Archive for April, 2012

Prepaid Data from Walmart/Alltel/US Cellular

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2012

U.S. Cellular and Alltel Wireless have joined with Wallmart to offer a no contract wireless service, in select Walmart Stores across 18 states beginning in May. The alliance, said to be the first of its kind in the industry, offers customers flexible payment options without signing a contract. “Teaming with Alltel to gain distribution in […]

Samsung and LG Announce Cloud Services

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2012

Just before Samsung launches its cloud service, Korea’s other technology giant has unveiled LG Cloud. LG’s cloud service offers 5GB free space as standard, while owners of LG’s Smart TVs or smartphones will get 50GB free for six months. LG’s cloud service allows users to upload their content to the company’s servers and stream it […]

Digital Public Library of America

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2012

Google’s ambitious book-scanning program is foundering in the courts, says Technology Review. Now a Harvard-led group is launching its own sweeping effort to put our literary heritage online, called Digital Public Library of America In 2002, the Google cofounder decided that it was time for his young company to scan all the world’s books into […]

Microsoft Buys B&N’s Nook Business

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2012

Microsoft is making a $300 million investment in a new subsidiary of Barnes & Noble that will include all of its Nook business as well as its educational College business, valuing the company at $1.7 billion in exchange for around 17.6 percent equity in the subsidiary, reports Tech Crunch. Barnes & Noble will own approximately […]

Falcone On The Way Out?

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2012

Hedge fund manager Philip Falcone is expected to eventually step aside as the public face of LightSquared in an effort to keep the foundering wireless broadband effort from defaulting on debt, The Wall Street Journal reports. UPDATE: CNN reports Philip Falcone, founder of hedge fund Harbinger Capital Management, told investors Monday that he would soon […]

FCC Kills Narrowbanding Deadline

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 27th, 2012

Public-safety radio networks, operating on the T-Band (470–512 MHz), will not be subject to the narrowbanding deadline at the end of the year, the FCC stated in a public notice released yesterday. The FCC narrowbanding rules had many state agencies worried. Expensive, state-wide, public safety radio networks, used by state police, highway departments and other […]