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Archive for April, 2013

Wheeler: Inside Track for FCC Boss?

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2013

President Barack Obama is expected to soon nominate a former top lobbyist for the cable and wireless industries to lead the Federal Communications Commission, reports the Wall Street Journal. Tom Wheeler, a venture capitalist and longtime industry operative, will be tapped to lead the agency that governs the nation’s scarce wireless airwaves and regulates telephone […]

Wavii in Gravey (with Google)

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2013

Wavii confirmed today that it’s being sold to Google, a deal that was first reported Wednesday by TechCrunch. That report said Google paid more than $30 million and Wavii’s 25-person team will relocate to the San Francisco area. Wavii’s service, according to CrunchBase, uses natural language processing to generate status updates on news topics. The […]

WildPackets Moves to 802.11ac

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2013

WildPackets, a leading provider of network and application performance analysis solutions, today announced a wireless network analysis solution to operate on the most current 802.11 standards, including 802.11ac. Wildpackets says its Omni Distributed Analysis Platform 7.5, a packet analyzer, is the first to add support for 802.11ac access points. 802.11ac provides high-throughput WiFi on the […]

Jawbone Buys BodyMedia

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2013

Jawbone is acquiring BodyMedia to further its leadership in wearable health technology. Jawbone has a line of Bluetooth mobile phone headsets while their $130 Jawbone Up wristband tracks activity levels and sleep patterns. The devices work with a compatible mobile app for Android and iOS. Jawbone can log food consumption — but it lacks some […]

Softbank CEO: No Need to Raise Sprint Offer

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2013

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said at a press conference in Tokyo (pdf presentation), that Softbank does not see a need to raise its $20 million offer, and it is a better option than Dish’s $25 million offer. Son said that when Sprint shareholders consider regulatory delays, breakup fees, transaction costs and synergy effects, SoftBank’s offer […]

Can eBooks Compete with Apps?

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 29th, 2013

Laura Hazard Owen in Paid Content says she started keeping a diary 15 years ago, before Twitter and Facebook. In a digital era, personal journal-keeping has changed — but those who privately chronicle their lives still find the practice useful. On July 8, 1997, a few days after my thirteenth birthday, I sat down at […]