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US mobile growth starts to stagnate

Web Inventor Berners-Lee Warns The Powers That Be Are 'Trying To Take Control' Of The Internet

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Companies and governments "trying to take control of the internet" are undermining the founding principles of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned. The inventor of the World Wide Web said the internet is facing a "major" threat from "people who want to control it on the sly" through "worrying...
Web Inventor Berners-Lee Warns The Powers That Be Are 'Trying To Take Control' Of The Internet

BlackBerry Unveils Cheaper Plan in India

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BlackBerry on Tuesday introduced a cheaper entry-level subscription plan in India for its communications services in a bid to increase its share in a price-sensitive and hyper-competitive smartphone market....
BlackBerry Unveils Cheaper Plan in India

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter And Yahoo Refuse To Cooperate With UK's 'Snooper's Charter'

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A month ago, we wrote about how the UK's infamous "Snooper's Charter" had been scuppered by Nick Clegg, the UK's Deputy Prime Minister. The Guardian now reveals that top Internet companies may have played a key role in this decision: The five biggest internet companies in the world, including...
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter And Yahoo Refuse To Cooperate With UK's 'Snooper's Charter'

After Sandy, communications slowly improve

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Some wireless and wired communications services downed by Hurricane Sandy have been restored over the past 24 hours, but FCC officials said Wednesday afternoon that several serious outages remain in New York, New Jersey and some other hard hit areas....
After Sandy, communications slowly improve

Skype rolls out direct carrier billing for call credit in Russia, with a US and Canada launch 'soon'

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Skype users in Russia can now buy additional credit for making calls worldwide using their mobile phone, thanks to a direct operator billing service being offered by Mach. Users can now buy Skype Credit at any time through a browser-based transaction which the firm describes as “secure, seamless and convenient.” The...
Skype rolls out direct carrier billing for call credit in Russia, with a US and Canada launch 'soon'

FCC might make carriers say how well they performed in disasters

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission may seek to make carriers reveal how well their networks withstood major natural disasters so that consumers can compare rival providers. That will be one topic on the agenda at a series of hearings that the agency plans next year on responses to disasters...
FCC might make carriers say how well they performed in disasters

Voice is a killer app, but not all carriers will kill to control it

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As controversy over AT&T placing restrictions on FaceTime over cellular demonstrates, carriers are still the gatekeepers when it comes to over-the-top communications services. The possibility of getting blocked by carriers is a real possibility if you’re an OTT player, said Rob Williams, CEO and founder of Sidecar, a new VoIP...
Voice is a killer app, but not all carriers will kill to control it

Hold the phone: Google isn't hanging up on Voice in Hangouts after all

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Although last week’s Google I/O event overflowed with new feature debuts, I noted on Thursday that one key Google service was absent: Google Voice. Instead we heard about Google’s new Hangouts app, a unified messaging service for the web, Android and iOS devices. Hangouts has taken the place of Google Talk,...
Hold the phone: Google isn't hanging up on Voice in Hangouts after all

TeliaSonera cuts 2,000 jobs as mobile market stagnates

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Bad news from Europe to kick off the fall earnings season: TeliaSonera revealed on Wednesday it will layoff 2,000 employees, about 7 percent of its workforce, over the next two years. The Finnish-Swedish mobile operator is attempting to “simplify” its operations in response to sluggish growth across Europe. TeliaSonera is...
TeliaSonera cuts 2,000 jobs as mobile market stagnates

Op-ed: Where Free Press got it wrong on the new broadband "tax"

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Joan Engebretson is a journalist who has been reporting on the telecom industry for almost 20 years. She is currently executive editor of Telecompetitor, where this piece originally appeared. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent those of Ars Technica.I don’t always agree with the Free Press, but even...
Op-ed: Where Free Press got it wrong on the new broadband "tax"
How Orange hopes to benefit from a future of free calls and messaging

Yahoo confirms it will leave South Korea by the end of the year

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Yahoo is to exit South Korea after the US media giant officially announced that it will shutter its business in the Asian country by the end of the year as part of its continued restructuring – confirming rumors published by Reuters this morning, Asia time. “This decision is part of our...
Yahoo confirms it will leave South Korea by the end of the year

With 90M users, Viber adds group messaging

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If you want to know why over-the-top communications services are giving cellular operators such heart burn, just check out VoIP and messaging app Viber. The app, available on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, has become a popular way for people to make free phone calls and send messages to...
With 90M users, Viber adds group messaging

MetroPCS widens Rich Communications Services to all North American carriers

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There's been a degree of irony to MetroPCS' support for for Rich Communication Services when it's been limited to the one carrier's network in the US -- where's that universal chat and sharing we were promised? The carrier plans to live up to those lofty expectations with word that...
MetroPCS widens Rich Communications Services to all North American carriers

