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The tradeoffs between piracy and privacy are being fought on three continents as we speak. This issue puts the rights of citizens (specifically, the right to privacy) against the rights of copyright holders (specifically, the right to protect their intellectual property). Where will it end? Peer-to-peer distribution (i.e. BitTorrent) is becoming less economical due ...

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Amazon has become the first of the big firms to launch a cloud based digital locker for music (and video), amid continuous rumors that both Google and Apple are working on something similar. The whole locker concept is still up in the air because nobody really knows how its licensing dimension will eventually pan out ...

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The Femto Forum has finally published a set of APIs, which can be used by third party software developers to build services and applications for femtocells. The idea is to have applications access a mobile's location and presence information while it is in a femtozone. This information can then be used to trigger services ...

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Today Baidu announced it was also going to get into the mobile handset OS market. As a number of commentators have mentioned, it is a space that is getting pretty crowded (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7, webOS from HP). And that is leaving out the cluster of Linux-based mobile OSes such as LiMo, Ophone (China ...

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The AT&T T-Mobile merger worth $39 billion ...

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So AT&T and DT dropped the bomb yesterday, messing up lots of people’s weekends, the question I asked my self was – is this deal good for consumers?

The answer is yes and no.
YES! It is most likely a good thing for current AT&T mobile customers, as network coverage and quality should improve with ...

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Deutsche Telekom’s management has had two widely-reported headaches over the past two to three years: the T-Mobile businesses in US and UK. The UK dilemma was resolved about 18 months ago by a merger with Orange, and now the group seems finally have found a dance partner for T-Mobile USA as well. The fact that ...

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Like many Americans, I watched the tragic events in Japan unfold over the past week with a mixture of fear, morbid fascination and a desire to reach out and help. You might have noticed the impact the events have had on the global markets, which I find to be an unfortunate, knee-jerk reaction that could ...

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Ikanos today announced their new Fusiv line of communications processors featuring G.vector (ITU G.993.5) extensions for DSL modems. G.vector extensions provide MIMO capabilities to existing DSL modems, and are expected to provide up to 100 Mbps (at least in lab conditions). Higher datarates (up to 300 Mbps) can be achieved with ...

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Today’s Financial Times has a story with a mildly misleading but at the same time revealing title: “Regulator demands steep cut in mobile revenues”. This is misleading in the sense that dictating mobile carriers’ revenues is hardly what telecoms regulators are meant to do, but also very revealing because this is what ...

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