• Google gets its way with new wireless network

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    Somewhere in the Googleplex, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt are celebrating right about now.

    That's because the Internet search giant Thursday scored its first big win in the mobile business: The minimum $4.6 billion bid has been met in the Federal Communications Commission's auction of the so-called C block of the 700 MHZ wireless spectrum, and that means that the eventual winner of those airwaves will have MORE

    - Jan 31, 2008 1:59 PM ET
  • Old media meets empowered customers

    In his latest column, Fortune's David Kirkpatrick says that the key question for the future of the media business is how to integrate user-generated "amateur" content with that produced by the mainstream old media.

     What do you think?

    - Jan 19, 2008 10:39 AM ET
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  • Comcast CEO: Content, content, content

    By Stephanie Mehta

    In his first-ever keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show Tuesday, Comcast  CEO Brian Roberts seemed to be saying content is king. (Not what you'd expect from the nation's largest distributor of pay television.)

    Roberts, who was joined by radio personality and "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest for part of his speech, told the Las Vegas audience Comcast (CMCSA) is embarking on a strategy to make a vast library MORE

    - Jan 8, 2008 3:56 PM ET
  • Say goodbye to your analog cell phone

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    Still using an analog cell phone? Better upgrade fast because on Feb. 19 those U.S. carriers still offering analog service will shut down their outdated networks.

    Until this year, the Federal Communications Commission had required wireless carriers to maintain analog networks despite the fact that the numbers of subscribers using the aging service has been dwindling since the early 2000s.

    If not for the FCC mandate, carriers would MORE

    - Jan 3, 2008 9:22 AM ET
  • The top 10 wireless trends for 2008

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    A lot happened in wireless this past year, from the debut of the iPhone to Verizon Wireless' move to open its network. But 2008 promises to be just as eventful, starting with the Federal Communication Commission's spectrum auction in January. Here's a look at the 10 most significant events and trends in the coming year.

    1. Wireless networks will remain the domain of wireless operators: There's been talk MORE

    - Dec 31, 2007 7:00 AM ET
  • NetSuite's sweet IPO

    By Michael V. Copeland

    You have to hand it to NetSuite. While the markets have been whipsawing all around, the on-demand finance software company backed by Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison got its IPO done via a Dutch auction at a price, $26, almost double the stock's original target.

    If NetSuite's first day's trading on Thursday is any indication, the company also did incredibly well in the pricing of shares. So MORE

    - Dec 20, 2007 3:43 PM ET
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  • Putting JetBlue's new in-flight e-mail to the test

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    These days, you're lucky to get a free bag of peanuts on an airplane. But on Tuesday, low-cost airline JetBlue Airways began testing an in-flight Internet service that lets passengers check their e-mail for free.

    I was on the maiden voyage -- an Airbus A320 painted with the logos of JetBlue partners Yahoo and Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIMM) that took off Tuesday morning from New York's JFK MORE

    - Dec 12, 2007 9:28 AM ET
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  • LinkedIn is open for business

    By Michael V. Copeland

    Less than 18 months ago, LinkedIn was the only online business networking game in town. Then Facebook opened up to all comers, and things changed. Or more precisely, a wave of LinkedIn's users began giving the fast-growing social network a whirl. Sure, Facebook was more about throwing chicken wings than getting a deal done, but some of the hardest charging dealmakers, including startup entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and MORE

    - Dec 10, 2007 9:22 AM ET
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  • AT&T left out of Google party, but not for long

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    Though its peers have rushed headfirst to join Google's new Android platform, AT&T says it's in no hurry to back the mobile operating system. But don't be fooled. Now that Verizon Wireless says it plans to support Android, AT&T will have to jump on the bandwagon too.

    "It's just a matter of time," says Blair Levin, a telecom analyst with Stifel Nicolaus.

    AT&T (T) remains the only major MORE

    - Dec 5, 2007 8:41 AM ET
  • Mixed wireless signals out of Google

    By Stephanie Mehta 

    In case you missed it, today marks the deadline for submitting paperwork to the Federal Communications Commission for bidding in the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction. Search-engine giant Google (GOOG) says it will participate, and analysts expect competing bids from Verizon Wireless -- a joint venture of Verizon (VZ) and Vodafone (VOD) -- and AT&T (T).

    Google certainly has the financial firepower to make a winning bid. (The FCC MORE

    - Dec 3, 2007 5:07 PM ET
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