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.

More AT&T customers switch to paying for their phones

Most new postpaid smartphone users are choosing monthly payments over subsidized prices

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Mobile gadgets outnumber people in these 7 countries

Wireless has passed 100 percent penetration in the US and six other countries.

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Google may bring Wi-Fi to New York City pay phones

The company went to a meeting on the city's plan for 'communication points' with free Wi-Fi.

Samsung, ARM, and Nest launch Thread, a low-power network for the smart home

Products based on the networking specification are due next year

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AT&T executive: Standalone wearables coming this year

Glenn Lurie, partnership chief for the telecom giant, doesn't think wearables can break through until they can work without a phone.s

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Samsung looks to backyard projects for IoT inspiration

The company's Silicon Valley lab uses hobbyist development techniques

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Security-focused Blackphones launch in three weeks, designed to lock down data

Carriers in Europe and the Americas have committed to selling the secure handset, Silent Circle and Geeksphone say

AT&T: Phone buyers are hanging up on subsidies

Almost 3 million people picked the installment plan in the first quarter, according to the carrier's quarterly results.

Would Amazon dare to make a phone? Of course

Entering the smartphone business now would be a long shot, but that's Amazon's specialty these days.

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AT&T cites power problem in U-verse outage

Some users say the outage lasted about three hours and affected both TV and Internet service

AT&T lets travelers roam on LTE in 13 more countries

Japan, South Korea, Spain, France and Russia are among the new places for fast foreign roaming.

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Focus may be on cable, but Comcast-Time Warner deal has broadband implications, too

The buyout might improve service for some,but it would give a larger Comcast more control over users' broadband experience.

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LA building's lights interfere with cellular network, FCC says

The FCC has cited the owner of a Los Angeles building for using faulty fluorescents after a complaint form a carrier.

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Verizon to stream Super Bowl over LTE Multicast for a lucky few

The low-latency, high-efficiency technology will be available at a private event in New York

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Zynga to buy 'Clumsy Ninja' developer for $527 million, cut 314 jobs

The company says it's shooting for more hit games and greater efficiency.

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