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Is Bigger Better? Facebook Mobile Redesign Spikes Data Usage by 50%

In the platform wars, open is ultimately more valuable than closed, says Betaworks

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When it comes to the future of the web, there are a few incubator-style seed investors that are worth paying attention to, and New York-based Betaworks is likely at or near the top of that list — founder and CEO John Borthwick has been an early proponent of some of...
In the platform wars, open is ultimately more valuable than closed, says Betaworks

New Megaupload To Launch On Police Raid Anniversary

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With 50 million visitors per day at its peak, Megaupload was one of the largest websites on the Internet. This abruptly ended January this year when the U.S. Government took down the file-hosting service and had several key employees arrested including founder Kim Dotcom. Despite ongoing criminal proceedings Dotcom and...
New Megaupload To Launch On Police Raid Anniversary
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FCC evaluating 'reverse auction' for unused TV bandwidth

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In February, Congress passed legislation allowing the FCC to re-allocate wireless spectrum by acquiring it from television broadcasters. The three-phase plan to re-acquire bandwidth has entered the rule-making process on Friday. The reverse auction process will allow the FCC to rearrange the remaining broadcasters to make larger blocks of spectrum...
FCC evaluating 'reverse auction' for unused TV bandwidth

China Surpasses U.S. iOS and Android Activations For First Time

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Mobile analytics company Flurry reports that activation of new iOS and Android devices in China has surpassed the U.S. for the first time. February, Flurry calculated that China surpassed the United States in monthly new iOS and Android device activations for the first time in history. China is now the...
China Surpasses U.S. iOS and Android Activations For First Time

India Court Asks Essar, Loop Founders to Appear on March 17

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An Indian judge has asked the founders of the Essar and Loop groups to appear in court on March 17 to face charges of conspiracy and cheating in the allegedly rigged sale of telecom licenses and bandwidth in 2008....
India Court Asks Essar, Loop Founders to Appear on March 17

Review: Connectify Dispatch combines network adapters to increase speed and reliability

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Beyond the Hotspot software that comprises the bulk of their business, Connectify Inc. makes another utility for laptop enthusiasts: Dispatch. The adapters list appears at the bottom of the main interface window, and a handy graph provides throughput information over time. Connectify Dispatch works by simultaneously leveraging the multiple...
Review: Connectify Dispatch combines network adapters to increase speed and reliability
BitTorrent accelerator fights off piracy reputation with innovation

Dish Anywhere app delivers content on the go, Sling video feed from Hopper DVR (hands-on)

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Dish is further reinforcing its promise to deliver content even when you're not in front of the TV. The new Dish Anywhere app is your portal for live streaming, powered by Sling, along with on-demand content direct from the web. As one of three apps designed specifically with Hopper...
Dish Anywhere app delivers content on the go, Sling video feed from Hopper DVR (hands-on)

Better late than never, as bidding begins in UK 4G spectrum auction

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And they’re off! Bidding has begun in a major UK spectrum auction, the result of which will be a more competitive rollout of 4G mobile broadband across the country starting around the middle of this year. So far, the only major player to begin such a deployment has been EE,...
Better late than never, as bidding begins in UK 4G spectrum auction

Econ 101: Competition lowers broadband costs

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The cost of local access to the Internet is disproportionately higher than the cost of sending the same bits over long haul networks, but the price difference is far from random. A study of access prices on long haul and local transit found that the technology used and local competition...
Econ 101: Competition lowers broadband costs

The Gathering 2012 to bring world's fastest internet to Norway, leave Swedish laundry out to dry

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Dreamhack's record breaking 120Gbps connection was fast enough to replace a certain household appliance, but next to what's Norway's cooking up it looks almost antiquated. The Gathering, Norway's annual week-long LAN party, plans to set a new world record for the "fastest internet access in the universe" with a...
The Gathering 2012 to bring world's fastest internet to Norway, leave Swedish laundry out to dry

