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SPACE RACE auction: $130k raised for spacesuits, Apollo 11 kit

The latest space history auction in New York has raised tens of thousands of dollars selling off spacesuits, spacecraft models and Apollo 11 memorabilia. Mercury-era spacesuit Bonhams held its annual space auction yesterday in the US where a Lunokhod 2 Lunar Rover model went for $15,000, a Mercury-era spacesuit went under the …
One of the few photos showing Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 moonwalk

Get your MOON GEAR: Auction to feature Space Race memorabilia

Looking to own a piece of space history? Have a spare $50,000 to spend? You may be in luck, as a US auction house is placing a series of artifacts from the US and Soviet space programs on the block. Auction house Bonhams is set to offer a collection of items ranging from the early first manned spaceflights to the last Apollo …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Apr 2014

FCC delays spectrum auction to 2015

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is planning to delay the hotly anticipated auction of the former broadcast television spectrum space due to concerns that it is not yet ready to properly handle the reallocation process. The FCC on Friday said that it would push back the target date for its Broadcast Television …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Dec 2013
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4G auction helped keep mobile networks competitive ... for NOW

The auctioning off of radio spectrum for the delivery of "4G" mobile broadband services did not result in the distortion of competition in the market, a spending watchdog has said. The National Audit Office (NAO) said that the 4G auction run by the UK's telecoms regulator Ofcom last year achieved one of its two main objectives …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Mar 2014

Spectrum auction closes shy of $AU2 billion

Australia's communications minister Senator Stephen Conroy has failed to stretch his “red undies” over the government's budget deficit: the spectrum auction, for which the results have just been announced, yielded a little under $AU2 billion. Last year, the Senator was criticised for setting an “unrealistic” floor price of $1.36 …
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Bahrain 4G auction founders under deluge of legal action

The Kingdom of Bahrain should have completed its 4G auction by now, but instead the process has been kicked into touch following legal action from an excluded operator. The auction, cleverly titled "Post 3G" (PDF, slide deck with plenty of visuals), was announced last November and initally open to all, but lobbying from the …
Bill Ray, 03 Apr 2013
1960s TV series Batmobile

Holy classic car auction, Batman! They sold THE Batmobile!

The original Batmobile has been snapped up at auction for $4.2m (£2.6m, €3.2m) by a fan of the 1960s television series. 1960s TV series Batmobile The 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car was bought for just $1 in 1965 by customiser George Barris. He then spent $15,000 over 15 days turning it into the iconic vehicle for the Caped …
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Minister intervenes in Oz spectrum auction

Australia’s communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, who famously told Australian telcos they’d wear red undies on their heads if he told them to, has stepped into the auction process for new mobile spectrum. His intervention comes amid speculation that the troubled state of Vodafone would leave Telstra and Optus as the …
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Ofcom sets auction timetable: UK's 4G monopoly will end in June

Ofcom has drafted the legislation to open up two 4G bands next year, with bidders required to register by 11 December, the auction in January and the awards in June. The regulator published its proposals for the auction in August, but this is the proposed legislation which will make that auction happen. The final rules don't …
Bill Ray, 12 Nov 2012
New Zealand Auction site Wheedle apologises for being down

Security mess sends Kiwi auction site titsup in two days

A New Zealand auction website has shut after just a day, thanks to IT professionals who noticed extraordinarily relaxed security operations. The site in question is Wheedle.co.nz, which currently says “unforeseen technical problems “have “postponed further activity on the website.” Postp0wned may be a more accurate term, as …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Oct 2012
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UK 4G auction kicks off in total silence

The UK has opened its auction of radio frequencies suitable for high-speed 4G mobile internet services. Who exactly is bidding in which bands will remain a secret until the sale ends. The auction includes chunks of spectrum cleared by the switch-off of analogue telly and the move to digital TV, known as the 800MHz band, and the …
Bill Ray, 23 Jan 2013
Engineers fitting antenna heads

Terrible reception for Oz spectrum auction

Australia's spectrum auction has found a terrible reception from those hoped to be most interested in access to the airwaves, with local carriers deciding not to bid. The auction to be held in April next year is for Australia’s 700MHz and 2.5GHz spectrum, will reallocate the spectrum that becomes available when broadcasters …
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Czechs check cheques, reject £680m 4G auction

As bidding topped £680m, the Czech regulator pulled the plug on the 4G auction, saying that to continue would risk pushing cripplingly high prices onto the winner's customers as well as delaying deployments - both to the detriment of the country's citizens. The Czech Republic was hoping for a fast deployment, and the regulator …
Bill Ray, 12 Mar 2013
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Sharp-elbowed BT dives into 4G spectrum auction

