Ringing in a new smartphone year (week in review)
A Verizon iPhone is widely expected to be announced after CES, while Amazon and Barnes & Noble tout their e-reader sales. Also: Groupon goes for nearly $1 billion in funding.
The new year is expected to bring a bumper crop of new smartphones, and Apple may reap the greatest harvest.
Perhaps the most long-awaited wireless announcement,"sometime after the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January," according to a Bloomberg report that cited "a person familiar with Apple's plans."
Although we've heard countless similar reports and rumors in the past, there's mounting evidence that 2011 will be the year iPhone customers finally get a carrier option other than AT&T. For starters, the Businessweek story comes on the heels of a DigiTimes report indicatingin the first quarter of 2011. Verizon's network runs on CDMA; AT&T's doesn't.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile and Motorola are expected to
While Skype is nowhere near first to wave the video-calling banner, waiting may not have been a bad move. For a player this major, quality and timing are everything.
Microsoft's co-founder amends his patent infringement suit against Apple, Google, Facebook, and other tech giants, alleging that they're using technology owned by his firm, Interval Licensing.
As Amazon touts the Kindle 3 becoming the best-selling product of all time on Amazon worldwide, CEO Jeff Bezos says many people who are buying the new Kindle also own an LCD tablet.
First, Amazon said the Kindle was its best-selling product of all time. Now it's Barnes & Noble's turn to tout the holiday success of its e-reader line.
B&N: Nook line 'biggest best seller ever'
Time Warner Cable once again refuses to give up names of customers accused of copyright violations, according to the attorney overseeing Larry Flynt Publishing's copyright case.
Only 21 percent of U.S. adults polled by Rasmussen Reports said they'd want the FCC to regulate the Internet, with 54 percent opposed to such action and 25 percent undecided.
Almost two-thirds of Internet users polled by Pew Internet have paid for music, software, or other intangible online content, with the typical person shelling out around $10 a month.
Apple is reportedly working on three versions of the iPad 2, claims a report in DigiTimes. Apple may also be trying to reduce smudging on the screen.
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