This Tumblr says what everyone is thinking: I don't want to download your app

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Apps are huge and everyone knows it — Apple alone is about to pass 50 billion app downloads. Unfortunately, there’s a flaw in the “app for everything” ideology: now every single website these days wants to be an app. This is a bad because… Not everything needs to be an app If...
This Tumblr says what everyone is thinking: I don't want to download your app

Toshiba to launch TVs with DivX Plus Streaming certification

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Just in case you didn't have enough content options from the likes of Roku and your cable set top box, Toshiba has partnered with Rovi to integrate the DivX Plus Streaming codec into a new line of TVs. The streaming format promises enhanced multimedia controls like multi-language subtitles, resume...
Toshiba to launch TVs with DivX Plus Streaming certification
BII REPORT: Why Mobile Video Is Set To Explode

T-Mobile Launching New Mobile Broadband Plans For Contract Haters On May 20

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T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm noted during their last earning call that their prepaid users helped make up for the loss of 510,000 postpaid subscribers, and now it seems that they’ve got another bone to throw to the their legions of contract-averse customers. Starting on May 20, T-Mobile will be rolling...
T-Mobile Launching New Mobile Broadband Plans For Contract Haters On May 20
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AT&T says tiered data pricing inevitable, not rushing towards 4G

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Apple's exclusive iPhone carrier AT&T Wireless says it plans to eventually charge bandwidth-heavy users more for their data plans than those customers who use its network more sparingly, but added that it's in no rush to roll out its next-generation technology....
AT&T says tiered data pricing inevitable, not rushing towards 4G

Daily Report: Hotels, Airports and Airlines Struggle With Demand for Wi-Fi

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More business travelers are streaming movies to their tablets and hosting meetings on their laptops, putting a strain on airlines and travel venues that try to keep up with the craving for bandwidth....
Daily Report: Hotels, Airports and Airlines Struggle With Demand for Wi-Fi
Ustream's Broadcast For Friends App Adds Support For Facebook Open Graph And Posting To Fan Pages

FCC proposal hopes to grow WiFi spectrum by 35 percent, reduce hotspot congestion

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Sick of overloaded public WiFi? So is the FCC. Back at CES FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said we were heading for a WiFi "traffic jam," and promised to work with Government agencies to score public networks a little extra spectrum. In an effort to make good on the pledge,...
FCC proposal hopes to grow WiFi spectrum by 35 percent, reduce hotspot congestion

Britain's 4G Auction Misses Mark

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The U.K.'s long-awaited auction of superfast mobile bandwidth raised $3.61 billion, considerably less than expected....
Britain's 4G Auction Misses Mark

Surprise! Walmart's unlimited iPhone 5 data plan not so unlimited

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When Walmart announced earlier this month that it would begin selling the iPhone 5 with a surprisingly affordable $45-per-month, unlimited everything plan, there was much rejoicing. After all, you could never get away with paying that little per month for such attractive benefits—particularly, unlimited data—on a contract through AT&T...
Surprise! Walmart's unlimited iPhone 5 data plan not so unlimited

AT&T responds to FaceTime concerns, will restrict usage because it's a pre-installed app

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Having come under fire with the announcement that only customers signed up to one of its Mobile Share plans can utilise Apple’s FaceTime service over a cellular connection, US operator AT&T has taken the legal approach to explain its decision to customers, stating that because the app is preloaded, it...
AT&T responds to FaceTime concerns, will restrict usage because it's a pre-installed app
Gogo in-flight internet reaches 9.8Mbps speed on United p.s. flights in 2013
Google doesn’t plan to leave iOS users without a fight
Blip to publishers: we're going to monetize your videos, whether you like it or not

The Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 10:15AM ET at MWC 2013!

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We would say it's been an absolutely epic and crazy Mobile World Congress, but we'd be lying. Instead, we'll talk to you about what we saw, felt and heard -- some of it good, and some just outright disgusting. There's a span of two weeks to cover, so it...
The Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 10:15AM ET at MWC 2013!
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