The Circuit: SOTU preview, Verizon earnings and outages, T-Mobile losing customers to iPhone
LEADING THE DAY: President Obama gives his State of the Union address today and while tech will hardly be the focus of the night, The Washington Post says the president will focus on competitiveness and innovation in his speech, and the list of guests who will be sitting with first lady Michelle Obama include Ursula Burns, chief executive of Xerox, and a handful of science bowl and science fair participants.
Weigh in over at 44, the Post's presidential blog, where they're asking readers to complete the sentence "The State of the Union is ____." by tweeting with the hashtag #mysotu.
Verizon earnings, hit by outages in VA and NC: Verizon revenues for the fourth quarter were below projections but the company also reported that it added 872,000 smart-phone subscribers, according to the AP. Revenue fell 2.6 percent from a similar time period last year to $26.4 billion.
Verizon customers suffered from outages across Virginia and North Carolina yesterday, sparking concern over how the iPhone will affect the company's network. While local news station WTKR reported that service has been restored to those areas, there has been no word on what caused the outages. Service was out from 1 to 3:50 p.m.
T-Mobile loses customers to the iPhone: According to the blog Cult of Mac, T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm told investors Thursday that of the 2 percent of customers the company loses per month, 10 percent have been going to AT&T for the iPhone. Perhaps to counter that, T-Mobile is launching a line of sub-$100 Android smartphones.
Huawei in court over Motorola: Chinese tech giant Huawei is suing to stop former partner Motorola from sharing its secrets with a rival company. As The Washington Post reports, the company alleged that it had provided Motorola with $878 million of equipment and technology for wireless networks and that Motorola is going to hand over its secrets to competitor Nokia Siemens. Nokia Siemens announced plans last year to buy Motorola's networking equipment business for $1.2 billion.
Huawei filed its complaint Monday in federal court in Chicago. It's one of the first times a Chinese company has sued a Western firm over breach of intellectual property agreements.
Twitter to triple revenue in 2011: Twitter is expected to triple its revenue, according to an analysis from eMarketer. According to the article, the majority of the expected $150 million in revenue will come from the U.S. and may possibly grow to $250 billion -- if the company can continue to grow its user base.
Consumer Watchdog asks for Google probe: Consumer Watchdog sent a report to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asking for a probe into the relationship between the Obama administration and Google. According to a release from Consumer Watchdog, the report details "how Google has inappropriately, benefited from its close ties to the Obama Administration, including how NASA’s Moffett Airfield, near Google’s world headquarters, has been turned into a taxpayer-subsidized private airport for Google executives used for corporate junkets."
A Google spokesperson responded to the accusations in NetworkWorld, accusing Consumer Watchdog of being funded by Google's competitors. Consumer Watchdog denied those claims.
Lightsquared agrees to solve GPS issues: In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, Lightsquared has agreed to work out possible issues between its satellites and global-positioning system (GPS) satellites. Earlier this month, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration sent a letter to the FCC expressing concerns from the military that the company's planned network would interfere with the system's spectrum. LightSquared Chief Executive Officer Sanjiv Ahuja said in a letter Friday that the company would hold off on any commercial plans until the FCC says there are no problems.
Facebook Credits mandatory for developers: Facebook has made it mandatory for all developers to use its Facebook Credit system starting July 1. According to a post in the Facebook Developers blog, the system is currently used in more than 350 applications from 150 developers, and in more than 70 percent of virtual goods transactions on Facebook. An article from GigaOM says that this could be just the first step the social network makes toward offering more goods and services in the future.
| January 25, 2011; 9:00 AM ET
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