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FCC delays 600MHz spectrum incentive auction until early 2016

10/28, 4:17pm

Court challenges by broadcasters push auction date back from the middle of 2015

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it is delaying the upcoming 2015 incentive spectrum auction until at least early 2016. In a post from Gary Epstein, the chair of the FCC's Incentive Task Force, he said that recent court filings by broadcasters are causing the agency to push back the auction for spectrum previously assigned to television broadcasts.

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TV broadcasters file petition against FCC over 2015 spectrum auction

08/19, 5:05pm

Organization believes that auction violates Spectrum Act, abuses discretion under APA Act

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has filed a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, seeking a review of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 2015 spectrum auction. In the filing, the NAB states that the FCC isn't taking the proper precautions to protect broadcasters that choose to retain their spectrum. According to the NAB, an updated methodology the FCC is using will result in a loss of coverage area for remaining broadcasters.

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US Court issues temporarily order to stop bitcoins domain auction

07/24, 6:10pm

Court order stops holding company from selling assets as part of CoinLab dispute

A US District Court judge in Washington state issued a restraining order yesterday, placing a temporarily restriction on the bitcoins.com domain from being auctioned off. Yesterday, Tibanne KK, the company owned by former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles, was ordered to account for and hold all assets. The order stems from a legal issue between CoinLab and Mt. Gox dating back to 2013.

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One-off (Product) RED Mac Pro fetches $977,000 at auction

11/24, 7:49am

First official new Mac Pro to be sold sets record for most expensive personal computer

Apple is known for making history by inventing the future, but even its designer could not have predicted a new record shattered on Saturday as a special one-off red version of the new Mac Pro (which is not officially available for sale yet) was sold at a charity fundraising auction for $977,000 -- an all-time record for the priciest personal computer ever made or sold. A couple of other items also designed by Sir Jonathan Ive of Apple and designer Marc Newson also fetched record sums.

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Rare working Apple I sells for $330,000 after auction in Germany

11/20, 2:10am

Unit one of only six known working units

A previously-reported auction in Cologne, Germany of a rare working-condition Apple I computer failed to meet the minimum bid of €180,000 ($242,820) but was sold after the auction had closed, Auction Team Breker has revealed. Two potential bidders were surprised that the item had failed to sell and put in their own bids, with the larger of the two being accepted - €246,000, or US $330,000. The same company had previously sold a rare functioning Apple I for over $670,000 in a previous auction.

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Gold iPhone 5s sells for $10,100 on eBay [U]

09/23, 7:39pm

Desire for new color option far outstrips supply; Apple making more

[Updated: seller cancelled transaction] Though MacNN has previously reported on the mania surrounding new gold-colored iPhone 5s -- with units routinely selling for between $900 and $1,500 depending on capacity and unlocked status -- a new record was set on auction site eBay on Monday when a 16GB unlocked GSM gold iPhone 4s sold for a record-shattering $10,100. The buyer was a long-time eBay user with a history of buying cellphone accessories.

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Gold (iPhone 5s) rush begins on eBay as shortage deepens

09/21, 2:44am

While Apple increases orders, crunch on new color could last for weeks

The "gold rush" was a series of events generally considered to have lasted for much of the second half of the 19th century -- until Friday, when Apple officially sold completely out of the gold iPhone 5s model around 10AM ET. Within hours, many of the lucky few that secured a gold iPhone 5s were listing them on eBay and other auction sites. Asking prices have been seen in excess of $2,500, and active interest and bids have appeared as high as $3,850 (for a group of three gold 64GB models). There are currently over 2,000 iPhone 5s eBay auctions in progress.

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Verizon temporarily backs away from Wind, Mobilicity acquisitions

08/15, 11:03am

Report claims Verizon to bid in Canadian spectrum auction instead

Verizon may be putting a hold on its attempts to purchase two Canadian carriers, in favor of acquiring spectrum directly, according to a report. The American carrier, believed to be offering at least $600 million to Wind Mobile and a similar figure for Mobilicity, is now considering bidding in a Canadian government wireless spectrum auction instead.

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Original Apple I computer sold for $387,750 at Christie's auction

07/09, 9:00pm

One of the earliest surviving units, but non-functional

A rare Apple I computer, hand-assembled by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, was sold on Tuesday for $387,750 at auction -- less than auctioneer Christie's had hoped for but well above the minimum bid, and still representing an increase in value for a non-functional unit. The bidding on this unit started at $300,000, and is believed to be the 25th model ever assembled, according to an ink inscription on the unit. Originally designed by Wozniak, the unit originally sold for $666.66. A working Apple I was bought in Germany earlier this year for $671,400.

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Charity auction for Tim Cook meeting hit with fake bid

05/01, 12:00am

Stolen credit card used to hike price even higher, retracted

A "coffee" with Apple CEO Tim Cook, an offer being bid on for charity fundraising, has been hit with credit card fraud. A previous high bid of $605,000 was retracted after it was discovered to have been placed using a credit card that turned out to be stolen. The site, Charitybuzz, said the issue came to their attention immediately was swiftly retracted, dropping the high bid back to $600,000. The Cook meeting is by far the highest-bid item in the auction.

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Working Apple I, calculator from 1652 going up for auction [u]

04/29, 10:00pm

Original Wozniak, Jobs creation one of only six still functioning

[Update]: Steve Wozniak signature added German auction house Team Breker has rounded up an interesting collection of significant "firsts" from the computing world for an upcoming auction in Koln, Germany on May 25. Among the items of interest will be a mechanical calculator created by philosopher and physicist Blaise Pascal from the year 1652; the first Intel microprocessor (the 4004) from 1971; a 1975 Altair 8800 said to have started the personal computer revolution, and one of only six known original Apple I computers still in working condition.

