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Verizon Communications (VZ)

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 1:48 PM
    The amount of data that downloaded to mobile devices doubled since last year, heavily driven by video streams, according to Cisco's (CSCO) Visual Networking Index. Although the carriers have spent billions on network upgrades, the effort's been "akin to putting a big fire out with a garden hose."
    | Dec. 28, 2010, 1:48 PM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 28, 2010, 1:16 PM
    As part of its "hotzones" initiative, AT&T (T +0.1%) is expanding Wi-Fi access to subscribers in New York and San Francisco. The Wi-Fi service complements its existing 3G cellular network by targeting areas high in subscriber density. But nothing can stop the explosion of bandwidth-hogging apps and devices.
    | Dec. 28, 2010, 1:16 PM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 28, 2010, 12:55 PM
    BTIG initiates coverage of Clearwire's (CLWR) 8.25% exchangeable notes due in 2040 with a Buy, noting they are less volatile than the company's shares. Sprint (S) will probably buy Clearwire in 2011 for at least $15/share to lay hands on its valuable spectrum. Clearwire is +0.7% and Sprint is -0.3%.
    | Dec. 28, 2010, 12:55 PM | Comment!
  • Dec. 28, 2010, 12:06 PM
    Ailing Nokia Siemens (NOK, SI) expects a Q1 wrap for its $1.2B acquisition of the Motorola (MOT) Networks business. It had originally set a 2010 deadline, but it needs Chinese anti-monopoly regulatory clearance. The buyout may allow Nokia-Siemens to gain a foothold in both the Japanese and U.S. wireless markets.
    | Dec. 28, 2010, 12:06 PM | Comment!
  • Dec. 28, 2010, 11:11 AM
    Apple (AAPL +0.4%) tops its 52-week high of $325.72/share, and may even hit a $300B valuation. No suprise: Apple is a unique high tech giant that can "generate consistent high growth, strong profits and a steady stream of must-have new products." Some think it will top Exxon (XOM) as most valuable U.S. firm.
    | Dec. 28, 2010, 11:11 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 28, 2010, 10:23 AM
    Sources say Apple (AAPL +0.1%) will ship 3 different models of the iPad 2 in 2011. Among other changes, Apple reportedly will be working with telecoms to beef up the iPad's wireless capabilities. The new device will also be smudge- and reflection- resistant to compete better against the Kindle (AMZN -0.4%).
    | Dec. 28, 2010, 10:23 AM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 24, 2010, 4:51 PM
    Google (GOOG), Verizon (BZ), and defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) are among the  companies involved in the top-secret NORAD Tracks Santa project, which now has a Twitter account, a Facebook page, a Youtube channel and apps for mobile phones, along with a website and the phone line, 877-HI NORAD.
    | Dec. 24, 2010, 4:51 PM | Comment!
  • Dec. 23, 2010, 12:02 PM
    Looking to potentially IPO next year, Skype is suffering a black eye as it struggles to fix a major service outage that began yesterday. Skype attributes this failure to the crash of several of its 'supernodes.' Currently, eBay (EBAY -0.4%) owns a 30% stake in the company.
    | Dec. 23, 2010, 12:02 PM | Comment!
  • Dec. 23, 2010, 10:55 AM
    In 2011, T-Mobile (DTEGY.PK) will unveil a network upgrade that boosts existing speeds by up to double, says an executive. It also will come with smartphones enabled for integration into the new service. And T-Mobile will go 'big' on Android (GOOG), 4G speeds, and tablet devices.
    | Dec. 23, 2010, 10:55 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 23, 2010, 8:17 AM
    The FCC's new net neutrality framework apparently pleases nobody. The ISPs think it will cut profits, with Verizon (VZ) saying it's 'deeply concerned.' Neutrality advocates are miffed that it doesn't cover wireless networks and it offers loopholes.
    | Dec. 23, 2010, 8:17 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 22, 2010, 11:55 AM
    Motorola (MOT +1%) buys Zecter, a startup whose technology enables the wireless streaming of digital media, for undisclosed terms. Zecter will become part of Motorola Mobility, due to spin off next month.
    | Dec. 22, 2010, 11:55 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 22, 2010, 10:50 AM
    Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) will offer a smartphone from Motorola (MOT) to run on its new 4G network. This indicates Verizon's tight relationship with Motorola will continue in some form when Motorola Mobility launches next month. Verizon is also expected to sell the iPhone (AAPL) early in 2011.
    | Dec. 22, 2010, 10:50 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 21, 2010, 6:15 PM
    Net neutrality rules are hardly a "threat to freedom" - they're a toothless compromise crafted with the goal of winning the approval of corporate interests, Timothy Karr writes. Indeed, nearly all affected stocks rose today. ISPs and wireless carriers: CMCSA +1.5%, VZ +0.6%, T -0.2%, TWC +0.9%, S +0.9%. Content streamers: NFLX +4.6%, GOOG +1.3%, AMZN +0.8%.
    | Dec. 21, 2010, 6:15 PM | 6 Comments
  • Dec. 21, 2010, 3:16 PM
    Sprint (S) is +1.2% after naming as new CFO Joseph Euteneuer, currently the CFO for Qwest (Q +0.6%). Euteneuer succeeds current CFO Bob Brust, who is retiring. Euteneuer's transfer will be delayed unto Qwest's merger with CenturyLink (CTL +1.2%) wraps. (PR)
    | Dec. 21, 2010, 3:16 PM | Comment!
  • Dec. 21, 2010, 12:24 PM
    By 2014, 1 in 5 Americans will own a tablet PC, with 37% using them for business, says Harris Interactive. Enterprise-friendly Research in Motion (RIMM -0.4%) may soon have a leg up over rivals. To maintain its 95% tablet market share, Apple (AAPL +0.5%) will have to sell corporations on the iPad.
    | Dec. 21, 2010, 12:24 PM | 2 Comments
  • Dec. 21, 2010, 11:59 AM
    With the FCC ready to enact net neutrality, 'alarm bells' are ringing, says Craig Pirrong. Price controls are a bad idea, nor does the FCC have web jurisdiction. And the "potential for regulatory mischief inherent in net neutrality is great."
    | Dec. 21, 2010, 11:59 AM | 1 Comment
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Company Description
Verizon Communications Incis a provider of communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses and governmental agencies. Its two segments are Wireless and Wireline.