Category Archives: US

Microsoft to rescue Nokia?

“There is a pertinent story about a man who was working on an oil platform in the North Sea. He woke up one night from a loud explosion, which suddenly set his entire oil platform on fire. In mere moments, … Continue reading

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FCC approves nine White Space Database Adminstrators

In some areas, it seems that Europe is always following the US. One of those areas is white space cognitive radio.  Whilst European and UK regulators seem content for the process to proceed at a leisurely pace, the Federal Communications Commission has recently provisionally … Continue reading

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LinkedIn announces first social media IPO of 2011: dot.com hype or sustainable business model?

It is a sign of the changing times that I learnt about LinkedIn’s IPO through twitter last night, and that LinkedIn itself blogged about it.  Seasoned IPO watchers will be aware that process has been started with the filing of their … Continue reading

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Will Apple’s move into NFC mobile payment reshape industry alliances?

My eye was caught today by a story on TechCrunch (an excellent blog BTW) that Apple may incorporate near field communications technology (NFC) into its next generation of devices, thereby enabling ‘real’ payments on the move. For those confused as to the difference between mobile payment … Continue reading

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Cognitive radio: the road to mobile broadband delivery, or the path to anarchic interference?

For those who are not familiar with the term, cognitive radio (also sometimes described as white-space radio) describes a way of using radio spectrum in which unlicensed devices do not use particular assigned frequencies but rather constantly assess the available spectrum, determine … Continue reading

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Mobile broadband event: net neutrality, mobile content, network capacity and handsets

Regular blog readers will know that I hosted a mobile data event for Cambridge Wireless yesterday. I found the event thought-provoking. For those on twitter, I attempted do a near-live tweet commentary of other speakers which you can find at @rbratby between … Continue reading

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Vertical integration the industrial logic for M&A: Vivendi / SFR and Comcast / NBC Universal

My eye was caught last night by a story in the Financial Times this morning reporting analyst speculation that in the wake of the approvals of the US Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice for the purchase of 51% of NBC Universal by Comcast, which … Continue reading

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Financial technology, cloud, mobile data and social networking will drive deals and valuation multiples in technology sector

As a new blogger, site statistics are a source of endless fascination.  They are however useful – my post on TMT valuation multiples seems to have been wildly popular, so I thought it worthwhile to trawl through some other reports … Continue reading

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Do more tablets mean more ‘lean-back’ consumer browsing?

Sadly I’ve not been in Las Vegas at CES, but remained at my desk in London reading the various updates.  As the dust starts to settle it seems that tablets are the story of this year’s show.  Not having had … Continue reading

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And the killer application for 2011 is …

I’m very excited to have had my first re-tweet, so today’s post develops the thought further. The retweet was of an economist article which, in contrast to the emerging consensus that traditional telephone calls are dead quotes a recent Ofcom … Continue reading

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