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Verizon reports growth in Fios, wireless

Verizon Communications posted net income of US$1.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2008, up slightly from the fourth quarter of 2007, with growth in wireless and broadband services buoying the company.

Sprint Nextel to lay off about 8,000 workers

Sprint Nextel, after a huge loss during the first three quarters of 2008, will lay off about 8,000 employees as part of an effort to cut annual costs by US$1.2 billion, the company announced Monday.

Bugs in tech documentation continue to rise

The number of bugs in technical documentation for Microsoft communication protocols continues to grow, according to court documents filed for ongoing antitrust oversight of the company in the US.

US high court refuses Internet age restrictions case

The US Supreme Court has refused to resurrect a law requiring Web sites containing "material harmful to minors" to restrict access based on age, presumably ending a 10-year fight over whether the law violated free speech rights.

Web users all a Twitter during inauguration

Live coverage of U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration on myriad of television stations and Web sites Tuesday wasn't enough for Twitter users. They had at least four channels of live commentary running throughout the day.

US businesses concerned about ICANN changes

Some Internet-based businesses in the US would support the splitting of the domain-name governance system instead of allowing an agreement between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the US government to end later this...

Dell reorganizes business sales units

Dell will reorganize its divisions focused on selling to business customers, with the new units focused on types of customers instead of geographic regions, the company announced Wednesday.

11 in China sentenced for software piracy

A court in Shenzhen, China, sentenced 11 members of a software counterfeiting operation Wednesday, with the defendants getting between one and a half and six and half years in prison, according to Microsoft.

Obama transforms Web-based politics

US President-elect Barack Obama showed other politicians how to harness the power of the Web in 2008, bringing political campaigns kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Auditor: IRS doesn't check cyberaudit logs

The US Internal Revenue Service's IT staff hasn't routinely checked its cybersecurity audit logs, according to a report released this week by the agency's inspector general's office.

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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