As rumored earlier in the week, Verizon
While the i's may have been dotted on this deal by the DOJ, the t's have yet to be crossed. That remains to be done by the Federal Communications Commission, at a time not yet determined. But it’s probably a good bet that the ink will eventually dry on the FCC’s approval, because FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has already publicly given the nod to the deal. There are four more FCC commissioners, however, and, well, you know, between cup and lip …
An alternative to XFINITY and FiOS?
Meanwhile, as Comcast’s and Verizon’s control over cable-delivered broadband Internet seems to get tighter, DISH Network
This service can only handle up to 2 million people at present, and still be able to offer that speed. Right now, the service is meant for those in rural areas who cannot get broadband Internet by other means, but more satellites in the future could quite possibly make this a viable alternative to the hard-wired broadband Internet service offered by the earthbound telecoms.
Will the sun ever rise in Finland again?
But Nokia is not ready to throw in the towel on its Windows Phone partnership with Microsoft
I don’t think about rewinding the clock and thinking about competing elsewhere. … In today’s war [between] Android, Apple, and Windows, we are very clear. We are fighting that with the Windows Phone.
With those words still echoing, Microsoft and Nokia are planning a joint media event in New York City on September 5. The expectation is, that will be the venue at which Nokia will introduce its first Windows Phone 8 handset.
Samsung rests its case against you-know-who
Samsung finally put its last witness on the stand in its patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple
Rebuttal witnesses are now testifying, and Judge Lucy Koh said she wanted to start jury deliberations by August 21. The judge also said she remains "pathologically optimistic" that a settlement can be reached. I’m not quite sure what she means by that, though.
Bad news for scofflaws
The police do not need to obtain a warrant to follow a suspect using cell phone tracking data, according to a ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. This 2-to-1 decision was made in a case against a drug trafficker, who appealed his conviction by arguing that the government obtained his location from his cell phone’s GPS information, and that, therefore, his arrest was a violation of the Fourth Amendment. Judge John Rogers, writing for the majority:
There is no Fourth Amendment violation because Skinner did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the data given off by his voluntarily procured-pay-as-you-go cell phone. If a tool used to transport contraband gives off a signal that can be tracked for location, certainly the police can track the signal.
Let that be a lesson to you.
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