BT is among the bidders in the 4G auction, communications regulator Ofcom confirmed today. It's not just mobile operators that are jockeying to get their hands on the spectrum by June 2013. Managed network outfits and the nation's fixed line provider are also in the running. The auction process kicks off next month. Ofcom said …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2012
Cat 5 cable

Mystery buyer scoops working Apple 1 at auction

A working Apple 1 computer has broken records at auction, with a mystery buyer shelling out $374,500 for the system, with a handwritten memo from Steve Jobs also selling for well over the guide price. The items were auctioned off by Sotheby's and nearly doubled the expected guide price for the items. The Apple 1, one of only a …
Iain Thomson, 15 Jun 2012

Indian 2G auction turmoil as telcos revolt

Allegations of discrimination against foreign mobile operators, unfairly high start prices for spectrum bidders and yet more government delays have thrown India’s 2G auctions into chaos once again over the past few days. The original 122 licenses, doled out in 2008, were cancelled in February after the Supreme Court ruled …
Phil Muncaster, 08 Aug 2012
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Seagate mulls flogging precious drives at auction

At CES Seagate boss Steve Luczo said the company was considering running open market auctions of its disk drives to gauge spot prices and demand. Luczo was talking at an informal investor event attended by Stifel Nicolaus' Aaron Rakers, who wrote that Seagate could run the auction events itself or hire a third party to do it. …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2012
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FCC turns auction upside down for $300m rural 3G broadband

A US regulator is proposing a reverse auction to attain national broadband, providing $300m to the company that claims to be able to do the most with the cash pot. "Auction 901" won't start until September 27, but the FCC has published an interactive map showing which areas of the US are still lacking wireless coverage so …
Bill Ray, 13 Feb 2012
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AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits

US wireless megacarrier AT&T has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it could withdraw from an upcoming wireless spectrum auction over proposed buying limits. The carrier on Wednesday argued that if current caps aren't lifted, AT&T and other carriers would not be able to obtain enough spectrum space to properly …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Apr 2014
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EE eyes up £400m payday at spectrum auction

Everything Everywhere has started consulting on how best to auction off the 30MHz of bandwidth it's required to give up, with a view to turning it into £400m in cash some time next month. That's according to the Financial Times, who's been talking to the ever-helpful "people familiar with the plan" and heard that the Royal Bank …
Bill Ray, 11 Jan 2012

No sale, Yahoo! Hulu goes off the auction block

Video-streaming site Hulu has opted to walk away from talks about a possible buyout, ending months of speculation as to which media or online giant might snap it up. In a joint statement issued on Friday, co-owners 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal, and The Walt Disney Company said they won't entertain any further offers for Hulu …
Neil McAllister, 12 Jul 2013
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Ofcom admits 4G auction will slip

Struggling to cope with responses to its consultation, Ofcom will refine its 4G auction proposals for the end of 2011, and seek feedback with a view to commencing in Q4 2012. The first proposals were published earlier this year, and generated huge amounts of feedback. Since then Ofcom has repeatedly claimed the process was on …
Bill Ray, 07 Oct 2011

Rip up telco red-tape so they can take on Viber, WhatsApp, says Brazil

Brazil's communications minister says the country is looking at a new telecommunications regulatory regime, to take into account the rise of services like Viber and WhatsApp. Speaking at Mobile World Congress, minister Paulo Bernardo said the quality-of-service requirements placed on incumbents (Telefonica, Embratel and Hi) is …
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UK 4G auction: No word on what will be flogged, or what it costs

Last week the Ofcom announced details of the upcoming 4G spectrum auction, only the regulator still can't say how much spectrum is on sale, what it will cost, or the annual rent due afterwards. The mega-auction announced last week includes bands at 800MHz, which've been cleared of analogue TV, and at 2.6GHz, which has been empty …
Bill Ray, 03 Aug 2012
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Google OUTBID on g.co.uk at auction

Google may have spent an estimated $1.5m on the Colombian domain name g.co earlier this year, but it was outbid on g.co.uk in a recent auction by a domain investor. The desirable address sold for £76,000 at a Nominet auction, according to a list of sales compiled by domain names guru Ty Hancocks and reported by the FT today. …
Kevin Murphy, 03 Oct 2011
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Fairfax set to IPO auction site

Fairfax Media has confirmed that it is selling up to 35 percent of its stake in New Zealand online auction site Trade Me. The media giant says it intendes to launch an IPO on the New Zealand stock exchange and possible the ASX, subject to financial market conditions. Should the public offer take place Trade Me would emerge as a …

