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  • Criminal Charges Filed against former Nortel Executives

    According to legend, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) always gets their man. This time, instead of a lone mounted officer in a rocky and snow filled landscape catching the criminals, the market enforcement team of the RCMP caught three former executives from the telephone equipment company Nortel. Former CEO Frank Dunn, Chief Financial Officer Douglas Beatty and corporate… Read More

  • U.S. 9th Circuit Protects Privacy of workers’ Text Messages

    The U.S. 9th Circuit appeals court ruled yesterday on the privacy of employees’ text messages and e-mails. The ruling makes it more difficult for employers to read correspondence sent by workers on company accounts. The ruling makes it illegal for employers that contract an outside business to transmit text messages to read them unless the worker agrees. Employee e-mails can only be read… Read More

  • Philadelphia to Turn Free Wi-Fi back On

    In 2005, EarthLink began an ambitious project that would bring free Wi-Fi to the citizens of Philadelphia. EarthLink quit its effort in May because of complaints about signal service. In a city of over a million people, only 6,000 signed up for the EarthLink service. A new group of investors announced that they would finish the project. Network Acquisition Company, a group made up of local… Read More

  • Sprint Nextel Undercuts the iPhone with Price of the Instinct

    Carrier Sprint Nextel announced today that its smart phone, the Samsung Instinct, will sell for $129.99 when it goes on sale Friday. The cheapest iPhone model, which reaches the public on July 11, sells for $199. It looks as though Sprint is hoping to compete with AT&T in the smart phone market by being cheaper and quicker to market. The Instinct is similar to the new iPhone. It… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson announces a trio of bluetooth headsets

    Joining the list of other products announced by Sony Ericsson at their press event in Singapore are three Bluetooth headsets: the HBH-PV715, 720, and 740. No pricing announced, hittin’ the shelves in Q4 08. From left to right, below: HBH-PV715: “No-Fuss” headset 10 hours of talk time, 700 hours of standby Available in black or white. HBH-PV720: 3 “Style-up”… Read More

  • CrunchNetwork Singapore Meet-up

    I’m in Singapore for CommunicAsia, and would love to do a meet-and-greet with any MobileCrunch/TechCrunch/CrunchGear readers while I’m here. If you’re in the area, drop me a line at greg@crunchgear.com or call +1 201-951-6516. Update: We are meeting at Zouk at 8 pm, contact me for further details Read More

  • YMax’s MagicJack Catches Sales Tailwind

    YMax Corp. isn’t a well known name when it comes to telecommunications in the United States. And MagicJack sounds like the product in an infomercial that helps you change a tire. But the two names may become synonymous with cheap broadband calling. MagicJack is a device about the size of a matchbox that plugs into a PC. A regular phone can then be plugged into MagicJack so the user can… Read More

  • Hands on: Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905

    Following Sony Ericsson’s C905 announcement this morning, we had a bit of time to poke and prod at this 8.1 megapixel beast. Things were a bit chaotic, with just about every reporter in Singapore itchin’ to fondle it, so there wasn’t an opportunity to get an on-video hands on. Fortunately, we’ve got pics a’plenty. As it’s obviously the phone’s key… Read More

  • New Gaming Phone from Sony Ericson

    Sony Ericsson showed off its new gaming phone, the F305, today. The handset has a built-in motion sensor that lets users play games much like games are played on the popular Wii console. It won’t be long before you see people whipping their arms around like they are throwing invisible bowling balls or practicing their fly-fishing technique. “This is our first foray into motion… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905 made official

    As expected, Sony Ericsson has given their 8.1 megapixel C905 the official treatment at a press conference in Singapore. Not too surprisingly, everything that leaked out last week turned out true: face recognition, a big ol’ lot of photo fix features, Xenon flash, a-GPS, Geotagging, WiFi, and DLNA support. Its got a 2.4″ inch 240×320 screen, with up to 380 hours of standby… Read More

  • Hands on: Samsung Omnia (i900)

    A day before the doors to CommunicAsia open, Samsung has started the festivities off with a bang by unveiling the Samsung Omnia. I had the opportunity to put my greasy hands all over it — check out the hands on video below. More details and impressions coming soon. Read More

  • Our Home Town

    About noon Friday here in California, I happened to click on a Summize tab substituting for Twitter’s Track functionality and monitoring the use of my Twitter screen name. Someone named Scrabo had tweeted “Rumor here at NBC is that Tim Russert passed away”. A minute later another: “@stevegillmor Brokaw getting ready to go on air.” Turning on NBC, then MSNBC, then… Read More

  • PlayPhone and Cellufun Partnership: Good for Mobile Gamers

    PlayPhone, operator of the largest network of mobile content destinations in North America, has formed a marketing partnership with Cellufun, the world’s largest mobile gaming portal. PlayPhone now has access to over 5.5 million monthly unique visitors, nearly 75 million monthly page views and a large catalog of ad-supported free mobile games from its partner Cellufun. “This… Read More

  • Glu Mobile Partners with Sony Pictures Television International

    Glu Mobile, the mobile game company, has partnered with Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) to distribute Glu titles on behalf of SPTI in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Commenting on the agreement, Mike Wald, senior vice president, pay television and new media distribution, SPTI said: “This agreement with Glu is… Read More

  • New Firefox Mobile concept video looks amazing

    If there was ever any doubt that Mozilla could pull off something amazing with Firefox Mobile, this video pretty much stomps all over it. Aza Raskin, head of user experience for Mozilla Labs, put this user interface concept demo on his blog this morning. Simply put: it rocks my face off. Their idea for how to handle tabs just about annihilates everything we’ve seen from other mobile… Read More

  • Samsung Instinct to sell for $199.99 after rebates

    Almost certainly a result of the 3G iPhone’s $199.99 price tag, Sprint has been passing the word around internally that the Samsung Instinct will go for $199.99 (after contract rebates, that is) when it launches in just a few weeks. The full retail price will be $449.99. A two-year contract will drop $150 bucks off that price via instant rebate, with Sprint throwing in an extra $100… Read More

  • Cellspin adds Twitter and Pownce support

    Addicted to Twitter, but want to get a bit more creative with your tweets? Cellspin, a free mobile blogging application which allows users to blog text, video, audio, and photos to a big ol’ list of sites, has now added support for Twitter and Pownce. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get Cellspin to work at all on my S60 N78. I signed up for an account, added Twitter to my list of sites… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson C905 Demo Video

    Hot on the tail of the C905 detail leak, some fine gent going by the name “PhonerX” has pushed a demo video of the handset up to the internets. With all of these demo videos leaking out, SE is either doing a reaaally bad job at keeping things under wraps, or leaking these intentionally. Besides the stuff we know from the details leaked earlier, the video indicates that there will… Read More

  • AT&T and Starbucks settle T-Mobile Lawsuit

    Starbucks announced today that it has settled a lawsuit brought against it and AT&T by service provider T-Mobile. The suit claimed that Starbucks colluded with AT&T to offer Wi-Fi Internet access in its cafes even though the coffee chain had an exclusive agreement with T-Mobile that allowed T-Mobile to sell Wi-Fi in the cafes. The lawsuit alleged that AT&T and Starbucks were… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's 8.1 megapixel C905 revealed

    At what point does a handset make the jump from being a phone with a camera attached, to being a camera with a phone attached? Se-nse has managed to get the scoop on Sony Ericsson’s C905, which certainly toes that line. Sony Ericsson’s packing just about every feature you’d expect from a standalone point-and-shoot into this phone – it’s got an 8.1 megapixel… Read More