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Wi-LAN sues everybody over Bluetooth

Claiming patent rights over the wireless technology, Wi-LAN launches a lawsuit against a wide range of tech companies, including Apple, HP, Motorola, and Sony.

By April 8, 2010


For Paul Allen, tech investment isn't easy

When Charter Communications announced plans to file for Chapter 11, it was just the latest in a series of blows to the Microsoft co-founder's plan to sink money into a wired world.

By February 19, 2009


The mobile Internet device: In search of itself

Is the mobile Internet device as dead as the Netbook? No, but there's a long uphill climb before these gadgets find their natural market.

By January 22, 2009


An Atom-powered Intel? Not a chance

Is Intel's new Atom processor a new power source for the company, or just a flash in the pan?

By April 3, 2008


Broadband: Breaking the digital gridlock

special report CNET News.com examines the crucial elements of any policy agenda aimed at building a national broadband network.

July 29, 2004


Net service Ricochet bounces into new hands

Struggling company was a pioneer among wireless Internet service providers. New owners hope to catch it on the rebound.

By June 30, 2004


Ricochet orders retailer to halt sales

The wireless broadband provider tells at least one retailer to pull its products from the shelves and that it is seeking new financing.

By November 17, 2003


Bidder for Metricom's assets surfaces

Aerie Networks is in negotiations to buy half the equipment that once powered Metricom's Ricochet wireless Internet service, and could finalize plans by next week.

By September 2, 2001


Ricochet fishes for broadband bites

The company hopes to reel in subscribers of other Web providers' dial-up service with a speed boost and the ability to keep their dial-up accounts, e-mail addresses and home pages.

By April 1, 2003


Metricom assets sold for $8.25 million

The remnants of the company's $1 billion high-speed wireless network is sold to Aerie Networks. Will portions of the Ricochet network be restored?

By November 2, 2001