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Jul 11, 2012

Digital train tickets to replace paper for some New Yorker commuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Some New York commuters may soon consider paper railroad passes and lines at ticket vending machines annoyances of the past now that smartphones can be used to pay for the train to work.

Metro-North Railroad, the nation’s second-largest commuter rail line, said on Wednesday that next month it is starting a mobile ticketing pilot program that allows passengers to buy and display tickets on their iPhone, Android or BlackBerry smartphones.

Jul 11, 2012

Digital train tickets to replace paper for some NY commuters

NEW YORK, July 11 (Reuters) – Some New York commuters may
soon consider paper railroad passes and lines at ticket vending
machines annoyances of the past now that smartphones can be used
to pay for the train to work.

Metro-North Railroad, the nation’s second-largest commuter
rail line, said on Wednesday that next month it is starting a
mobile ticketing pilot program that allows passengers to buy and
display tickets on their iPhone, Android or BlackBerry
smartphones.

Jul 10, 2012
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Jul 2, 2012

Micron to buy Japanese chip maker Elpida

By Noel Randewich and Sinead Carew

(Reuters) – Micron Technology Inc will buy failed Japanese chipmaker Elpida Memory Inc for about $750 million in cash, pushing Micron into second place behind market leader Samsung Electronics in the market for DRAM memory chips.

Micron shares rose 5 percent in premarket trading after news of the deal, which will give it chip manufacturing assets at a heavily discounted price and boost its cashflow.

Jun 21, 2012
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Swipp looks to quantify your comments

Silicon Valley start-up Swipp says it has raised $3.5 million in funding from venture firm Old Willow Partners, an early investors in Groupon. It will use the cash to develop and launch its first products sometime in late fall. On the subject of what exactly those products will be, Chief Executive and co-founder Don Thorson was cagey. But it seems like he’s aiming to create a social network where it would be easier for consumers and merchants to analyze or make money from data than on say Twitter or Facebook.

“With (so many) people connected we should be able to do so much more than just tell each other where we’re having lunch,” said the executive, adding that conversations on social networks like Facebook and Twitter are “pretty cool stuff but not meaningful data. The bigger the network gets the smarter it should get.”

Jun 20, 2012
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Jun 12, 2012

Verizon hikes data fees in pricing revamp

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Verizon Wireless is undertaking a massive overhaul of its prices by raising fees for data services like mobile web surfing while giving everybody unlimited calls and texts, as it aims to increase data revenue and protect its older business lines.

The biggest U.S. mobile operator is also letting customers use their data allowance for multiple devices in the hope of enticing them to connect more gadgets like tablet computers to its network with the new plans as customers will now be able to avoid paying separate data subscriptions for each device.

Jun 1, 2012

AT&T says rural lines sale may be too difficult

NEW YORK, June 1 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc Chief Executive
Randall Stephenson said on Friday that a sale of rural phone
lines may be too difficult to pull off because of regulatory
hurdles.

Stephenson had said in January that the company would review
the future of its roughly 20 million rural telephone lines,
including the possibility for a sale.

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      "Sinead is a telecommunications industry correspondent. Her coverage area spans U.S. service providers, cellphone makers and chip makers. Before joining Reuters in 2002, she covered technology and telecoms for various trade publications."
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