Stephen LawsonSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage, and networking technologies for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Riverbed may go private in a $3 billion deal

An investment company wants to acquire the WAN optimization vendor

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With Sprint's new plan, friends and neighbors can be your 'framily'

Subscribers can get anyone to join up, and everyone will pay less per month

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Network chief likes AT&T's spectrum holdings -- as the carrier buys more

AT&T plans to acquire more licenses in 14 states

AT&T lets companies sponsor subscribers' mobile data

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The Sponsored Data service will let partners free some content from a user's monthly data cap

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Motorola Solutions buys IP push-to-talk vendor to span PCs, phones, radios

Twisted Pair’s Wave PTT system isn't not limited to one carrier or type of technology. It’s designed to let workers in offices and in the field join the same instant-calling groups.

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US judge dismisses challenge to border laptop searches

Searches done by U.S. Customs and Border Protection without a show of reasonable suspicion are rare and don't require reasonable suspicion, a federal judge said

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Report: NSA developed software for backdoor access to iPhones

The software, developed in 2008, would let the agency locate phones and remotely turn on cameras and mics.

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Report: SoftBank, DT close to deal on Sprint, T-Mobile merger

SoftBank make a bid in the next few months, Nikkei reported

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Sony to sell Gracenote to Tribune for $170 million

Tribune will combine the music database company with its own video information unit.

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AT&T to report government requests for user data

The carrier's announcement of disclosure follows a similar one by Verizon on Thursday.

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Alcatel sells federal technology unit for $200 million

As a partner company under private owners, the former Bell Labs team says it will be able to go after more markets.

Verizon to report on law-enforcement data requests

Like Google and other Internet companies, Verizon will release broad details of requests.

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Intel signs tech partnership for 49ers' Silicon Valley stadium

The team will work to include Intel-based gear at Levi's Stadium, and Intel will show off products there.

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Mindspeed acquisition fuels Intel's hopes for bigger network role

The company's wireless access technology will it play across mobile networks, Intel said

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JetBlue will enforce in-flight VoIP ban after all

The airline had said it wouldn't "police" voice calls, but after customers responded, it will.