Policy Group: Texting While Driving Isnt Evil

One group that wants to protect what it calls “individual liberty” is lashing out at those who want to ban texting while driving. The Institute for Policy Innovation reacted to comments this week from U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood, who is interested in a nationwide ban. IPI’s Bartlett D. Cleland says while so much attention […]

Microsoft Banned from Selling Word in the U.S.

In potentially troubling news for channel partners and operators offering smartphones as business productivity tools, Microsoft Corp. has been banned from selling or supporting some versions or Microsoft Word in the United States. The news comes just as Microsoft and Nokia announced plans to make the Office suite and collaboration offerings available on Nokia handsets. […]

FCC Looks Into Apples Ban on Google Voice

It’s not a formal investigation, but it’s enough to show that Apple Inc. might have taken its rule-with-an-iron-fist approach to the App Store too far last week: The FCC has begun an inquiry on Apple banning the Google Voice application. Apple caused an uproar in the blogosphere last week by blocking the Google Voice application […]

Apple Blocks Google Voice

In a move apparently calculated to protect the interests of carrier partner AT&T Inc., Apple Inc. has rejected Google Voice for iPhone. Google Voice, available by invite only, is essentially a free unified messaging app that allows users to place cheap international calls and free SMS messages by routing them through Google, and to share […]

Microsoft: No iPhones Allowed

Microsoft Corp. has reportedly said it will no longer pay the data charges for employees’ iPhones, BlackBerrys and other rival devices, instead only paying for those incurred by Windows Mobile devices. The anticompetitive, captive audience strategy is perhaps unsurprising, considering that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has for years said that he won’t allow his children […]

Court Orders Stay on Qualcomm Ban

Qualcomm Inc. won a stay Wednesday on a government ban on imports of devices using chips that have been found to violate a Broadcom Corp. patent. The stay by the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit allows seven phone makers and carriers to import devices with the chips to the U.S. pending Qualcomms appeal […]

White House Upholds Qualcomm Handset Ban

The Bush administration upheld an import ban Monday on cell phones that contain Qualcomm Inc. chips. Wireless operators were hoping for a veto of an adverse patent ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission which has found that Qualcomm has infringed on a Broadcom patent for battery power conservation, blocking the import of tens of […]

Internet Taxation Ban Attracts Congressional Debate

Four bills addressing Internet taxation are pending in Congress as House and Senate committees this week held hearings on the matter. The original moratorium banning Internet taxes will expire Nov. 1, unless lawmakers extend the date or institute a permanent freeze. Companies such as Verizon Communications Inc. support a permanent ban on Internet access taxes […]

House Members Seek Permanent Internet Tax Ban

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering a bill that would keep the Internet tax-free permanently. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., introduced the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act of 2007 on Jan. 31. Congressional members on both sides of the aisle co-sponsored the bill, including Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. The first Internet tax moratorium […]

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