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WIRELESS by Marauder
October 10, 2008, 5:46 PM
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At least one research company says it believes Google‘s Android open-network software for cell phones will spur greater consumer interest in smartphones and encourage wireless carriers to push even further to create a standard mobile platform. In a new report, ABI Research said one benchmark of Google’s success would be recognition among operators and handset makers in the value of creating a common platform. InformationWeek (10/9)

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WIRELESS by Marauder
August 26, 2008, 6:42 PM
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Images from around the web are showing the HTC Dream AKA the T-Mobile G1 in all its bendy, screen-sliding glory. This Sidekick-like phone has a pop up screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and none of the buckets of suck that characterize Windows Mobile phones. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/26/its-official-the-g1-from-t-mobile-is-the-first-android-phone 8/26)

Despite a weak battery and questions about how fast it connects to 3G networks, some time in the next week more than 6 million iPhone 3Gs will be in people’s hands around the world. What that means is that the second generation device has outsold the original iPhone just seven weeks after going on sale. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/26/iphone-3gs-now-outnumber-first-generation-iphones 8/26)

Movie focused social network Flixster acquired a popular iPhone application called Movies.app (iTunes link) last week, and has re-released the application this evening. As far as we know, this is the first acquisition of an iPhone app. The price isn’t being disclosed. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/26/college-sophomore-sells-his-iphone-app-to-flixster 8/26)

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Now that the first Android phone has been approved by the FCC, Google figured it might be a good time to update the software development kit for the mobile OS. There were hints that this would happen earlier today, but now it is official. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/18/in-anticipation-of-an-actual-phone-android-releases-a-new-sdk 8/18)

The pitched battle over so-called “white spaces” in the TV spectrum, which firms such as Google and Motorola want to use to build wireless networks, will come to a head next month when the FCC releases its findings on tests of “smart radios,” according to this report. The “white spaces” debate is a hot one right now because TV providers are concerned that their use would cause major interference with airwaves they’ll still be using after the DTV switch. The Wall Street Journal (8/18)

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Google is finding that launching an entirely new cell phone platform is taking longer than expected. When it first announced its Android mobile operating system, Google said the first Android phones would be available during the second half of this year. Now the mobile carriers that signed up as Android partners are pushing out their launches, with only T-Mobile still trying to get an Android phone out by the fourth quarter of this year. All the other carriers are pushing out their deployments until 2009.

(http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/06/23/googles-android-hits-snags-with-mobile-carriers/ 6/23)

Berlin, Germany based Plazes, a location based social network (and one of the first startups we ever wrote about here on TechCrunch, back in 2005), has been acquired by Finland-based Nokia, the companies are announcing today. The price is not being disclosed. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/06/23/breaking-germanys-plazes-acquired-by-nokia 6/23)

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COFFEE AND FREE WI-FI by Marauder
June 11, 2008, 6:47 PM
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COFFEE AND FREE WI-FI

The Recap

In February, Starbucks ended its 7-year relationship with T-Mobile for provision of Wi-Fi services in favor or a new relationship with AT&T. T-Mobile sued Starbucks because they say they have the exclusive right to “sell, market, and promote” in stores until the Wi-Fi networks have been completely transitioned to the new system. As of this post (6/11), T-Mobile & Starbucks have settled that suit.

Free Wi-Fi For All. . .Starbucks Customers

Given Starbucks’ new relationship with AT&T, users are allowed 2 hours of free Wi-Fi daily given that they spend $5 monthly on a rewards card. Let’s face it, that’s almost a single coffee. One coffee a month for 2 hours of free Wi-Fi daily. Done and done.

The Experiment

That’s all I needed to know to venture out in my quest for free Wi-Fi at the closest Starbucks. At the time, this happened to be a Starbucks in Warwick, RI. I asked the boisterous teenager at the counter about the free Wi-Fi with over-exaggerated zeal in my eyes. To my surprise, she knew nothing about the rewards card purchase for free Wi-Fi. Regardless, I requested the rewards card, loaded up the prerequisite $5, purchased the obligatory latte and went on my way.

I hopped online, registered my card, and speeded ahead with the free Wi-Fi experience. The only confusing part of the entire transaction was really connecting to AT&T in the store while the T-Mobile Wi-Fi service is clearly still offered at the location.

Go Out and Get You Some

THIS IS AWESOME. I could only ask for more in terms of allowable hours in one day. For $10, could I work from Starbucks all day? That much Java and free Wi-Fi would lead to some insane work efficiency. Let’s forget attempting a government-enabled free Wi-Fi system. Let’s just blanket the world with Starbucks (as if that weren’t already the case). Pay $5 per month for broadband access to your java supplier rather than the $30 to your cable company.

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