Pandora touts more than 150 million users

By on May 9, 2012 at 10:05 PM.

Pandora touts more than 150 million users

Pandora has more than 150 million listeners

According to CEO Joe Kennedy, Pandora has surpassed 150 million users in the United States and is the second most downloaded app in the history of Apple’s App Store, CNET reported on Wednesday. The Internet radio service has big plans for the future and is working with automakers to integrate the service into virtually all future vehicles. “We truly believe this is just the beginning,” Kennedy said at the CTIA Wireless trade show in New Orleans. Over the past year, the company has faced increased competition from streaming service Spotify, however it doesn’t seem to have affected Pandora’s continued growth. More →

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AT&T shared family data plans coming soon

By on May 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM.

AT&T shared family data plans coming soon

AT&T shared family data plans coming soon

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega said he feels good about the future of the company’s shared family data plans. “I’m very comfortable with the plan that will be offered to our customers,” de la Vega told CNET at the CTIA Wireless trade show. The comments mark a 180-degree reversal from previous statements the CEO made in January. De la Vega had said the company had run into complications over IT and billing issues, as well as complications regarding how the carrier would subsidize devices. “We want to make sure we get it right,” he said in January. A shared data plan would allow families to buy a larger bucket of data that can be shared by multiple devices, like a pool of voice minutes. The executive wouldn’t comment further on specifics and only said plans will be available in the coming months, though AT&T may be looking to beat Verizon Wireless to the punch. More →

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Google Nexus tablet ‘a done deal,’ report says

By on March 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM.

Google Nexus tablet ‘a done deal,’ report says

Google chairman Eric Schmidt started a firestorm when he was quoted saying the company planned to “market a tablet of the highest quality.” Since then, speculation surrounding a Google-branded slate has nearly spiraled out of control. DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim recently fueled the fire, suggesting that a Nexus-branded tablet will enter production in April for an initial run of between 1.5 million and 2 million units. Further reports also suggested that the Mountain View-based company had reached out to ASUS to design the Google-branded slate based on its Eee Pad MeMo tablet. Now, a new rumor suggests that ASUS has scrapped its $249 MeMo to focus solely on the “Nexus tablet.” Read on for more. More →

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President Bill Clinton to deliver CTIA keynote

By on March 15, 2012 at 7:30 AM.

President Bill Clinton to deliver CTIA keynote

The CTIA on Monday announced that President Bill Clinton will be the final keynote speaker at this year’s International CTIA Wireless event in New Orleans, Louisiana. President Clinton will “share his unique perspective on preparing leaders to meet the challenges of global interdependence and implementing innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.” His address will come on the third and final day of the event and run from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. CDT. The International CTIA Wireless convention is scheduled to take place from May 8th through May 10th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. As always, we will be on hand to bring you all the news as it breaks. Read on for the CTIA’s press release. More →

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