Indian callers could see bills DOUBLE after spectrum auction chaos

Mobile phone bills in India could double if the government agrees to new regulatory proposals for upcoming 2G spectrum auctions, the country’s major operators have warned. The telecoms ministry is currently seeking clarification on some of the proposals from regulator the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which …
Phil Muncaster, 07 May 2012
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Oz rail company sold USB keys from lost property in auction

Someone in RailCorp will be nursing a bruised ego after selling a pile of USB keys lost on trains in the authority’s regular lost property auction. It may have never raised an eyebrow, except that the keys were bought by the keen-eyed Paul Ducklin of Sophos. What Ducklin thought of as a good source of research into user habits …
Rhinoceros in late afternoon, Kruger National Park. Credit: Shutterstock

Only a merciful BULLET can really save a RHINO, say Texas hunters

A US Safari Club has been offered a permit to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros to help save the rest of the species. Rhinoceros in late afternoon, Kruger National Park. Credit: Shutterstock One Allan Quatermain type will get the chance to track and kill the beast after stumping up what’s expected to be a hefty price at …
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T-Mobile US to raise nearly $2bn in share sale to splurge on spectrum

T-Mobile US has announced it will be selling off a bunch of new stocks to bring in nearly $2bn to spend on spectrum. America's fourth largest mobile service provider said it would offer 66.15m common shares and use the proceeds for a whole bunch of vague corporate stuff and for "opportunistically acquiring additional spectrum …
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Ofcom sets out spectrum mega-auction, again

Ofcom is proposing greater coverage requirements, but fewer ownership caps and simpler lot sizes, in its latest round of proposals for the forthcoming mega-auction. The proposals include pushing 2Mbps of data to everywhere you can get a 2G voice call today – which should cover 98 per cent of the country – and capping overall …
Bill Ray, 12 Jan 2012

Teen buys WikiLeaks server for $33,000 – with dad's eBay account

The eBay auction of a server formerly used by WikiLeaks has ended with a closing bid of more than $30,000, but the 17-year-old winner will not receive his goods because he bid on the equipment using his father's eBay account without his permission. The youth, whose name has been withheld, bid eight times during the ten-day …
Neil McAllister, 13 Sep 2013
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4G-auction rural notspot scheme would actually be illegal

The Consumer Communications Panel has called for 4G money to be used to help build rural networks, which sounds eminently sensible but, as BT pointed out last month, would almost certainly be illegal too. The CCP got huge amounts of publicity for its public response to Ofcom's ongoing consultation on the best way to sell off the …
Bill Ray, 27 Jul 2011
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Vintage flying car offered at auction

She may not be full of gizmos like Bond's DB5, nor does she talk like Knight Rider's KITT, yet Chitty Chitty Bang Bang remains one of the most loveable motors in the history of cinema. Which is why collectors will be chuffed to know she's going under the hammer next month. If you wish to take Chitty on a trip to find the gloomy …
Caleb Cox, 26 Apr 2011
Cellular basestation antenna

US mobile spectrum sale latest – Sprint tells rivals: Knock yourself out, guys

Mobile giant Sprint said it will opt out of an upcoming radio spectrum auction which is expected to fetch billions of dollars. The company on Wednesday revealed it is more than happy with its current portfolio of frequency holdings, and is going to sit back and let its competitors shell out big bucks in order to gain more …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2013
James Bond submarine Lotus Esprit car

James Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine car sells for £550,000

The James Bond submarine car used in The Spy Who Loved Me has sold at auction in Blighty for £550,000. James Bond submarine Lotus Esprit car Despite the over half-million price tag for the Lotus Esprit – which isn't road-worthy – it failed to reach the guide price expected by RM Auctions of between £650,000 and £950,000, the …
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Auction fraud complaints prop up declining US cybercrime reports

US complaints about internet fraud dropped 10 per cent last year. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) fielded 303,809 reports of cybercrime in 2010, down from 336,655. The agency – maintained by staff from by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center – said the reduced figures were still the second highest in its …
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2011
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4G über-auction coming next year

Ofcom has started consultations on how to run the biggest spectrum auction the UK has ever seen, though it seems maintaining the status quo is the name of the game. The mega-auction includes 250MHz of spectrum, much of which is released by the switch to digital television (the "digital dividend"). Ofcom is hoping the sell-off …
Bill Ray, 22 Mar 2011
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Will Ofcom have to stick up its hands on 4G auction?

