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Google quietly, selectively builds speedy Internet access

Google got 1000 applications for its first installation of gigabit-speed Google Fiber. SInce then, things have moved a bit slower.

Intel, NXP team on computers that take wireless transactions

Online shoppers will be able to pay by tapping a contactless card or an NFC-enabled mobile phone against their PC or laptop.

FCC's in-flight cellphone plan carries a lot of baggage

The FCC is scheduled to discuss the subject at its next public meeting on Dec. 12. If the agency adopts the rule, it will be up to airlines to install the onboard cells and decide the usage parameters.

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Apple issues firmware update for 802.11ac-equiped AirPort base stations

Apple on Thursday released firmware update 7.7.2 for both the new AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule that support the 802.11ac protocol.

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Carriers say smartphone 'kill switch' would be a juicy target for hackers

Mobile carriers are opposed to the plan for a smartphone 'kill switch' that would render smartphones inoperable after they are stolen, claiming that it could be misused by hackers to block critical services.

Southwest becomes first airline to offer gate-to-gate Wi-Fi

Takeoff? Landing? In-flight? It's all the same under Southwest's new gate-to-gate Wi-Fi policy.

Qualcomm tackling faster LTE, but how fast is up for debate

Mobile device chips coming next year from Qualcomm will be able to use wide spectrum bands that carriers are beginning to patch together with new technology, but its lofty performance claims need to be taken with a grain of salt.

Google building fiber networks in Africa through Project Link

Google has kicked off a project to build high-speed fiber-optic networks in parts of the world that lack fast broadband connections, starting with the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

EU Parliament approves €7 billion to complete GPS projects

Funds will help to develop Galileo-enabled chipsets and receivers.

New Gadget Provides Mobile Wi-Fi and Portable Power in One Device

Netgear and AT&T 'unite' to create a new mobile hotspot device which can connect up to 15 devices.

Google, Facebook join white-spaces advocacy group

The group spearheaded by Microsoft and others will push for access to unused spectrum.

LTE-Advanced tests in Europe push wireless speeds

Several European wireless operators have begun testing LTE-Advanced, which will offer speeds greater tahn 200Mbps.

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Bluetooth, NFC groups partner to promote interoperability

Short-distance wireless groups supporting NFC and Bluetooth have agreed to jointly create greater interoperability between the complementary technologies.

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Facebook tests switch specs for Open Compute Project

The Open Compute Project this week announced that it is considering four contributions for development of an open, operating system-agnostic data center switch it announced six months ago.

Alcatel-Lucent says focus on fast broadband, IP is key to comeback

With its new-found focus on IP networking and fast broadband access, Alcatel-Lucent is poised to take advantage of a worldwide explosion in mobile devices and the rush of service providers and operators to the cloud, company executives said at the networking vendor's tech symposium this week.