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How T-Mobile’s roaming data caps would affect you

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Tmo News has it that T-Mobile is about to restrict roaming data usage to cut down on the amount of packets its customers consume when off the carrier’s networks. If true, the new restrictions could affect a lot of T-Mobile’s customers, though the size of the impact on each customer...
How T-Mobile’s roaming data caps would affect you

FreedomPop goes national with a Sprint-powered mobile hotspot

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FreedomPop has made national headlines for its “freemium” take on mobile broadband service, but it’s never been able to offer a nationwide service. The reason is it’s always been dependent on Clearwire’s WiMAX network to connect its customers, and Clearwire only offers that connectivity to about a third of the...
FreedomPop goes national with a Sprint-powered mobile hotspot

With the big cities covered, AT&T starts filling in its LTE gaps

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AT&T has arrived at the same comfortable point in its LTE rollout that Verizon Wireless hit about this time last year. It’s now built out the 4G network in 261 markets, blanketing 200 million people. That means all of the major and mid-sized cities are covered, and Ma Bell can...
With the big cities covered, AT&T starts filling in its LTE gaps

US Cellular to spread its LTE wings to 87 percent of customers by year's end

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While it's only the nation's eighth largest carrier, US Cellular is said to be well on its way to covering 87 percent of its customer base -- that's more than 3,800 additional cities and towns -- with the sweet speed of LTE by the end of 2013. In a...
US Cellular to spread its LTE wings to 87 percent of customers by year's end

Topeka (Sorta) Changes Its Name To Google, In Blatant Suck Up For Fiber

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With Google's announcement that it plans to roll out super fast fiber to the home services in a few small locations, there are plenty of cities and towns hoping to be among the lucky few. But who knew it was a contest? Apparently the folks in Topeka, Kansas think that...
Topeka (Sorta) Changes Its Name To Google, In Blatant Suck Up For Fiber

EU Wants Google Street View Curbed

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European regulators, in the latest chapter of an ongoing privacy battle with Google, have told the company that it needs to warn people when its Street View cameras are going to be filming them, and to shorten the length of time that it keeps the images generated by the...
EU Wants Google Street View Curbed

Sprint’s Direct Connect now works on 2G, tripling its coverage

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Sprint CDMA coverage: the dark green represent Sprint’s 3G networks Sprint wants its Nextel customers to move to its CDMA network so it can hasten the inevitable retirement of its old iDEN systems. To coax customers over, Sprint is offering them three times the coverage they currently get with their Nextel...
Sprint’s Direct Connect now works on 2G, tripling its coverage
Nextdoor, the social network for neighbors, raises $18.6 million to help Americans stop bowling alone

Swipely raises $12m Series B to roll-out its mobile payments platform across the US

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Swipely, a point-of-sale payments platform that lets consumers pay with their smartphone, has raised a $12 million Series B round of funding to help expand its network of merchants and promote adoption across the United States. Shasta Ventures led the round and was joined by existing investors First Round Capital,...
Swipely raises $12m Series B to roll-out its mobile payments platform across the US

UK's 4G auction gets under way, as seven bidders compete for 28 lots of mobile spectrum

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Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, today announced that it has opened bidding for the mobile spectrum auction in the UK, allowing seven pre-confirmed parties to begin submitting bids for 28 lots of two LTE bands ahead of a late spring/early summer launch. As announced previously, the auction will be contested...
UK's 4G auction gets under way, as seven bidders compete for 28 lots of mobile spectrum

Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

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Readers react to a proposal for a longer school year and day.    ...
Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

Easy Online Tools To Get ZIP Code Information And Borders

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No matter how much a computer geek would prefer otherwise, we still have to use the US Postal Mail service to get things done for certain things, particularly when it comes to signed documents, physical receipt of delivery and so on. As good as email is, its status as...
Easy Online Tools To Get ZIP Code Information And Borders

How T-Mobile’s roaming data caps would affect you

gigaom.com
Tmo News has it that T-Mobile is about to restrict roaming data usage to cut down on the amount of packets its customers consume when off the carrier’s networks. If true, the new restrictions could affect a lot of T-Mobile’s customers, though the size of the impact on each customer...
How T-Mobile’s roaming data caps would affect you
Google Needs To Bring Emerging Markets Online To Grow Its Business Opportunities In the Next 10 years

Aereo CEO: Our cheap TV wouldn't exist without cloud computing

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The legal controversy surrounding TV-on-the-go service AEREO is interesting — but not nearly as much as the blend of technology that gave rise to the company in the first place. Aereo is a service that lets people watch live TV anywhere they go by renting them a personal antenna that beams shows...
Aereo CEO: Our cheap TV wouldn't exist without cloud computing

