Ethernet ports unused as WiFi gains ground; M2M apps ready for 3G

> A range of companies with wireless LANs are discovering that 50 percent to 90 percent or more of Ethernet ports now go unused, because WiFi has become so prevalent. Article

> The M2M world is starting to evolve from one where connected devices transmitted only the minutest amounts of data to one craving broadband capacities that only a 3G wireless network can deliver. Article

> Growth in broadband deployments slowed for all telecom service providers in 2008, but rural telecom service providers had slightly better sequential growth than their urban counterparts. Article

> Mobile VoIP and IM provider fring announced it received a Series C round of funding from previous investors, but did not specify the amount of the investment, only saying it was"significant." Article

> Truphone released version 3.0 of its mobile VoIP app for the Apple iPhone Tuesday, and added SMS over IP, updated presence, and better WiFi hotspot recognition. Article

> President Obama will nominate Mignon Clyburn, a commissioner for the South Carolina Public Service Commission, for an open seat on the Federal Communications Commission. Article

> AT&T signed a three-year deal with rental car provider Hertz that will allow Hertz workers to wirelessly monitor and manage cars in the company's short-term rental Connect by Hertz program. The move is the latest by a wireless carrier to partner with a car company on embedded wireless technology. Article

> Vodafone New Zealand has launched legal action to stop the launch of rival operator, Telecom New Zealand's own 3G network--citing radio interference problems. Article

And Finally... Condoleezza Rice gets a new gig... blogging. Article