Internet connection on his Toshiba laptop.
March 23, 2007 |
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday eased rules on wireless Internet services sold by telecommunications companies including AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. The wireless broadband order frees Internet access on hand-held devices from "commercial mobile radio service" rules that apply to wireless telephone services.
March 22, 2007 |
Sprint Nextel Corp. is adding satellite navigation to its wireless data plans to set itself apart from competitors. The service, which provides driving directions and help locate businesses, will be included in plans starting at $20 a month, along with Internet browsing, digital radio and streaming video, the Reston, Va.-based company said. Rivals AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless sell navigation separately from other services for $9.99 a month, an option Sprint also offers.
March 11, 2007 |
MORE than a few obstacles stand in the way of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan, unveiled with some fanfare last month, to blanket all 498 square miles of Los Angeles with wireless Internet access by 2009.
February 28, 2007 |
A judge has halted legal proceedings in one of Qualcomm Inc.'s complaints that Nokia Corp. violated its wireless-technology patents. The move came as a deadline neared for the two companies to renew a high-stakes licensing agreement. Administrative Law Judge Robert L. Barton Jr. of the U.S. International Trade Commission gave no explanation for the indefinite delay in his two-sentence written order. A trial in the patent dispute had been scheduled to begin Monday.
February 28, 2007 |
Leap Wireless International Inc., operator of the Cricket and Jump mobile-phone services, reported a loss in the fourth quarter as it spent more to expand its coverage area. Its shares rose on Leap's subscriber forecast. The net loss was $39.4 million, or 60 cents a share, compared with profit of $4.95 million, or 8 cents, a year earlier, San Diego-based Leap said. Sales rose 37% to $314.5 million, topping the $312.8-million average estimate of analysts in a Bloomberg poll.