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AT&T/T-Mobile merger finds more support in the states

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Even as the federal government continues to weigh ATT’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile, the deal continues to win support at the state level. Yesterday, the Louisiana Public Service Commission approved the deal

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Is AT&T considering throttling heavy data users?

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ATT may be looking at new ways to control data hogs on its wireless network. The company is rumored to be considering throttling super-heavy data users and restricting them to slower speeds in an

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Microsoft’s Web map exposes phone, PC locations

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caption: Examples of HTC device locations that CNET extracted from Microsoft’s Live.com location database. (Credit: Declan McCullagh/CNET) Microsoft has collected the locations of millions of laptops, cell phones, and other Wi-Fi devices around the

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Twelve organizations say VP8 infringes patents

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Twelve organizations have concluded that Google’s VP8 video encoding technology violates their patents, according to a group called MPEG LA that’s considering offering a license to those patents. “Patents owned by 12 different patent

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Ask Maggie: On Amtrak Wi-Fi and Droid Bionic

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Internet access on the go for business travelers is like water to a fish; it’s a necessity. So it’s not surprising that thousands of passengers who travel up and down the Northeast corridor on

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Is Net neutrality blocking FCC spectrum auctions?

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What’s keeping Congress from authorizing the FCC to auction off underutilized television spectrum badly needed for mobile broadband? The answer, strangely enough, is Net neutrality–specifically, the FCC’s “Open Internet” rules passed at the end

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GM dealerships plug into solar canopies

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Twenty four GM dealerships have signed on to install solar canopies which will supplement their electricity use. (Credit: GM) Solar power is coming to General Motors dealerships in an initiative to highlight GM’s plug-in

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Spotify hit with patent-infringement lawsuit

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Spotify has only been operating in the U.S. for a couple weeks, but already it’s being sued for patent infringement. Earlier this week, PacketVideo, a company that develops software to help users wirelessly listen

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iPhone shipments up 142 percent, outpacing rivals

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Though still in fourth place among the top five mobile phone players, Apple outshined its global rivals in the second quarter with higher shipment growth and a surge in market share, according to IDC’s

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Microsoft ribs Google’s ad tech with ‘Gmail Man’

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Microsoft’s “Gmail Man” parody. (Credit: YouTube/Microsoft) The day after Google launched its site dedicated to helping to convert non-Gmail users with tongue-in-cheek “interventions,” a Microsoft video has surfaced taking jabs at Google’s mail service

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Super soundproofing is all about little balls

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Ever wish you could crank your home theater system so the explosions in Michael Bay’s movies rock you out of your chair but don’t put you out of favor with the neighbors? How about

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Tequila mooted as eco-friendly biofuel

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(Credit: Crave UK) We’ve always been told that driving and alcohol don’t mix, but there’s now a distinct possibility we could all be driving around tanked up on tequila, according to the usually very

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McNamee’s ‘Beyond Social’ talk (photos)

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At the Always On Silicon Valley Innovation Summit today in Santa Clara, Calif., investor Roger McNamee gave a talk spelling out how mobile will win–and Google will lose. His speech was at turns hyperbolic

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Roger McNamee: Apps will rescue Web from Google

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McNamee’s ‘Beyond Social’ talk (photos) View the full gallery SANTA CLARA, Calif.–Roger McNamee is a thoughtful and accomplished investor. He is also prone to hyperbole. As an investor in Palm, he famously said, “June

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Google experiments with Hotel Finder search tool

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Google has been ramping up its transportation search features for desktop and mobile, but now it is shifting into full on travel mode with its Hotel Finder experiment. The Next Web reports that the

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Hacker of Apple iPad-AT&T site reportedly in plea talks

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(Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET) A hacker accused of breaking into an ATT Web site and stealing data of iPad users is negotiating a plea agreement a month after an alleged co-conspirator pleaded guilty, Reuters reported

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AT&T-T-Mobile merger finds more support in the states

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Even as the federal government continues to weigh ATT’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile, the deal continues to win support at the state level. Yesterday, the Louisiana Public Service Commission approved the deal

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Swarm robots form landing pad for quadrotor

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(Credit: www.tedmacdonald.com) I love swarm robots, especially when they pull off tricks that you can easily imagine a robot army doing. Researchers at the Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab have been having fun

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Fugitive allegedly dares cops on Facebook, gets nabbed

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I know that when you hear this story, some of you will ask yourselves: “Why didn’t he do it on Google+?” Still, these troubling events occurred on Facebook, currently the most stickily social network.

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RIAA chief Bainwol in talks for auto industry post

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Mitch Bainwol, CEO and chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), is in advanced talks to head up an auto-industry trade group, CNET learned this evening. File photo of RIAA CEO Mitch

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