NYC mulls free 1Gbps Wi-Fi to replace phone booths (a glass box with a landline inside)

Pay-phones to be torn up and replaced with hotspots – plan

New York City could replace public pay-phones in five boroughs with Wi-Fi hubs to build a city-wide wireless internet network.…

NBN Co screws lid on FTTP coffin

Copper and HFC dominate in new corporate plan

NBN Co has set in place the new rollout principles announced last week, in the form of a new corporate plan.…

FCC: Gonna need y’all to cough up $1.5bn to put broadband in schools

Kids need more fiber, says Wheeler, and you’ll pay for it

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to spend $1.5bn on hooking up high-speed broadband to more American schools and libraries.…

Internet Society slams online ‘UN Security Council’ plan, snubs permanent seat offer

So, this is all going well, isn’t it?

The Internet Society has blasted efforts from some quarters to create a “UN Security Council” for the internet – which would rule over the online world.…

BURG launches”fashionable” $199 wearable device

BURG has launched a smartwatch for $199 that functions as a standalone phone but can also be paired with iPhones and Android phones through Bluetooth technology. The device is available at Walmart. As a standalone phone, it offers the capability …

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Holy cow! Fasthosts outage blamed on DDoS hack attack AND Windows 2003 vuln

Monday, bloody Monday

Fasthosts’ five-hour collapse today has been blamed on a Distributed Denial of Service attack and a security flaw spotted on its Windows 2003 shared web server kit.…

Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table

Killing off web service in 3 months… but app-happy bonkers are fine

If you sell digital goods on a website using Google Wallet to take payment, you have a little over three months to find an alternative.…

Nokia set to license brand to other handset makers

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri put a stop to rumours suggesting it might re-enter the handset business. But speaking in London at the vendor’s first capital markets day in five years, Suri confirmed the Nokia brand is to be re-licensed to appear on other smartphone makers’ devices.

Apple strikes China mobile payment deal

Smartphone giant Apple has announced the addition of UnionPay, the dominant Chinese debit and credit card payment organisation, as a payment option for Chinese App Store users, in what is likely to be a strategically significant move for Apple’s fortunes in the world’s largest smartphone market.