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Google buys Softcard technology S.F. rolls out 3 miles of free Wi-Fi along Market Street Cisco spends nearly half $475M on Israeli wireless-network software maker BART set to adopt new cellphone policy  The agency is set to adopt a cellphone policy allowing police to turn off wireless communications on train platforms Verizon to start selling iPhone on Feb. 10  Verizon Wireless is giving U.S. iPhone buyers a choice of carriers for the first time Apple to make iPhone for Verizon Wireless Intel buying chip-maker's wireless unit  Intel Corp. is buying the wireless communications unit of Germany's Infineon Technologies AG for $1.4 billion in cash Verizon CEO Mum On Apple iPhone Plans  Ivan Seidenberg declined to say when—or even if—the popular smart phone will be available for Verizon Wireless customers Shares Hit Record On Verizon Report  Apple plans to release an iPhone this year that would work on the network technology used by Verizon Wireless. Shares rose as high as $237.48 Airport Moves To Offer Free WiFi  Officials are expected to approve a deal to provide travelers a free wireless Internet connection at the airport School Funding Plan Dials Up Critics Apple buys mobile ad firm  Quattro Wireless, the Waltham, Mass., mobile advertising firm, marks Apple's first direct foray into the field of advertising Employees testing new mobile device  A new mobile device runs on the company's Android operating system, as the search giant continues its push into the wireless market Cisco To Buy Starent Networks For $2.9B
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2016-09-07 Apple unveils new iPhone 7, wireless AirPods at event in San Francisco Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, SF Downtown
2. 2016-04-04 Brocade acquires a 'network onramp' with $1.5 billion acquisition of Ruckus Wireless San Jose
3. 2015-03-02 HP buys Aruba Networks in biggest deal since 2011 Sunnyvale
4. 2015-02-23 Google buys Softcard technology Google
F. 2013-12-16 S.F. rolls out 3 miles of free Wi-Fi along Market Street Market Street, SF Downtown
6. 2013-01-23 Cisco spends nearly half $475M on Israeli wireless-network software maker Cisco
H. 2011-12-01 BART set to adopt new cellphone policy BART
I. 2011-01-11 Verizon to start selling iPhone on Feb. 10 Apple
J. 2010-10-09 Apple to make iPhone for Verizon Wireless Apple

Brocade acquires a 'network onramp' with $1.5 billion acquisition of Ruckus Wireless  Brocade Communications said Monday it will acquire Ruckus Wireless in a $1.5 billion deal HP buys Aruba Networks in biggest deal since 2011
Apple unveils new iPhone 7, wireless AirPods at event in San Francisco Map of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco


year 2016 Top ^

Sep.7   SF Downtown
  Apple CEO Tim Cook wasn't the only famous person onstage. Shagiro Miyamoto introduced 'Super Mario Runs' for the iPhone.
Apr.4   San Jose


year 2015 Top ^

Mar.2   Sunnyvale
  Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company for about $2.7 billion. Aruba makes Wi-Fi networking systems for shopping malls

Feb.23   Google


year 2013 Top ^

Dec.16   SF Downtown
Jan.23   Cisco


year 2011 Top ^

Dec.1   BART  
Jan.11   Apple


year 2010 Top ^

Oct.9   Apple
Aug.30   Intel
Apr.6   Apple
Mar.30   Apple
Jan.24   SFO  
Jan.20   Walnut Creek
Jan.5   Apple


year 2009 Top ^

Dec.13   Google
Oct.13   Cisco
  Betting on the growing popularity of data-hungry phones like the iPhone, Cisco Systems is to buy a maker of equipment for wireless carriers


year 2008 Top ^

Jun.12   SF City Hall     Different sort of free Wi-Fi starts to thrive  Mayor Newsom said that citywide wireless Internet access is slowly becoming a reality despite political infighting Mar.24   Google     Google Wants TV 'White Space' for Wi-Fi  A week after losing in the spectrum auction, Google has started its plan to use TV unlicensed and unused airwaves to provide wireless Intern... Jan.25   Palm Palm closes retail stores, settles suit  Palm was closing 8 standalone Palm stores and 26 stores found inside Airport Wireless outposts

year 2007 Top ^

Dec.1   Google   Google plans to bid on wireless spectrum  Google is preparing to bid on some of the nation's airwaves in an upcoming government auction Oct.7   San Jose     Silicon Valley Still Reaching For Wi-Fi  The Vice President of Wireless Silicon Valley said that efforts to build a regional network in 40 cities, across 4 counties have not been ab... Sep.19   Concord   City Provides Free Wi-Fi To Residents  The city of Concord has blanketed almost 2/3 of its downtown and residential neighborhoods with wireless Internet access Aug.29   SF City Hall EarthLink Kills City Wi-Fi Deal
  The financially struggling Earthlink Inc. bowed out of a deal to join Google in providing free wireless Internet access throughout the city
Apr.1   Google   April Fool's Day Dives Into The Toilet  Senior executives launched their annual prank, posting a link to a site offering free high-speed wireless Internet through plumbing system

