Stephen LawsonIDG News Service

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for the IDG News Service.

Hesse remains CEO as Sprint, Softbank close $21.6B merger

SoftBank completed its US$21.6 billion acquisition of Sprint Nextel on Wednesday, capping a months-long effort that was complicated by two bidding wars and some national-security objections but is expected to produce a stronger rival to the dominant U.S. mobile operators.

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Hitachi brings high-end flash to midrange HUS VM storage line

Enterprises are gaining the ability to turn existing storage platforms over to flash even as solid-state media remains mostly a tool for caching and for applications with special requirements.

Clearwire shareholders agree to Sprint buyout

Clearwire shareholders approved Sprint Nextel's takeover of their company, ending a saga that had included years of uncertainty and finally a bidding war for the spectrum-rich wireless network operator.

Last call for Nextel, shutting down on Sunday

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, Sprint Nextel will give its iDEN push-to-talk network the final push--over the edge.

MIT researchers see through walls using 'Wi-Vi'

If Google Glass isn't enough to get you worried about technology, how about a device that can see through walls using Wi-Fi?

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Verizon notches 500th LTE market, declares initial 4G rollout complete

Verizon Wireless has completed the initial rollout of its 4G LTE network, covering 95 percent of the U.S. population, and is now looking to reuse other spectrum for LTE and deploy small cells using the technology.

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EMC's Syncplicity lets enterprises lock down data sharing

EMC is giving enterprises greater control over how corporate data gets distributed and to whom, plus more mobile capabilities, with the latest update to its Syncplicity service.

Dish drops bid for Clearwire, ending brutal bidding war

Dish Network drops its offer to buy Clearwire, probably clearing the path for a strengthened Sprint Nextel to complete its takeover of the struggling but spectrum-rich mobile operator.

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Sprint shareholders approve SoftBank's $21.6 billion buyout

Sprint Nextel shareholders have voted overwhelmingly to approve SoftBank's $21.6 billion takeover bid, setting the stage for the deal to close early next month.

Battle over mobile payments centers on small shops in big countries

While mobile payments transform financial life in many less developed countries, retailers and payment providers in the U.S. and Europe are still trying to find the right incentives to drive adoption.

Fusion-io updates ioTurbine to aid more types of on-server caching

Fusion-io is updating its ioTurbine caching software to help more types of enterprises integrate flash-based cache into virtualized computing environments.

Wi-Fi's fast 802.11ac standard may pay off big in mobile

The emerging IEEE 802.11ac wireless LAN standard will be able to deliver faster connections wherever it's used, but the biggest benefit may come at public hotspots -- eventually.

Clearwire agrees to new, higher Sprint offer

Sprint Nextel has offered and Clearwire has accepted a bid of US$5 per share for the struggling wireless network provider, raising the stakes yet again in an expensive bidding war between Sprint and satellite service provider Dish Network.

Dish won't make new bid for Sprint, clearing path for SoftBank

Dish Network won't try to beat SoftBank's $21.6 billion bid for Sprint Nextel, apparently clearing the way for the Japanese service provider to buy Sprint.

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GE thinks it's time to put industrial data in the cloud

Internet tools are just starting to be applied to industrial tasks such as maintaining equipment and optimizing operations, but the wealth of data being produced by industrial systems could make this a major focus of development in the coming years.