Stephen LawsonSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage, and networking technologies for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

Disk giants raise the hard-drive banner at a flash storage powwow

The newly formed Storage Products Association aims to raise the profile of spinning disks amid a flash craze.

AT&T to acquire prepaid mobile carrier Leap Wireless

AT&T plans to acquire Leap Wireless, operator of the Cricket prepaid mobile service, in what would be the latest consolidation of the U.S. mobile industry.

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U.S. carriers line up against texting while driving

The major U.S. mobile operators are all putting their weight behind a campaign against texting while driving that will include a blitz of advertising and a driving simulator touring the country this summer.

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U.S. carriers set up warnings to prevent 'bill shock'

U.S. mobile operators will warn subscribers when they're heading toward a big bill, after most carriers agreed to send email or text alerts when users are about to exceed their monthly usage limits or start using international roaming.

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AT&T looks to Wi-Fi for international roaming

AT&T's addition of Boingo Wireless Wi-Fi hotspots to its international roaming coverage may point toward the future of mobile data across borders.

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Cisco to sell Linksys home networking business to Belkin

Cisco Systems plans to sell its Linksys home networking business to Belkin International for an undisclosed sum under an agreement that includes cooperation between the companies on software, service-provider products and other areas.

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Obama tech adviser says re-election sets stage for progress on spectrum

Federal initiatives to make more spectrum available for mobile services are likely to take off running after President Barack Obama's re-election on Tuesday, a member of a presidential technology commission said.

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Mobile networks almost back to pre-Hurricane Sandy reliability

Cellular coverage for some carriers approached normal levels in the northeastern U.S. a week after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, but some areas remained cut off from mobile service because of ongoing power and telecommunications outages.

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Apple financial data may be unsealed in Samsung case

Information about sales, profits and margins for specific Apple products should be made public, the judge hearing the company's lawsuit against Samsung Electronics ruled on Wednesday, though a higher court's decision could keep the data from ever being revealed.

FCC chief details spectrum plan to boost high-speed services in 2015

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski detailed plans on Thursday to free up more wireless spectrum that carriers say they need to offer high-speed mobile services.

Birdeez app flies toward birdwatchers' iPhones

Using the phone's location awareness and calendar, Birdeez can build a customized list of species that a birder is likely to see

T-Mobile USA invites iPhone users to HSPA+ networks

As the latest iPhone went on sale Friday, with T-Mobile USA once again left out of the party, the fourth-place U.S. carrier started turning on a network that is designed to offer high data rates on unlocked iPhones.

Apple's LTE move with iPhone 5 leaves Europe on the back burner

While Apple is moving to LTE with the iPhone 5, it's focused for now on North America and advanced Asian markets, leaving Europe's most important LTE bands behind.

US may ease up on in-flight use of electronics

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is taking a new look at the use of portable electronics on airplanes, seeking public comments starting this week and...

Trial with Samsung reveals Apple's 7-inch iPad vision, 'Purple Project'

Among the testimony to come out of the Samsung-Apple trial last week: Apple considered developing a car or a camera after seeing the iPod's success, and in early 2011 one of its top executives recommended making a 7-inch iPad.