year 2006 Top ^

Jan.28   San Jose Silicon Valley eyes wireless network  Partnership raised about $60,000 for 1,500 square miles of broadband access

year 2005 Top ^

Dec.24   SF City Hall     City Seeks Wi-Fi Proposals For City
  The city issued a request for proposals to provide a 'free or affordable' city-wide wireless broadband network Nov.16   Mountain View Google, Mountain View Offer Free Wi-Fi Nov.6   Yahoo   Yahoo, Google to launch wireless services
  Yahoo and Google are taking advantage of advanced networks and cellphones
Oct.4   Google Bid For Free S.F. Wireless Confirmed Oct.1   San Francisco   Google Wants Free Wireless For City
  Google Inc.is creating a springboard for the search engine to leap into the telecommunications industry
Sep.1   San Francisco   Wi-Fi summit covers all bases  Dozens of Wi-Fi industry leaders learn more about the city's plan to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband access Aug.17   San Francisco   Process Begun To Make SF Wi-Fi  Mayor Newsom has announced the beginning of a process to make affordable wireless access available to anyone May.2   SF Castro   S.F. getting 2 new hot zones for Wi-Fi
  AnchorFree to offer wireless service to Fillmore and Castro neighborhoods for free


year 2004 Top ^

Aug.26   Intel   Centrino wireless chips, software updated
  Intel unveiled an update to its wireless networking technology, adding simpler software, improved security
Jun.7   Apple   Wireless hardware for PCs, Macs
  Airport Express takes a single broadband connection and shares it among wireless-enabled computers
Mar.12   San Jose Downtown Free wireless Internet in public spaces

year 2003 Top ^

Nov.19   Mountain View   Police to use wireless phone 'E-911'
  The service allows callers to be connected directly to the Police and Fire Communications when they dial 911
Sep.17   Intel   New Low-Power Mobile Chipset
  Semiconductor maker would begin shipping its next-generation wireless chips in the fourth-quarter
Jul.14   San Ramon Fraud charges brought against CEO Jun.26   Palo Alto School district's insecure wireless network Apr.28   Cisco   Wireless Offered Phones for Businesses
  Cisco Systems will begin selling mobile telephones based on a short-range wireless technology
Apr.23   Palm   New Business, Consumer Models Unveiled,
  Zire 71 has a build-in camera, music player; Tungsten C, has built-in high-speed wireless connectivity
Mar.4   Intel   Wireless Pact with Singapore
  Chipmaker and telecoms watchdog unveiled a project to bridge different wireless and fixed networks
Mar.2   Intel   Centrino wireless initiative
  Intel Corp. ushers a new technology built from the ground up for mobile computing


year 2002 Top ^

Dec.18   Google   Wireless Picture Search
  Google and Sprint are to let customers using Sprint's handsets and services search the Web for photographs
May.29   Redwood City   Openwave to Buy SignalSoft
  Wireless Internet software maker would buy a developer of wireless location service software for about $59 million cash
Mar.25   Palo Alto   Wi-Fi wireless 'hot zone'
  WiFi Metro and Gatespeed Broadband announced the zone, where subscribers can connect wirelessly to the Internet
Mar.12   Milpitas   Intersil to buy Elantec
  Wireless communications chipmaker has agreed to acquire Elantec Semiconductors Inc. in a deal worth $1.4 billion
Feb.25   San Jose Ricochet under new owner
  Wireless Internet service provider is preparing to bounce back from bankruptcy under Aerie Networks
Feb.12   Apple   Multimedia deal for wireless devices
  Apple, Sun Microsystems and Ericsson have teamed up to develop a system for bringing movie clips to cell phones


year 2001 Top ^

Aug.2   San Jose Metricom to shut down network
  Wireless Internet company sell assets and lay off 282 employees
Jul.26   San Francisco   OmniSky lays off 100 employees
  Wireless service provider
Jul.2   San Jose   Metricom files for bankruptcy
  Wireless Internet access provider plans to continue offering its service


year 2000 Top ^

Dec.14   San Jose   Cisco Systems to Buy ExiO
  $155 million in stock. ExiO makes wireless technologies for corporate network
Oct.30   Santa Clara   BeVocal teams up with Qwest
  Qwest has begun offering a talking Internet service over wireless devices
Aug.1   Cisco   Cisco to Buy Ipmobile
  Cisco Systems to buy wireless communications software maker IPmobile Inc. for $425 million


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