Google Map Maker gets an Activity Stream to keep users informed of changes in their neighborhood

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Google’s maps team today announced a minor but significant update to its Google Map Maker product: a new Activity Stream. Think of it like the Facebook News Feed or the Google+ stream just for Map Maker: it keeps you informed of changes to your neighborhood. The new Map Maker Activity...
Google Map Maker gets an Activity Stream to keep users informed of changes in their neighborhood

Verizon: 35% of data traffic now rides over LTE

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Though only 12 percent of Verizon’s contract customers have an LTE device, that 12 percent is consuming vast quantities of data. Speaking at CTIA’s MobileCon in San Diego, Verizon Wireless CTO Nicola Palmer said that 35 percent of all of the carrier’s mobile data traffic now traverses the not-yet-2-year-old 4G...
Verizon: 35% of data traffic now rides over LTE

The Final Tally: More Than 1100 Cities Apply For Google’s Fiber Network

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Yesterday, Google product manager posted a blog post stating that 600 communities applied to be a guinea pig for the search giants experimental fiber network. And 190,000 individuals wrote letters of support for their communities to be chosen. But the post was written with 5 hours until the deadline,...
The Final Tally: More Than 1100 Cities Apply For Google’s Fiber Network

Google Street View is Coming to Colombia

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Google Street View’s cars have started to navigate through the streets and roads of Colombia, Google announced today on its corporate blog for Latin America. The company didn’t detail the locations its vehicles will be visiting, only mentioning “several cities and towns.” While the Street View functionality is already available on...
Google Street View is Coming to Colombia

911 tech that locates cell phone users in buildings ready to go

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The Federal Communications Commission today authorized the maker of an enhanced 911 technology to begin commercial operations despite claims that the system will interfere with wireless Internet Service Providers and smart grid applications. A company called NextNav and its subsidiary, Progeny, makes a system designed to more accurately locate...
911 tech that locates cell phone users in buildings ready to go
Look out below: EFF wants info on your local police's aerial drones
Google.org Donates A Total Of $3.7M To Spark Civic Innovation Using Technology

Verizon begins filling the gaps in its LTE network

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Verizon Wireless plans to launch 27 new LTE markets on Thursday and has been expanding its mobile broadband footprint in cities where it already offers 4G services. All of that activity won’t amount to much when it comes to new people covered – roughly 9 million people over the 200...
Verizon begins filling the gaps in its LTE network

Worldreader and FC Barcelona team up to send one million e-books to sub-Saharan Africa

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Worldreader, the non-profit company that hopes to increase literacy through the distribution of digital books to children has kicked off a campaign with support from FC Barcelona (Barça) asking people to help to send one million e-books to students in sub-Saharan Africa. Many countries in this part of the continent suffer with...
Worldreader and FC Barcelona team up to send one million e-books to sub-Saharan Africa
Sprint's stock has outperformed Apple and Google this year
US Cellular plans LTE for 50 percent of existing customers by 2013

EU Says Google Street View Violates Privacy

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upto0013 notes the latest spot of trouble for Google in Europe: the EU says that Google's Street View images violate privacy laws. The EU's privacy watchdog asked Google to notify cities and towns before photographing (Google says it does this already) and to delete original photos after 6 months (Google...
EU Says Google Street View Violates Privacy

Shazam redesigns its iPad app with television-tagging in mind

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Auto-tagging feature runs in the background to identify shows, ads and music on the second screenMobile firm Shazam has revamped and relaunched its iPad app, with a new feature that automatically identifies TV shows, advertisements and music, rather than waiting for people to manually tag them.The app also sports a...
Shazam redesigns its iPad app with television-tagging in mind

Rain - preview

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Sony Japan's haunting adventure combines early survival horror with PlayStation 2 classic Ico, to promising effectEveryone will think of Ico. As the hero of Rain trudges through the bleak shadowy city, his shoulders hunched against the cold and the night; and as the girl he is searching for is glimpsed...
Rain - preview

Sprint LTE goes live in Baltimore, WiMAX's birthplace

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Sprint’s LTE rollout isn’t exactly barreling ahead, but on Wednesday it did launch LTE in its sixth major market: Baltimore, a city with a certain degree of symbolism. Three years and 11 months ago, Sprint launched the country’s first commercial mobile WiMAX service, Xohm, in Baltimore, setting off the 4G...
Sprint LTE goes live in Baltimore, WiMAX's birthplace
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