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Archives: February 2010

Will Motorola Move to California?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 23, Categories: Motorola

Based in Chicago ever since it was founded in 1928, Motorola is contemplating a move to California, according to co-CEO Sanjay Jha.

J.D. Power: Wireless Call Quality Has Declined

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 18, Categories: wireless

Wireless call quality is getting worse, according to a new study. "....reported call quality problems have increased considerably in 2010," according to the Feb. 18 report from J.D. Power & Associates. Out of 100 calls placed, 13 experienced some problems, up from 11 six months ago. In particular, the number of reported dropped calls has increased to six per 100 calls, up from four six months ago.

Leap and MetroPCS: Can This Marriage Work?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 12, Categories: wireless

MetroPCS has hired several advisors to explore a potential purchase of rival Leap. But can this combination work

Is Rhapsody As Good As It Used To Be?

Posted by: Peter Burrows on February 09, Categories: music

Real Networks is cutting its Rhapsody music business free to pursue an IPO (just as Arik suggestedin this prescient story many months ago. How does he do it?). The news...

Android Doubles U.S. Market Share

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 09, Categories: Google

Android operating system for smartphones has more than doubled its market share in the U.S. between September and December, according to comScore's survey of more than 30,000 consumers aged 13 and up.

Google Improves Nexus One Customer Care

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 09, Categories: Google

Google is taking steps to address customer support problems that cropped up soon after the release of its Nexus One, a phone that Google currently only sells online. On Feb. 8, Google began providing phone support in addition to existing efforts to solve problems through online forums.

Howard Stern May Leave Sirius for 'American Idol'

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 08, Categories: Sirius XM

Shock jock Howard Stern likely gave Sirius XM executives a shock on Feb. 8, when he told his radio listeners that he is considering leaving Sirius to become a judge on 'American Idol' when his lucrative Sirius contract expires at the end of the year.

Symbian Goes Open Source

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 03, Categories: wireless

On Feb. 4, the Symbian Foundation will release the first completely open-sourced version of its mobile phone operating system, a move it hopes will make it easier for developers to improve the software and create applications for use on Symbian-based phones. Starting tomorrow, programmers will be able to download, modify and use the software at no charge.

Reality TV Jumps Onto Gaming Consoles

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 01, Categories: gaming

Alas, reality TV has just jumped from the TV and onto your gaming console. On Feb. 2, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced it will debut an original competition reality series, The Tester, on PlayStation Network for free download starting February 18, 2010.

Leap Wireless: No Easy Sell

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 01, Categories: wireless

Leap Wireless has hired Goldman Sachs and asked its board members to consider selling the company, according to The Wall Street Journal. Leap's shares jumped 13.1% today, to $14.92, amidst investor hopes of a quick deal. Chances are, selling Leap won't be easy, however.


BusinessWeek writers Peter Burrows, Cliff Edwards, Olga Kharif, Aaron Ricadela, Douglas MacMillan, and Spencer Ante dig behind the headlines to analyze what’s really happening throughout the world of technology. One of the first mainstream media tech blogs, Tech Beat covers everything from tech bellwethers like Apple, Google, and Intel and emerging new leaders such as Facebook to new technologies, trends, and controversies.



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