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Google launched free Wi-Fi service in its hometown of Mountain View, Calif., and says it has no intention of building a nationwide Wi-Fi network. ...

A federal judge ruled that the National Security Agency's program of wiretapping Americans without a warrant is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to the program. ...

More bad news from CA: The software company says it will cut 1,700 jobs, or 10.5% of its workforce, and reports that first-quarter net income fell 64%. ...

Cashing in on her 15 minutes of fame, Dianah Neff quit as CIO of Philadelphia, where she led the fight for a municipal Wi-Fi network, to become a consultant advising cities on technologies like (you guessed it) Wi-Fi. ...

The U.S. Commerce Department renewed its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, so ICANN will manage Web domain names for another five years. ...

Bidding for wireless spectrum in the FCC's auction passed the $10 billion mark last week, with cellular companies such as T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless in the lead. ...

Sony is dropping out of the desktop monitor market in the face of stiff price competition, say resellers briefed on the move.