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RIM, not NTP, News

For those of you waiting for further word on the progress, or lack thereof, in the RIM-NTP patent fandango, I’m afraid this will disappoint you. RIM announced a couple of things that have nothing to do with patent lawsuits. Sorry. First, RIM said that a Google Talk instant messaging client for Blackberry is being developed […]

Further Thoughts on Velocita

( wireless )

Carl wrote that my requiem for the US Mobitex network might be premature. With usership [of the Mobitex network] way down from the peak, Sprint could reallocate 2/3s of the Mobitex sprectrum to iDen in metro areas without reducing the Mobitex coverage footprint. Maybe I’m being optimistic, but I don’t believe that Sprint will shut […]

Looks Like My Old 950 Just Became A Dinosaur

( wireless )

SPRINT NEXTEL TO ACQUIRE VELOCITA WIRELESS Transaction Will Enhance iDEN Network’s 900 MHz spectrum position Sprint Nextel and Velocita Wireless announced today that Sprint will acquire Velocita through a stock purchase agreement and plans to begin use of some of the company’s 900 MHz spectrum. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals, and is […]

Memo To RIM

( wireless )

I had a chance yesterday to catch up with an old friend from my Mobitex days; he now works for Cingular on the cellular side of the house. He was showing me his brand-spankin’ new BlackBerry 8700c; it runs on Cingular’s EDGE network. Because it’s an EDGE device the airlink data rate is pretty quick […]

USPTO Moves To Invalidate NTP Patent, and Telenor Surfaces Again

( wireless )

Just a day after the court handed NTP good news in its lawsuit against RIM the US Patent and Trademark Office tossed a wet blanket on the party by rejecting, for the second time, all the claims in one of five patents at issue. The USPTO is reexamining all five patents and had previously rejected […]

Things Looking Grim for RIM, Legally Speaking

( wireless )

The court overseeing the patent case against RIM filed by NTP handed RIM another defeat earlier today by ruling that it would neither put off further proceedings pending patent reexaminations nor enforce the terms of an earlier settlement agreement between the parties. The court’s actions mean that NTP most likely has clear sailing to force […]

Interesting Article on Mobility from FT

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Another piece passed along by Dave Farber’s list…a good article by Richard Waters: Mobility Special: Plugged into it all. Waters looks at the evolution in the use of wireless networks, driven by an entire generation which has grown up using cell phones. Waters discusses many interesting aspects but I’ll single one out: this discussion of […]

Newsflash: Tin Foil Hats Don’t Work

A paper published by MIT researchers shows definitely that tin foil hats, regardless of configuration, are ineffective at blocking the Government’s ability to read one’s mind using satellites and that the standard type of TFH actually may enhance the ability of multinational corporations to influence a person’s thinking. [W]e find that although on average all […]

Blackberry Service in US To Stop? Don’t Hold Your Breath

( wireless )

Media types ranging from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal to Slashdot are singing the ‘Blackberry is dead’ tune, but that’s premature. Here’s the basic bits: the US Court of Appeals has refused to rehear RIM’s appeal of a District Court’s finding that it had infringed on some of NTP’s patents. An […]

WSJ Optimistic About European 3G

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For no apparently reason The Wall Street Journal has picked up on some of the optimism that the European UMTS operators continue to flout. In a Heard on the Street column datelined today the Journal gushes: After years of mishaps and delays, “third generation” wireless technology has finally arrived. And that could be a good […]