Finland promises broadband for all

Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness... and broadband. Yup, the Finnish government is planning to make broadband internet access a legal right for all its 5.3 million citizens.

AT&T slates Google Voice: nun today, nun tomorrow

Giant telephone company AT&T sent a lengthy letter to the Federal Communications Commission yesterday attacking Google by accusing it of double standards for openness.

Wi-Fi Alliance promotes peer to peer Wi-Fi Direct

The Wi-Fi Alliance said it is close to releasing the final spec for wi-fi devices to connect directly to each other.

Social Networking helps you dodge the law

And we thought we were cynics. Honestly, we're like babes in the wood compared to this lot.

WiMAX has failed, industry guru claims

Hermann Hauser, the man who span off ARM from Acorn and later CSR, said at a roundtable today here in Paris that WiMAX has failed.

How Google buys companies

Wesley Chan, director and lead voice strategist for Google, today told a bunch of hopeful entrepreneurs how to persuade Google to buy their companies. The answer seems to be to really annoy the company's top brass.

Cisco expands management from 10 to 2,500 people

Mohsen Moazami, VP of Cisco's internet business solutions group, told the Etre conference today that it has devolved its management from 10 top stars 10 years ago to 2,500 to 3,000 people now.

Carla Bruni victim of own success

She has everything, looks, fame, Napoleonesque husband, but Carla Bruni can't get a website running to save her life.

Global broadband quality improves - but not enough

The quality of broadband in the US is lower than that in Lithuania, Bulgaria and Latvia, according to a report commissioned by Cisco.

Cisco eats up Tandberg at $3 billion tag

Giant networking company Cisco said it has bought Norwegian firm Tandberg for $3 billion.

How Smart are Twitter's Investors?

Opinion Twitter is all the rage. And while it's great fun, is it really worth $1 billion, which is what the Wall Street Journal pegs it at after a $100 million investment led by T. Rowe Price and Insight Venture Partners last week?

Private Clouds are SaaS's future enemy

The Great Recession has taken its toll on IT vendors. Loads of companies have lost money. Too many to count failed to meet Wall Street’s insane profit expectations. Their layoffs put thousands of smart workers on the street. It’s been devastating.

AMD bullish about server market

Chip firm AMD is holding an alternative event just a block away from the Intel Developer Forum and wheeling in stray hacks off the street, briefing them about the stuff it makes.

Facebook trips the Lite fantastic

Social networking site Facebook has introduced a slim down version of Facebook aimed at people with slow net connections.

Networking companies sued over network patent

A case started in a Delaware district court on the 4th of September, alleging many of the most important networking companies in the world breached an existing patent.

Mingleverse promises live 3D telecomms

A startup is set to launch a system which combines 3D voice, good audio and visual telecommunications to connect people across countries and continents.

US Telcos call for lower broadband speeds

US telcos have hit on a clever idea to provide universal broadband to every US citizen - they're calling on the government to define broadband as anything over 768 Kbps downstream and 200 Kbps upstream.

Google Gmail outage was a very Big Deal

Pressure on Google servers caused the 100 minute outage of Gmail yesterday and the company has gone out of its way to Google Grovel about the problem.

Doctors dubious about internet health information

People are increasingly surfing the internet in search of health information - and doctors aren't always best pleased.

Amazon launches virtual private cloud

It sounds rather lovely: Amazon Web Services is to offer security-conscious organizations their own private cloud-within-a-cloud.