AT&T’s HSPA Upgrade Might Cement Future iPhone Exclusivity

logoI was just reading an official AT&T (s t) press release, which tells us what we already knew: The carrier is doubling its 3G network speed over the next year or two. This effort will raise the theoretical speeds from 3.6 Mbps to 7.2 Mbps, although in the real world we generally see half of that throughput.

Although it seems unrelated, I started thinking about Apple’s (s AAPL) iPhone relationship with AT&T and the swirling rumors of other U.S. carriers getting a crack at the iPhone in the future. I don’t think it’s going to happen and a large part of my belief is due to AT&T’s network upgrade plans.

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Surprise! VC Funding Fell Off a Cliff in Q4

As expected, the venture industry is seeing the fallout from the economic crisis, with fourth-quarter investments dropping to a total of $5.4 billion invested in 818 companies,¬†according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data provided by Thomson Reuters. That’s a 33 percent plunge from the $8.09 billion invested in 1,051 companies in the fourth quarter of 2007. Read More about Surprise! VC Funding Fell Off a Cliff in Q4