Ofcom will do anything to avoid seeing the 4G auctions scheduled for next year mired in legal battles - but deciding to whom it would surrender will be tough. The regulator has told the FT it stands ready to fight for its proposed 4G mega-auction, in the face of operators who seem keen to resort to legal action, but not at the …
Bill Ray, 15 Jun 2011
Aston Martin DB5

Bond car bought at auction

One wealthy James Bond enthusiast drove away with the spy's most famous car yesterday, after it was auctioned for £2.6 million. Driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball, the Aston Martin DB5 was expected to fetch in excess of £3m. A spokesman from the auction said, "It's still a lot of money and I don't think anyone …
Caleb Cox, 28 Oct 2010
Artist's impression of thunder-thighs kicking a lesser dinosaur into touch. Pic: UCL

COMPLETE, FIFTY-FOOT DINOSAUR sold to MYSTERIOUS, reclusive bidder for £480k

A rare skeleton of one of the largest creatures ever to walk the Earth has been sold at auction for nearly half a million quid to a mystery buyer. A near complete 17-metre-long Diplodocus longus skeleton, aged 150 million years and widely thought to be a female, was sold for £480,000 ($779,856) on Thursday by Summers Place …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2013
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman

Who! wants! cursed.com? Yahoo! flogs! domains! in! multimillion-dollar! sale!

Just when you thought there were no more good domains available, Yahoo! has decided to auction off a list of URLs that it says it no longer needs – and a lot of them are prime internet real estate. "This year, we found a huge list of domain names that the company has owned for quite some time," Yahoo! attorney Kevin Kramer wrote …
Neil McAllister, 13 Nov 2013
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Fairfax looks for bids on auction site

Fairfax Media is considering offloading New Zealands’s biggest online auction site Trade Me and has embarked on a wider strategic review of its group assets. Fairfax made a surprising move in acquiring the online property in 2006 for NZ$750 million. In a statement to the ASX Fairfax Media confirmed that the strategic review …
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Sex.com auction delayed

The auction of the controversial domain name sex.com has been delayed, after some of its owner's creditors stepped in with a bankruptcy claim. The foreclosure sale had been due to go ahead in New York today, with a simultaneous online auction at ProxiBid.com, but the auction is now listed as “postponed”. The law firm of Meister …
Kevin Murphy, 18 Mar 2010
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Romanian middleman pleads guilty to $2.7m auction scam

A Romanian native faces jail in the US after pleading guilty to participating in a $2.7m online marketplace scam. Adrian Ghighina, 33, of Bucharest, admitted conspiracy, fraud and money laundering charges at a hearing at a US District Court in Illinois on Thursday. Ghighina acted as a middleman collecting cash and bank …
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2011
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Ofcom sets out mega-auction timetable

Ofcom's chief executive has laid out the timetable for auctioning off the digital dividend spectrum, and it will be 2014 before it fills up with 4G radio. The details were laid out during a speech at the FT World Telecoms Conference. Ofcom plans a consultation for February lasting until May, the auction details will then be …
Bill Ray, 18 Nov 2010

Icahn, but Iwont: Carl the investor pest ends war with eBay

Carl Icahn has finally made peace with eBay after withdrawing his call for the auction site to divorce from its partner Paypal. The meddlesome investor has spent the last few months rudely demanding the spin off of eBay's payment service and asking for two of his aides to be put on the firm's board. After a barrage of open …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Apr 2014
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Turing papers could be saved after auction fail

The Turing papers - the almost complete collection of the great codebreaker's writings - failed to reach their reserve price at auction today. Bidders at Christie's pushed the price up to £240,000, but that was lower than the minimum price set by the seller. Google had offered $100,000 towards any purchase, and Bletchley Park's …
John Oates, 23 Nov 2010
James Bond submarine Lotus Esprit car

Billionaire vows to turn 007's Lotus Esprit into actual SUBMARINE CAR

The anonymous buyer of the Lotus Esprit submarine car from the James Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me has turned out to be none other than billionaire inventor Elon Musk. The white car made famous in Roger Moore's Bond film was sold at auction in the UK last month for £550,000. As is typical of most auctions, the identity of the …

Mobe industry quails as Ofcom floats idea of QUADRUPLING 2G spectrum prices

The GSM Association has castigated Ofcom for wanting to quadruple the price of the mobile phone spectrum mostly used for 2G. The price hike, which will hit the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands, was proposed in an Ofcom document issued in October. John Giusti, head of spectrum at the GSMA, said: “We focused on the relative impact that a …
Simon Rockman, 28 Jan 2014