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Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld.

McDonald's free Wi-Fi part of growing trend

The decision by McDonald's to offer free Wii-Fi in more than 11,000 of its U.S. restaurants in January is part of a growing trend that includes several smaller restaurant chains that already offer free wireless connectivity.

With 3G ad lawsuits pulled, so too are more punches to AT&T's eye

The resolution of the legal tiff between AT&T and Verizon means that Apple's exclusive iPhone partner in the U.S. avoids giving itself an even bigger black eye than it has gotten from many iPhone users, who have complained about inadequate network coverage from the company.

Judge denies AT&T's request to stop Verizon 3G map ads

A judge denied AT&T's request to stop ads from Verizon Wireless that Apple's iPhone partner had called "misleading."

Smartphone sales up 13 percent in third quarter

Gartner and IDC, using different counting methods, both report strong growth of smartphone sales in the third quarter. Apple ranked third behind Nokia and Research in Motion.

AT&T: iPhone tethering still coming, but no date set

AT&T Monday reiterated its plans to offer tethering on the iPhone, but again gave no date when that might happen—more than a year after the carrier first said tethering would be coming "soon."

Could H1N1 flu make the Internet sick?

Could the H1N1 flu virus give networks a bad case of congestion? It could if workers and students are forced to stay home because of the pandemic.

Apple and iPhone leave Verizon still a bridesmaid, not a bride

Verizon Wireless is still hoping to sell the iPhone, but is waiting on word from Apple, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg said.

AT&T weighs higher fees for data hogs

AT&T is finalizing a plan that could impose higher fees on big data users, subject to rules that may come from federal regulators regarding net neutrality.

AT&T exec implies iPhone exclusivity in U.S. to end

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega strongly implied today that the carrier's exclusive deal to sell the iPhone in the U.S. is ending.

Bump app draws buzz at CTIA

A free iPhone social networking application called Bump for quick sharing of personal contact information and photos created a buzz at the CTIA International wireless conference.

Verizon-Apple deal less likely after Google move?

IDC analysts say that the announcement that Verizon and Google plan to bring more Android smartphones to market means Verizon is less likely to sell the iPhone any time soon.

Android to grab No. 2 spot by 2012, says Gartner

While the Google-backed Android mobile operating system currently runs on less than 2 percent of all smartphones, Gartner predicts it will surge to 14 percent of the global smartphone market in 2012.

Analyst: Apple could sell more iPhones by ending exclusive AT&T deal

Morgan Stanley's Kathryn Huberty believes that Apple's share of the handset market in the U.S. could more than double if it opened sales of the iPhone through more carriers. to pay $150,000 to settle suit challenging take-back of 1984 has settled a lawsuit seeking damages from its decision to delete the novels 1984 and Animal Farm from the Kindle devices of its users.

App Store success could change software-buying habits

With 2 billion iPhone apps now downloaded, the performance of the App Store is staggering to even normally reserved analysts, Computerworld's Matt Hamblen says.