Slacker radio combines satellite, Wi-Fi: An interesting mash-up of Internet radio, satellite downlink, and music player. The $150 to $300 models can download music conforming to customized or prefabricated "stations" via satellite or Wi-Fi networks. Satellite service launches later in the year. The device will ship in early summer. The Web site is live now.
Excellent explanation of 700 MHz upper band issues: Some companies and organizations want more public-safety spectrum allocated in the upper ranges of 700 MHz in order to offer a privately funded national network that can be used for commercial purposes with priority overrides in emergencies. Om Malik explains it all.
NTIA issues rule for analog-to-digital television conversion box coupons: When analog TV broadcasts end, those left with analog sets will get up to two $40 coupons from the US gummint to get converters. Feb. 17, 2009, is the day analog TV broadcasting dies.
Wi-Fi robot warriors: I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
JiWire wins Microsoft deal: The hotspot directory will power various Microsoft Wi-Fi listing engines, including hotspot.msn.com. (Disclosure: I have an exceedingly small financial interest in JiWire.)
Buenos Aires subway-Fi: Service expected in 70 stations through the Argentinean capital.