AT&T has reportedly joined Verizon Communications in putting in a bid for Yahoo, reversing an earlier decision against pursuing the company. Industry observers suggest that AT&T wants Yahoo's core Internet business to link the telecom's mobile video service with Yahoo's advertising technology, as well as to respond to Verizon's ownership of AOL. AT&T is not commenting on the report.
PayPal will abandon its support for mobile apps on Windows Phone, Amazon Fire and BlackBerry devices as of June 30, the Internet payment firm announced, saying users will need to work through their phones' Web browsers. PayPal will "remain committed" to serving mobile devices.
Smaller wireless companies will get a chance to bid on $2 billion worth of Connect America Fund grants over 10 years under new guidelines for broadband providers the Federal Communications Commission approved Wednesday. The funds, aimed at bringing broadband to rural and other isolated areas, represent the money the major carriers turned down.
A pair of startups have unveiled disparate wireless charging products: Energysquare, a French company seeking to fund its business through Kickstarter, and Energous, a US company that has won federal regulators' certification for its WattUp technology.
AT&T is working to bring its DIRECTV service to vehicles via a cellular network, although the telecom has yet to set a timeline for the integration, Senior Vice President Chris Penrose said. The company recently unveiled a data program for connected cars, offering service for $40 per month.
Google hopes to convince carriers to upgrade the Android devices they sell to the latest version, per a report, which notes that Google makes more money when carriers can offer subscribers its newest features. Google is also said to be making it publicly known which companies are dragging their feet.
Google announced a series of mobile-friendly changes to its ad business, including more location-based features for AdWords and the ability to specify bids to a device. The changes will also include longer header and description character limits for search ads and more ad options on Google Maps.
Microsoft will further retreat from making smartphones, saying it will exit the consumer business, shed nearly 2,000 jobs and take a charge of about $950 million as it unwinds from its ill-fated purchase of Nokia. The company intends to concentrate its smartphone efforts in areas where it has "differentiation," mainly the business sector.
Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam offered a preview of the telecom's second-quarter results, acknowledging that the six-week-old strike at the company may be a damper on its efforts. "We're doing a lot of installations but we're not doing the same volume as we were before," McAdam said. He said he remained upbeat about the prospects of Verizon's Go90 mobile video service, but he conceded that the launch may have been a bit "over-hyped."
T-Mobile says it has joined with startup Twilio to provide cellular links for Internet of Things deployments as an alternative to tapping into Wi-Fi networks. Also at T-Mobile, Senior Vice President Dave Mayo said the carrier sees the need to deploy small-cell systems in some large urban areas ahead of completing 5G networks.
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