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  • Yahoo launches new mobile services

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    LAS VEGAS — At a moment when Yahoo desperately needs to wow investors, the company unveiled a handful of enhancements to its mobile search service that are also being offered by rivals Google and Microsoft.

    The announcement, made Wednesday at the CTIA wireless show in Las Vegas, includes a new voice-enabled search function that allows consumers to look up restaurants and websites by speaking into the phone. This could MORE

    - Apr 2, 2008 2:23 PM ET
  • Microsoft hopes mobile update will help shed its all-business image

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    LAS VEGAS — While Apple's iPhone wants to attract business users, Microsoft is desperately trying to move away from its "all work and no play" image.

    On Tuesday the Redmond-based company unveiled an updated version of its mobile operating system that it hopes will make it more attractive to everyday consumers. Among the new "consumer-friendly" features on Windows Mobile 6.1 is easier navigation capabilities, an enhanced Internet Explorer mobile MORE

    - Apr 2, 2008 11:33 AM ET
  • CTIA wireless trade show kicks off in Las Vegas

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    LAS VEGAS -- The CTIA wireless trade show kicked off Tuesday morning with a slew of keynote speeches by Federal Communications Chairman Kevin Martin, Sprint (S) CEO Dan Hesse, Virgin Mobile founder Richard Branson and Robert Bach, president of Microsoft's (MSFT) entertainment and devices division.

    The Las Vegas-based wireless confab attracts more than 1,000 companies – including phone manufacturers, chip makers and mobile operators – and an estimated MORE

    - Apr 1, 2008 4:45 PM ET
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  • Microsoft willing to wait on Yahoo

    By Scott Moritz

    In the absence of a bidding war for Yahoo! (YHOO), Microsoft (MSFT) stands pat on its original $42 billion buyout offer.

    Seeing no reason to bid against itself, Microsoft looks willing to wait it out, according to a report Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal.

    The news comes two weeks after Yahoo argued that it deserved a higher bid in a 37-page presentation that highlighted strong cash flow projections, MORE

    - Apr 1, 2008 11:00 AM ET
  • AT&T launching mobile TV service, but who will watch?

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    America is known as a nation of TV watchers, but viewers have not embraced the small screen as enthusiastically as they have the big one in their living room.

    Just 4.6% of U.S. wireless customers have watched TV or videos on their cell phone, according to research firm M:Metrics. Verizon Wireless (VZ) has yet to release subscriber numbers for a mobile TV offering it launched last year, but Paul MORE

    - Mar 28, 2008 12:39 PM ET
  • Million of households unprepared for digital TV

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    Couch potatoes, listen up: If you're still using an analog TV, you might find static instead of "American Idol" on your screen come Feb. 18, 2009. That's when the Federal Communications Commission plans to end a half-century of analog broadcasting.

    This is the final step in switching to digital television broadcasting, which takes up less bandwidth and allows for high-definition pictures. With the government's auction of the old analog MORE

    - Mar 26, 2008 12:17 PM ET
  • Yahoo joins Google OpenSocial alliance

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    Yahoo has joined Google and MySpace to form the three musketeers of social media. The companies announced Tuesday they are starting the OpenSocial Foundation to create universally-accepted standards for social networking sites and applications.

    Yahoo's endorsement of Google's OpenSocial initiative comes two weeks after MySpace (NWS) opened its doors to developers using the OpenSocial standard. MySpace was the first social networking site to adopt OpenSocial.

    Yahoo (YHOO) did not MORE

    - Mar 25, 2008 4:27 PM ET
  • Yahoo shares rise on analyst report

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) rose 3% to $28.35 on Tuesday afternoon after Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney raised Yahoo's stock from "hold" to "buy."

    Mahaney, who has consistently said that a merger is likely, suggests that Microsoft raise its offer from $31 to $34 a share. "We believe buying Yahoo shares here provides an attractive return," he wrote. "We think the strategic value of Yahoo and Microsoft is very significant."

    Mahaney MORE

    - Mar 25, 2008 3:01 PM ET
  • YouTube looks for the money clip

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    Google's acquisition of ad server DoubleClick is supposed to help the search giant make a splash in the display advertising market. But it's YouTube that Google is hoping will make it a big player on Madison Avenue.

    "We're spending a lot of time on YouTube right now because that happens to be a clear objective and clear opportunity," said Tim Armstrong, Google's president of advertising at a recent Bear MORE

    - Mar 25, 2008 10:45 AM ET
  • Google wants more airwaves for broadband

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    The wireless spectrum auction ended last week but Google is not done lobbying the Federal Communications Commission.

    On Monday the company sent a letter to the FCC outlining what it would like to do with so-called "white space" -- airwaves found between broadcast channels that will become available when television switches from analog to digital early next year. Unlike the five blocks of spectrum recently up for MORE

    - Mar 24, 2008 2:55 PM ET
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