A few years ago, markets for trading pollution rights were lauded by U.S. politicians of all political persuasions. No longer.
FORTUNE -- The idea of setting a firm limit on carbon dioxide emissions but letting the market decide who should do the allowable amount of polluting is an environmental policy that seems to have a little something for everyone. Lefties like the hard limits. Righties like the flexible markets, or at MOREScott Woolley - Apr 5, 2011 10:13 AM ET
Green industries of the 21st century could spring from unlikely sources -- just ask software billionaire Tom Siebel.
FORTUNE -- Bright ideas about how to help the environment and in the process make a few bucks -- or perhaps even a few billion bucks -- abound. But which of them could actually work?
Might it be billionaire Tom Siebel's new venture, the mysteriously-named C3, which aims to use clever software to radically improve MOREScott Woolley - Apr 4, 2011 10:20 AM ET
The AT&T/T-Mobile mega-merger was supposed to be too big for regulators to ever accept. Then came the wild success of industry upstart MetroPCS.
Among the many people who mistakenly dismissed the idea of AT&T (T) buying out T-Mobile as a never-gonna-happen, count T-Mobile's very own top executives. How else to explain their snarky ad campaign that razzed AT&T for running an old, slow and unreliable network?
How so many well-informed people got MOREScott Woolley - Mar 22, 2011 1:24 PM ET
T-Mobile and AT&T say they won't have to raise rates to make more money after the merger, but it's hard to see how they could resist.
At a recent investor conference, T-Mobile's top executives made a point of belittling data plans for smartphone users offered by rivals AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ). T-Mobile's entry-level data plan costs $10, they pointed out, while AT&T demands 50% more for the same 200 megabyte-a-month MOREScott Woolley - Mar 21, 2011 8:26 AM ET
In acquiring Beluga, Mark Zuckerberg has set Facebook's sights on cell companies' most overpriced service: text messaging.
Under the cell phone industry's peculiar pricing system, downloading data to your smartphone is amazingly cheap—unless the data in question happens to be a text message. In that case the price of a download jumps roughly 50,000-fold, from just a few pennies per megabyte of data to a whopping $1000 or so per megabyte.
In that giant MOREScott Woolley - Mar 4, 2011 10:50 AM ET
Peter Santos, the CEO of Audience Inc., says high-definition cellular service is about to take off.
Peter Santos comes across as a pretty mild-mannered executive, until he starts trying to come up with a metaphor for how crummy today's cellular phones sound relative to how good he knows they could sound. "What we have in voice today is a 13-inch black-and-white TV set. We have an opportunity to have a 60-inch MOREScott Woolley - Feb 22, 2011 2:00 PM ET
Here's an early look at how the Mubarak government managed to sever the country from the Internet.
To judge the Eygptian government's success at cutting off its rioting citizens from the global Internet, just glance at this graph of the traffic that Akamai (AKAM) sends into the country:
Another Internet observer, a company called Renesys that specializes in monitoring the Internet, witnessed a similar thing. That company says that as of today MOREScott Woolley - Jan 28, 2011 3:33 PM ET
Struggling financier Phil Falcone hopes to build a new $8 billion "4G" network that could speed up wireless service for everyone. Thanks to the big gift of airwaves the FCC just handed him, he might just pull it off.
Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) value their airwave licenses at a stunning $122 billion, so its no wonder they pitched a fit last year when financier Phil Falcone asked the Federal MOREScott Woolley - Jan 27, 2011 1:40 PM ET
AT&T, Verizon and Sprint all say their data network is the best. Which one is right?
The conflicting ads are everywhere. AT&T (T) claims to have "the nation's fastest mobile broadband network." Verizon (VZ) Wireless says it has the "best network." And Sprint Nextel (S) brags that its early rollout of "4G" technology gives it "industry-leading mobile data services."
In fact, there's not a lot of real-world difference between the three, according MOREScott Woolley - Jan 25, 2011 10:01 AM ET
New research ranks the countries with the fastest Internet connections, and all 50 U.S. states too.
The speed at which people around the world connect to the Internet is climbing at a 14% annual clip and now averages nearly 2 megabits per second, according Akamai's "State of the Internet" report that is due out tomorrow.
There remain huge variations around that average speed. South Koreans hook into the Internet at 14 MOREScott Woolley - Jan 23, 2011 6:00 AM ET
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