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Android has overtaken iPhone in the US market for the first time, while worldwide, sales of phones running the Google OS have leapt by a huge 886%. In the second quarter, according to new research from Canalys, Android's US growth was 851% year-on-year, almost as high as the global average, even though it was starting from a higher base in its strongest territory. The US smartphone market as a whole grew by 41% year-on-year, in unit sales terms, said the researchers, making it the largest base for the open OS handsets in the world. Within that, Android devices accounted for 34% of sales, overtaking RIM and Apple for the top spots. Canalys particularly singled out Verizon's aggressive promotion of its Droid range, the latest flagships being the HTC Incredible and Motorola Droid X.
By John Letzing , MarketWatch SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Roughly nine months after Google Inc. edged out rival Microsoft Corp. to win a high-profile contract to supply email and collaboration software to the City of Los Angeles, the company has missed a June deadline for full implementation due to lingering security concerns. The delay is a setback for one of Google's most strategic businesses, and an illustration of troubles that large organizations can encounter as they shift to a so-called "cloud computing" model, in which data and applications are stored and accessed online. Google's /quotes/zigman/93888 /quotes/nls/goog GOOG -0.08% failure to have all municipal employees outfitted with Google Apps by the June 30 deadline will have the company and its implementation partner reimbursing L.A. for extra costs, as the city continues to rely on former supplier Novell Inc. , according to Los Angeles Chief Technology Officer Randi Levin.
IDG News Service — An investment company has hired Nokia Siemens Networks to build a hybrid 4G-satellite mobile network, called LightSquared, across the U.S. to go live next year. Harbinger Capital Partners, which earlier this year acquired satellite phone service provider SkyTerra, announced on Tuesday it will pay NSN more than US$7 billion over eight years to design, build and operate the network. LightSquared will reach 92 percent of the U.S. population by 2015, the company said.
An investment company has hired Nokia Siemens Networks to build a hybrid 4G-satellite mobile network, called LightSquared, across the U.S. to go live next year. Harbinger Capital Partners, which earlier this year acquired satellite phone service provider SkyTerra, announced on Tuesday it will pay NSN more than US$7 billion over eight years to design, build and operate the network. LightSquared will reach 92 percent of the U.S. population by 2015, the company said. It expects a commercial launch in the second half of 2011, according to the LightSquared website.
About Us Harbinger Capital Partners is a private investment firm specializing in event/distressed strategies. Founded in 2001 with Philip Falcone as the Chief Investment Officer, Harbinger Capital Partners seeks to invest in alpha-generating ideas that are uncorrelated to investment cycles. Harbinger seeks investments that typically fall into the following four categories: Event – investments in companies where the Harbinger team identifies a significant opportunity to actively engage with a company to unlock value; Distressed/Bankruptcy – investments in companies that are already in default, in bankruptcy, or in some other stage of financial failure or distress; Value – passive investments in securities where Harbinger believes a positive catalyst for value realization is already present; and Corporate Shorts – passive investments where Harbinger views the security to be overvalued or believes weakening fundamental trends or identifiable negative catalysts are apparent.
The largest commercial communications satellite ever has been launched. The Terrestar-1 from Terrestar Networks lifted off from the ESA (Europe's equivalent of NASA) aerospace center in French Guiana on the northern coast of South America. The satellite's network will operate in two 10 MHz blocks of contiguous MSS spectrum in the 2 GHz band throughout the United States and Canada with a footprint that covers a population of nearly 330 million.
Following yesterday's announcement that Nokia-Siemens would be acquiring Motorola's wireless infrastructure business for $1.2 billion, Nokia Siemens turns around and announces a $7 billion agreement to deploy, install, operate and maintain the U.S.' first wholesale LTE network from the newly formed company LightSquared. LightSquared is the name of the multi-billion dollar network Harbinger Capital partners has been planning to build as an alternative for network operators who cannot afford to build an LTE network of their own, like T-Mobile USA. The company will build the network, and then lease it to operators. It will not directly offer services to consumers.
CIO — In the past, companies built data centers like parents buy clothes for their children: Buy big and wait for the kids to grow into them. However, companies that designed spacious data centers ended up wasting a lot of money, powering unnecessary infrastructure. Today's data-center design decisions all pivot around maximizing efficiency, while giving companies a path for future growth, says Steve Sams, VP of global site and facilities services for IBM ( IBM ). "We see our customers make very different design decisions than they used to," Sams says. "And the end result is that they are saving 30 percent in operational costs over the lifetime of the data center."
Nous avons la joie de vous présenter Martin Cozzi, Software Engineer chez Google, est venu nous présenter l’application de l’été indispensable à tous les fan ou non de foot. PushMyfoot, c’est l’application iPhone qui vous permet de suivre tous les matchs de la coupe du monde FIFA 2010 en Afrique du Sud. Au Techshower nous n’allons pas manquer l’occasion de suivre cet évènement sportif de premier ordre et PushMyFoot nous apporte toutes les informations brûlantes et indispensables pour suivre la coupe du monde et cela depuis n’importe où. (même chez Mamie)
Network World - Two members of the team that created Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud have built a cloud computing start-up called Benguela, which is expected to emerge from stealth mode next week. Benguela ,based in Menlo Park, Calif., and Cape Town, South Africa, was founded in 2008 by Amazon veterans Chris Pinkham and Willem van Biljon. Tech Debate: Cloud: Public or private? | Put your crapplications’ into the cloud, experts suggest Between 2001 and 2006 Pinkham was "responsible for IT infrastructure at all Amazon.com data centers, offices and facilities [and] proposed and led development of Amazon EC2," according to his LinkedIn profile .
New HP-branded solutions bring quality video experiences to desktops and conference rooms with lower total cost of ownership PALO ALTO, Calif., and HACKENSACK, N.J., June 9, 2010 – HP and Vidyo ® Inc., a software-based videoconferencing solution provider, today announced an agreement to expand the HP Halo portfolio to include conference room and desktop endpoints that run on enterprise networks. The new HP-branded visual collaboration solutions will deliver high-quality video experiences while operating on infrastructure that delivers a lower total cost of ownership. Available through HP and channel partners, the solutions will be fully interoperable with traditional videoconferencing endpoints and current Halo Studios.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--While in the line for the coffee urn at PC Forum, I overheard a young CEO talking about his company. Apparently, after it became known that Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was interested in investing in the outfit, another venture capital firm, the chief executive said, chartered a private jet to come visit the company to get in on the funding round.