EarthLink, Clearwire Try for Joint Broadband Comeback

EarthLink and Clearwire announced a new partnership Monday that will enable EarthLink to resell mobile broadband service on Clearwire’s 4G network. The new service should begin by early 2013, and will focus on in-home consumer use. Later, EarthLink said it might include more offerings including broadband for mobile devices and enterprise customers. The deal would […]

Sprint Steps on the Gas With 4G Expansion

Sprint plans to launch 4G LTE high-speed services in more than 100 cities in the U.S., it said Monday. Included are major cities such as Boston, Chicago, New York, Miami and Washington, D.C., as well as small to medium-sized markets — e.g., Clarksville, Tenn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Lawrence, Kan. The service will go live in the […]

Like FOSS Fog, Cloud Confusion May Not Matter

The general public knows little about the true technology fundamentals of cloud computing, suggests a recent survey commissioned by IT vendor Citrix. Almost a third of the roughly 1,000 U.S. adults polled thought cloud computing was related to weather. However, the ascendance of Linux and open source software 10 years ago demonstrated that everyday people […]

Mobile CRM’s Tricky Back End

Want to extend your company’s CRM presence in the mobile world easily and effortlessly? Vendors are lining up to help — at least with the first part of that sentence. Sales, service and marketing are all categories in which vendors are actively rolling out products aimed at the mobile space. Whether their deployment, though, is […]

Theft of Apple UDIDs Mitigated by News the FBI Didn’t Have Them

The case of the stolen database of Apple device identifiers is getting more intriguing by the day, with an entirely new player — an app development company called “BlueToad” — joining the cast of characters. BlueToad execs told reporters that the Apple UDIDs were stolen from it in a cyberattack launched two weeks ago. One […]

YouTube Spiffs Up Its App on Eve of iPhone Launch

YouTube has been re-inflated, so to speak, for the iPhone — but it is unlikely the video app, which Google released Tuesday, will help patch things up between the search giant and Apple. The release of the free app follows the companies’ decision not to renew a five-year licensing agreement that established the Google-owned YouTube […]

GoDaddy Outage: Anonymous Attack or Maintenance Goof?

Web hosting company and self-proclaimed world’s largest domain registrar GoDaddy suffered a major outage on Monday, taking down what’s believed to have been millions of websites. A hacker with the handle of AnonymousOwn3r claimed responsibility in a Twitter feed. The hacker is apparently not connected with Anonymous, one of whose Twitter feeds, YourAnonNews, urged readers […]

Privacy Advocates: Who’s Watching the FBI Watchers?

The FBI soon will begin offering client software for its nationwide facial recognition database at no charge to law enforcement agencies in the United States. This is the fourth element in its seven-increment Next Generation Identification Program. The facial recognition system was deployed as a pilot in February, the FBI’s Jerome Pender testified before the […]

That’s Some Quirky Marketing Strategy: CEO Calls His Customers ‘Idiots’

Michael O’Leary, the CEO of the fee-happy European airline Ryanair, isn’t scared of a little controversy. In fact, he seems to actively welcome it, periodically making outrageous statements (“The best thing you can do with environmentalists is shoot them”) and announcing possible new money-makers for the airline such as in-flight porn and pay toilets. Well, […]

US Trade Deficit Grew Slightly to $42B in July

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit grew to $42 billion in July, widened by fewer exports to Europe, India and Brazil that offset a steep decline in oil imports. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the trade deficit increased 0.2 percent from June’s deficit of $41.9 billion. U.S. exports fell 1 percent to $183.3 billion. […]

Moody’s Set to Downgrade U.S. Without Budget Deal

NEW YORK — The U.S. government’s debt rating could be heading for the “fiscal cliff” along with the federal budget. Moody’s Investors Service says it would likely cut its “Aaa” rating on U.S. government debt, probably by one notch, if budget negotiations fail. If Congress does not reach a budget deal, more than $600 billion […]

Why Projects Work Better than Interviews

Can you really find out what you need to know about a job candidate in an hour-long interview? Probably not. No amount of interviewing, reference checking, and psychological testing is a substitute for actually working with a candidate on a real project. Next time you’re hiring, consider giving your top candidates a constrained project to […]

Boehner ‘not confident’ budget deal can be reached

WASHINGTON — As Moody’s Investors Service threatened to downgrade the United States’ top debt rating ,  House Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday he doubted Congress could reach a bipartisan budget deal to avoid that potentially dangerous outcome. Read more from the original source…

Poll Watch: Obama and Romney tied on economy in new polls

A raft of new polls, all reporting fairly similar numbers, underscores two critical facts about where the presidential race stands: President Obama has emerged from the back-to-back conventions having erased the edge that Republican challenger Mitt Romney had enjoyed on the economy and holds a small, but consistent, lead. Read more from the original source…

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