Verizon has filed a lawsuit against a Web site and domain name registrar, alleging that they are exploiting its name by placing ads on Verizon-like Web addresses.
The complaint, filed in a Los Angeles federal court and reported on by Paid Content, calls Parked.com and DNLtd "serial cybersquatters" who control more than 600 Web sites with names such as 2verizon.net, 3verizon.net, and accessoriesforverizon.com.
The companies generate revenue by placing ads on these sites and relying on consumers accidentally making their way onto their sites, Verizon alleges in its lawsuit.
Verizon Wireless may soon introduce a new service plan that allows families to share data among multiple subscribers across a single account, according to a post on Engadget.
The gadget blog said today that it has received employee training material from a source that indicates there is a new version of the data plan that will soon be introduced. In a screen shot on the blog, there is a section labeled "account level data plans" and a charge of $9.99 charge per additional line.
Engadget said it doesn't know when Verizon will introduce the new billing … Read more
Amazon.com reports its fourth-quarter earnings tomorrow and the main attractions will be sales of the Kindle Fire and its effect on e-commerce in terms of e-books, music, video, and apps.
Just awhile back, worries about Amazon's profit margins were everywhere. Oh no, Amazon was selling the Kindle Fire at a loss. Oh no, Amazon is going to stumble.
Since the Kindle Fire launch in mid-November, however, the worrywarts have calmed down a bit. These profit margin worries have died down so much that they are expecting some potential upside to the fourth quarter.
Former Research in Motion co-CEO Mike Lazaridis still believes a comeback is in the works for BlackBerry and is willing to put his money where his mouth is.
Lazaridis, who alongside fellow co-CEO Jim Balsillie stepped down from RIM a week ago, said in an interview posted Friday by The Record that he is confident in new CEO Thorsten Heins. In fact, Lazaridis is confident enough that he said he plans to buy $50 million worth of additional stock.
"I absolutely know he will take this company to new heights," Lazaridis said in the interview.
If you follow any of my coverage, then you know I have a healthy interest in mobile payments.
When people think mobile payments, they think about the act of paying for goods by waving a smartphone at the cash register. But I'm more interested in the implications that come from the capability. You're seeing it now with the introduction of Google Wallet, which wants to use payment history to better serve discounts and advertisements. It's what comes next that is so exciting.
Japan's NEC will cut nearly one in ten of its workers as the iPhone continues to gobble up the market for smartphones.
The company said this week that recent poor performance stemmed from the popularity of the Apple iPhone in Japan, an increase in the number of foreign rivals it faces in the IT infrastructure market, and trouble expanding beyond its home country, Reuters reported.
NEC forecast a loss of $1.3 billion (100 billion yen) for the year ending March 31, and said about 7,000 of the 10,000 eliminated jobs will be in Japan, with the … Read more
One of the pesky fragmentation issues Android programmers must worry about is different screen sizes.
With resolution changing from one phone to another, programmers have to figure out exactly how much room they can devote to icons, photos, video game backgrounds, dialog boxes. But, Google argues, paying the price upfront pays programmers back in the long run--and helps them avoid the fixed-resolution difficulties that afflicted Palm.
Indeed, even before the first Android phone hit the market, Google had set on an approach designed to accommodate not just different pixel resolutions, but also pixel densities--the number of pixels per inch. Android … Read more