Growth of international bandwidth is no longer just a traditional carrier's game, but increasingly a factor for content providers like Google, Microsoft and Facebook when expanding their internal networks.
Apple is stepping up its recruitment of payment executives as part of an effort to gain a stronger foothold in the mobile and electronic payments market, according to a Re/code report.
AT&T is doubling down on fiber to the home (FTTH)-based service, announcing an initiative to expand its fiber network to up to 100 of what it calls candidate cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas.
According to a detailed report from the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google are battling each other for the most popular mobile games. Each company wants to offer its respective users the latest and greatest mobile games, and both are offering mobile gaming developers promotional incentives to encourage them to focus only on iOS (for Apple) or Android (for Google) with their game launches.
Google Fiber has taken another step forward in its proposed move to bring its 1 Gbps service to Portland, Ore., by crafting a tentative franchise agreement with the city, reports The Oregonian. This is one of the first major cities where it has signed such an agreement.
Facebook will reportedly launch its own mobile advertising network later this month, according to multiple reports. The action will put Facebook in direct competition with Google's AdMob, Millennial Media, Apple's iAd and other mobile ad networks.
Google's Project Loon airborne Internet tests have reportedly expanded to the Nevada desert, where the company is relying upon paired radio spectrum that is commonly used for LTE transmissions.
Google Fiber's initial focus of its 1 Gbps fiber to the premises (FTTP) service has been on the residential market, but it looks like it is going to finally begin testing a new small business product in Kansas City, reports the Kansas City Business Journal.
Google's acqusition of drone maker Titan Aerospace, which followed Facebook's newly announced initiative with drone maker Ascenta, reflects tech magicians' visions for new ways of enabling Internet connectivity. But John Q. Public is less than enthusiastic about unmanned aerial vehicles, perhaps because drones can also serve as flying broomsticks for the wicked witches of surveillance.
Google reported first-quarter revenue that missed analysts' expectations, as the company's core advertising business continues to grapple with a decline in how much advertisers pay per click amid a shift in computing from desktop PCs to smartphones and tablets.