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- According to an IDC survey, 36% of all software installed worldwide last year was pirated. The number is 27% in the US.
- Verizon is accusing the FCC of a “multi-billion dollar giveaway” in the spectrum swap being offered Nextel. The FCC agreed today to give Nextel 10 megahertz of new spectrum at 1.9G hz. Nextel will turnover frequencies it’s currently using in the 800 Mhz band. Verizon plans to contest the swap in court, and Members of Congress are also thinking of blocking the deal. Nextel says the frequency change will cost it billions in new equipment. The FCC approved the swap to eliminate interference with public safety communications in the 800 mhz band.
- The Los Angeles city council is cracking down on Internet cafés in the wake of several shootings in the San Fernando Valley. The new regulations require cafes with at least five computers to eliminate closed booths, install security cameras and bar minors during school hours to prevent truancy.
- Yahoo announced its fifth straight wildly profitable quarter yesterday, but the stock went down because the company didn’t exceed analysts expectations. The Internet company showed a profit of $112.5 million on $832.3 million in revenue, twice the profits from this time last year.
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