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Coffee with Cook breaks half-million dollar auction barrier

04/26, 7:10pm

Apple CEO meeting sets record for charity site

A chance to spend some one-on-one facetime with the CEO of the world's most influential and profitable technology company is worth a lot; far more than anyone expected, as it turns out. Apple head Tim Cook has offered a half-hour "coffee" at Apple headquarters to the winning bidder in a charity auction that was initially valued as being worth $50,000. As of 6:45PM ET on Friday -- with 18 days remaining in the bidding -- the bidding has reached $580,000 after 81 bids. The auction benefits the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

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Apple I motherboard fails to sell at Christie's auction

10/09, 10:20pm

Former Apple employee original owner of 22nd board produced

The original Apple I motherboard for sale at Christie's auction house failed to sell. The auction company expected the board to sell for $127,000, but the bidding failed to reach the reserve price, resulting in no sale. The top bid was reported to be $51,155, well short of the $80,000 reserve.

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Rare but nonfunctional Apple I goes to auction in London

08/29, 5:32pm

Expected to fetch more than $125,000

A nonworking Apple I board have been listed for auction on October 9 at Christie's of London. The unit, with serial number 22, came from former Apple employee Joe Copson. The unit originally came with just 8K of RAM and no case, keyboard or monitor. Only 50 or so of the roughly 150-200 units produced have survived, and only six are thought to be in working order. The auction expects the machine to sell for between $80,000 and $125,000.

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Apple files appeal over partial Kodak patent victory

08/23, 4:00pm

Mac maker says the patents belong to it, not Kodak

Nearly three weeks after US Bankruptcy Court Judge Allan Gropper ruled that the company had no claim to two imaging patents in its struggle with Kodak, Apple has filed an appeal challenging the judge's finding. The two companies are locked in a dispute over the ownership of a total of 10 patents, with Apple seeking to block the auction of the two patents in particular.

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Prototype dual-dock iPad sells for $10,200 on Ebay

05/29, 6:35pm

Apple did not file to recover 'stolen' property

Surprising observers who had speculated that Apple would close down the auction, a rare prototype iPad with two 30-pin dock connectors sold for a total of $10,200, about $200 above the original asking price. The unit had dock connectors on the "bottom" and "left side" of the iPad, and was functional except for a faulty digitizer, which renders the touchscreen inoperative. The unit still had Apple's "Switchboard" testing software included.

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Massachusetts man puts 'icl0ud.com' domain up for bid

12/21, 6:00pm

Wants thousands for name similar to Apple's

Hoping to cash in on the similarity to Apple's cloud-services suite, a North Attleboro man has put up the domain name icl0ud.com for auction on Ebay, asking a minimum bid of $7,000. The domain currently points to a generic business site called cloudstoragedrive.com that offers to help digitize, manage and secure files stored on a cloud storage system. The business is also for sale for the same asking price.

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Rare Apple prototypes from 70s, 80s appear on Ebay

12/08, 7:00pm

Multiserver, ROM card, power adapter

A trio of rare Apple prototypes from its early years, never sold to the public, have made their way onto Ebay for auction. The first is a never-before-seen prototype box (now empty) for a proposed product in the mid-80s called the Apple "Multiserver." The second appears to be a prototype ROM card from an Apple II, circa 1978, and the third item is a unique power adapter for a Powerbook Duo 270c, reports AppleInsider.

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UK's biggest spectrum auction aims to expand 4G services

03/22, 3:50pm

Group working to ensure competition among carriers

The UK is reportedly preparing its largest-ever spectrum auction, which will include bands spreading across 250MHz of spectrum no longer utilized by television broadcasters. The wireless regulation authority Ofcom is said to be working to finalize a strategy that will ensure the spectrum is distributed among at least four competing networks.

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New FCC auction would offer free wireless

05/23, 9:00pm

FCC considers auction

After the recent auctioning of the 700MHz wireless band, the FCC has revealed that it is considering another auction for the 2155 to 2180MHz band, which would require the winning party to offer free wireless broadband services as part of an aggressive build-out schedule. RCR Wireless News writes that the band which is referred to as AWS III would require free access, and the capacity to reach 50-percent of the US population in four years, and 95-percent by the end of the license term.

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700MHz auction ends, FCC waits to reveal winners

03/18, 9:35pm

700MHz bid ends

The 700MHz FCC-led wireless auction today ended with an estimated revenue of $20 billion, says Molly Peterson of Bloomberg.com. While the FCC hasn't disclosed the actual winner of the auction, this brings a close to a nearly two month long bidding war between 214 companies, including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Google. Analysts for the FCC expected the auction to raise between $10- to $15 billion.

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First Look: Bling! It image enhancement

03/11, 12:00am

First Look: Bling! It

To sell items on auction sites like eBay, you need to show others what youre selling. Take a good picture of the most run-down item and it can still attract buyers. Take a lousy picture of the most valuable item and the picture alone can turn off potential buyers. To increase your chances of attracting buyers and making a sale, take the best pictures possible. If your pictures still look drab and dull, spice them up with Bling! It.

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iSale 5.1 adds video clip integration

03/07, 2:15pm

iSale 5.1 released

Equinux today released iSale 5.1, the latest revision of its online auction software for Mac OS X. iSale 5.1 allows users to integrate video clips into auctions from all leading video websites, according to Equinux, including Apple's .Mac service. The update also increases security by supporting the PayPal Security Key for 2-factor-authentication. The Template Editor in iSale 5.1 includes a new item for integrating video clips in all of the 222 templates that ship with the software. iSale 5.1 is available for $60, and requires Mac OS X 10.5.

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