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FCC launches its own investigation into T-Mobile bill ‘cramming’

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced today that it is investigating complaints that T-Mobile billed its customers for millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party subscriptions and premium text messaging services. The FCC investigation comes on the heels of an announcement by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it has filed suit against T-Mobile, charging that the carrier “crammed” charges for third-party services into ... Read More »

With these Apple hires, Siri should get smarter with speech recognition

Apple appears to be the latest company to venture into an increasingly popular branch of artificial intelligence research known as deep learning. The work could lead to substantive improvements to Apple’s Siri personal digital assistant. Apple has been hiring a string of people well trained in speech recognition, and is in the process of constructing artificial neural networks to process ... Read More »

Vodafone Sells Entire Stake in Fiji Based Mobile Network

Published on: 1st Jul 2014 Vodafone Group has announced the surprise sale of its stake in its Fijian subsidiary. The company said, in a very short statement that it sold its 49% stake in  Vodafone Fiji to the Fiji National Provident Fund for FJ$160 million (USD87 million) in cash. That takes FNPF’s stake in the local mobile network to 79 percent. ... Read More »

Protesters picket Facebook’s London office

Above: The so-called Syria Campaign activist group protesting outside Facebook’s London office. Image Credit: T How can you leverage mobile to increase profitability for your company? Find out at MobileBeat, VentureBeat’s 7th annual event on the future of mobile, on July 8-9 in San Francisco. There are only a few tickets left! Human rights activists have a beef with Facebook. ... Read More »

Announcing the MobileBeat Innovation Showdown finalists

Image Credit: Michael O’Donnell We received over 100 quality startup applicants to the MobileBeat Innovation Showdown, one of the highlights of VentureBeat’s seventh annual event on the future of mobile (next Tuesday and Wednesday, July 8 and July 9, in San Francisco). We’ve narrowed the pool down to eight finalists who will present their innovative products or services on day two of MobileBeat. They ... Read More »

The IBM public cloud’s newest trick: file sharing

We know about those two similarly named popular cloud-based file-sharing companies, Box and Dropbox. Well, it turns out IBM knows about them now, too. Big Blue announced today a new service of its own for sharing files in an accessible, mobile-friendly interface. The Navigator on Cloud service runs on IBM’s SoftLayer cloud infrastructure and emphasizes security. “Because IBM’s service is ... Read More »

Plumgrid takes $17.2M for cloud- based infrastructure service

How can you leverage mobile to increase profitability for your company? Find out at MobileBeat, VentureBeat’s 7th annual event on the future of mobile, on July 8-9 in San Francisco. There are only a few tickets left! The virtual network infrastructure company Plumgrid is raising a $17.2 million round of venture capital funding, according to a document filed today with the ... Read More »

Almost half of Americans can’t go a day without their smartphone

Above: Comic Louis C.K. disses smartphones. But is he right? How can you leverage mobile to increase profitability for your company? Find out at MobileBeat, VentureBeat’s 7th annual event on the future of mobile, on July 8-9 in San Francisco. There are only a few tickets left! Even the phone makers and wireless carriers couldn’t have known just how big the smartphone ... Read More »