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A Gold Rush Hits Wireless Spectrum

The U.S. government’s first major auction of wireless airwaves since 2008 has speculators panning for gold.

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An Open Spectrum Auction Is Best for Consumers and Public Safety

The spectrum to be auctioned has been estimated to be worth as much as $36 billion to wireless companies.
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The FCC Must Stay on Course on Mobile Competition

The FCC is trying to make more public airwaves available for mobile broadband, while two dominant players currently control 80 percent of the most valuable frequencies.
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FCC Schedules First Major Spectrum Auction in More Than Five Years

The commission set a minimum price of $1.56 billion for the airwaves, known as the PCS H block.
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“Luminary” Access Site IfOnly Officially Launches With $3M in Funding From Tech Luminaries

Delivering the A-List to the masses?
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Yahoo’s Former GC Callahan Places His Bid With Online Real Estate Marketplace Auction.com

The self-effacing lawyer is ripe for some disruption in an old industry.
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Antiques for Geeks: Christie’s Auctions Vintage Apple Computers

As legend has it, the first Apple AAPL computers were made in 1976 in the garage belonging to Steve Jobs’s parents. Of that run of roughly 200 Apple 1s, only a few working models remain. One is currently up for auction at Christie’s.

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Hulu Bids Depend on TV-Show Rights

The big media companies that created Hulu endowed the online video provider with arguably its most valuable asset: Access to the current seasons of hit network-TV shows.

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For $90,000, This Had Better Not Be Held in Yahoo’s URL’s Cafeteria

Charitybuzz announced today that Ralph C. Martin, CEO of the German promotional risk management firm Emirat AG, had won the auction for an hourlong lunch with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer with a high bid of $90,000. But not just lunch! According to the auction’s fine print, “Winner may take a photo with Marissa Mayer.” Also, “Winning bidder subject to security screening. We expect all winning bidders to conduct themselves appropriately.” The proceeds from this safe and civil bread-breaking will benefit the Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School.

For Sale: Old Apple, Very Expensive

One of Steve Jobs’s first computers might sell for more than $500,000.
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