Line Adds French & Brazilian Portuguese Versions Of Its Messaging Apps To Target South America

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Line, the messaging-app-cum-social network that started in Asia but has spread beyond its home turf to amass more than 100 million users globally, has just added French and Brazilian Portuguese versions of its Android and iOS apps as it looks to continue ramping up its global user-base. It already offers Spanish...
Line Adds French & Brazilian Portuguese Versions Of Its Messaging Apps To Target South America

j2 Global buys tech media company Ziff Davis for $167 million in cash

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Well, well, well. It turns out Ziff Davis will live on to die another day. The technology media company has been acquired by j2 Global, a business cloud services provider, for roughly $167 million in cash on hand. Ziff Davis’ portfolio includes properties like PCMag.com, Geek.com, Toolbox.com, ComputerShopper and ExtremeTech....
j2 Global buys tech media company Ziff Davis for $167 million in cash

Microsoft Announces Skype And Lync Interoperability With IM & Audio To Start, Video Soon

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Microsoft announced today that two of its big-name communications services – consumer-facing Skype and enterprise-ready Lync – will now interoperate, meaning users can access their Lync contacts via Skype and vice versa, and then message them or place an audio call. Support for video calling and other features, as well...
Microsoft Announces Skype And Lync Interoperability With IM & Audio To Start, Video Soon

Google strikes back at BT with patent lawsuit

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Google filed a patent infringement lawsuit against BT Group companies in a court in the U.S. stating it was defending itself against the British communications services company's own "meritless patent claims" and its arming of patent trolls....
Google strikes back at BT with patent lawsuit
Vodafone leads $8.3M investment in Jibe Mobile

One-Click VoIP Startup Zingaya Embraces WebRTC As It Passes The 1M Minutes-Per-Month Mark

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Zingaya, the startup the offers companies the ability to add one-click voice and video services into their websites and apps, today is announcing that its click-to-call widget is available on WebRTC on the newest version of Chrome. The news comes at the same time that Zingaya has passed a couple of...
One-Click VoIP Startup Zingaya Embraces WebRTC As It Passes The 1M Minutes-Per-Month Mark

Op-ed: Taxing broadband--an idea whose time has not come

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S. Derek Turner is the research director of Free Press, a nonpartisan organization advocating for universal and affordable Internet access, diverse media ownership, vibrant public media, and quality journalism. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent those of Ars Technica.Don’t like the thought of sending even more of your...
Op-ed: Taxing broadband--an idea whose time has not come

Deutsche Telekom activates Joyn for richer communications

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Deutsche Telekom has adopted Joyn with immediate effect, allowing its mobile customers in Germany to use the platform to message, share files and videos and even play basic multiplayer games while talking to each other. Joyn (technically known as Rich Communications Services or RCS) is an industry-wide initiative designed to...
Deutsche Telekom activates Joyn for richer communications

In a world of FaceTime and Kik, what happens to the phone number?

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With AT&T’s news earlier this month that it wants to get our of the old-school telephone business and transition to an all-IP network, we’re at a watershed moment in telecommunications. But for the millions out there who can’t tell circuit-switched voice from voice over the Internet (VoIP) one of the...
In a world of FaceTime and Kik, what happens to the phone number?

MetroPCS partners with Jibe Mobile on Rich Communication Services for its North American subscribers

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Today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, MetroPCS Communications and global communications cloud company Jibe Mobile announced that the two would be partnering in order to help bring Rich Communications Services (RCS) to MetroPCS’s North American subscribers. Powered by Jibe’s Global Communications Cloud, subscribers will be able to...
MetroPCS partners with Jibe Mobile on Rich Communication Services for its North American subscribers
Yahoo to close Korean operations by end of 2012

Hurricane Sandy disrupts wireless and Internet services

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High winds and storm surge flooding have disrupted wireless, Internet and other communications services for many in Hurricane Sandy's path. [Read more]...
Hurricane Sandy disrupts wireless and Internet services

Gogo grabs 1MHz spectrum from JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV, beefs up in-flight bandwidth

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In-flight internet provider Gogo's been increasing its domestic presence of late, so it makes sense for the company to snag some additional spectrum as well. Its new wireless license is for a chunk of 1 MHz spectrum that Gogo got from Live TV, the subsidiary of JetBlue that handles...
Gogo grabs 1MHz spectrum from JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV, beefs up in-flight bandwidth
Sign petition to stop AT&T from blocking FaceTime
UberConference-maker Firespotter Labs scores $15M from Andreessen Horowitz, others
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