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Amazon apparently feels that they own the word “Fire”

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KomoNews This site has discussed patent trolls a number of times. Now, it is time to give some love to trademark trolls. In the last few months, we have seen a company trademark “candy” and then sue others who used the word “candy” on their sites/products. Now, we have Amazon suing those with the word “fire” on their site. Over the last few months, Amazon has released a Fire Phone, Fire tablet and Fire TV. So, it makes perfect business sense for Amazon to file for an “Amazon Fire” trademark. Amazon also filed and received the trademark for the word “Fire” by itself….

Verizon sends $3,000 bill to business that doesn’t use Verizon

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Talking Points Memo recently received a bill from Verizon for $3,019.95. Considering TPM doesn’t use Verizon for any service (and hasn’t since 2012), they were a bit shocked to be receiving anything from Verizon. So, just call up Verizon and set things straight? “So after a little internal due diligence, someone on staff contacted Verizon basically to ask WTF was going on. Only they couldn’t tell us because for security reasons we need to confirm our identity with a number on a recent phone bill? But we can’t do that because … right we’re not a Verizon customer.” - TPM TPM wasn’t…

Data centers built into cellsites could boost mobile Internet speed

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Growing demand for mobile data connectivity has prompted device makers and networks to kick their speeds up a notch, especially with rich content like video conferencing and video streaming. However, even with increased bandwidth, there is still the problem of latency, which is mostly due to the lag in connectivity between the cell sites — radio towers that communicate with mobile devices — and the data centers that actually process and deliver the content. In the UK, mobile carrier Vodafone is experimenting with hosting small data centers directly at the cell sites, in a project done in collaboration with the…