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Softbank Said to Be in Talks to Buy Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel Corp. says that it is talking with the Japanese cellphone company Softbank about making a potential substantial investment in the U.S. company, a deal that could involve a "change of control."

Wall Street Watch: Dycom Earnings a Bad Sign for the Telecom Biz

Dycom Industries may not be a household name, but behind the scenes, it does a lot of heavy lifting for the telecommunications industry. So its unusual earnings miss Tuesday night could mean the telephone, cable and utility companies that are its customers are having troubles of their own.

'I Was Scammed by Phone Crammers': True Stories

Cramming: It's a multibillion dollar con that cheats millions of Americans every year. But because it uses small charges, hidden as deceptively legit sounding fees embedded on phone bills, victims may not notice for months or years. DailyFinance's readers talk about how they got scammed -- and how they fought back.

Microsoft Unlikely to Boost Rates on Premium Skype Plan

Microsoft has a lot of plans for squeezing profits out of its $8.5 billion acquisition of Internet phone service Skype, but raising the rates on its premium VoIP service is unlikely to be among them, according to industry analysts.

10 Highest Dividend Stocks of the S&P

The S&P 500 is one of the most followed stock market index in the world. Mutual fund managers benchmark their returns against it, yet somehow the vast majority underperform the index every year. Many dividend investors choose to ignore the index, and instead focus on its components.

Got a 500-Square-Foot Patch? Rent It for a Cellular Tower

Do you have enough unused acreage on your homestead to accommodate the equivalent of two inflatable castle bounce houses? If so, you have enough space for a monopole cellular antenna tower, and the potential to collect anywhere from $500 to approximately $5,000 per month in rent.

Huawei Wins U.S. Injunction Against Motorola

Chinese telecom-equipment maker Huawei has won a preliminary U.S. court injunction barring Motorola, a Huawei vendor, from transferring confidential information to Nokia Siemens Networks as part of the sale of Motorola's network-equipment business to Nokia Siemens.

Four Tech Stocks to Bet On as Business Reboots IT Spending

With trillions of dollars sitting in corporate coffers, the spigots of capital flowing to technology are finally opening up again. Gartner Research projects 5.1% growth in information technology spending in 2011. So which companies' stocks should you buy to take advantage?

Tech Sector Job Cuts Fell to Lowest Level Since 2000

Job cuts in technology fields came to just under 47,000 last year, the lowest total for the sector since 2000, according to employment-services firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Better still, during the next 10 years, the sector is forecast to experience one of the fastest paces of job creation of any industry.

2011's Stealth Trend: Wireless Web Remakes the Rural World

If you want to know how the rural developing world could get cheap, easy wireless Internet access, just follow the money: Remittances to those regions total tens of billions each year, and the money flow isn't very efficient. The profits from micro-telcos taking over the business could prime the pump for an information revolution in the hinterlands.

European Melodrama Reveals a Shaky Economy

Europe is struggling with bloated deficits and austerity measures that are creating political unrest and discord. At risk is the very fiber of cooperation and teamwork that is the tenant of the European Union.

AT&T Dials In a Strong Third Quarter for Sales

AT&T posted strong third-quarter sales on the back of iPhone 4 transactions, exceeding Wall Street's revenue expectations and hitting its mark for earnings. The telecom said it activated 5.2 million iPhones during the period, the most in a quarter yet.

Skype's New CEO Has a Tough Job Ahead of Him

It's obvious why Tony Bates, the incoming CEO of Skype, was tapped for the gig: The upstart communications company needs a serious player at the helm to help it crack the corporate market. But solving the many problems of wild child Skype won't be easy for the ex-Cisco executive.

Hewlett-Packard to Launch Smartphone in 2011

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) will enter the smartphone market in early 2011 using the webOS software it acquired as part of its $1.2 billion purchase of Palm. "You will see us coming early next year with new phones," Senior Vice President Eric Cador said, according to Reuters.

Making a Well-Placed Bet on China's Growth

One Chinese company that stands to benefit from China's boom is tiny and little known COGO Group, which provides some of the nuts-and-bolts components and expertise that local manufacturers need to produce high-performance and top-quality products.

EarthLink to Buy ITC DeltaCom for $516 Million

EarthLink will acquire Southeastern telecom company ITC DeltaCom in a deal valued at $516 million, the Internet service provider announced Friday. Earthlink views the acquisition as an opportunity to grow its corporate business while reducing the cost of offering consumers Internet service.

Motorola Hits Huawei With Trade Secrets Lawsuit

Motorola has filed a lawsuit against Huawei Technologies, alleging the Chinese telecom giant conspired with Motorola employees over the past decade to steal trade secrets about its cellular network technology, according to a Reuters report.