Tech 2.0 for Monday, February 11, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 2/11/2013 1:30 pm


Cellphone companies say their networks weathered the storm after a blizzard dumped up to 3 feet of snow on New England. Not all cell towers have backup power, so natural disasters can take out cell service through power outages. Last fall's Superstorm Sandy had a major impact on cell service in flooded areas of the Northeast. But last week's snowstorm had much less effect. AT&T says the "vast majority" of its cell towers in the hardest-hit states are operating fine. Verizon Wireless, which prides itself on providing backup power to nearly all sites, says its network is performing well. Sprint Nextel says the storm's impact was "minimal."

Google's executive chairman is selling off a big chunk of his stake in the internet search giant. Eric Schmidt was the company's CEO from 2001 until 2011. According to a Friday filing with the SEC, Schmidt is selling up to 3.2 million shares of Google stock. It's worth about $2.5 billion. But he still has more than 4-million shares left. This sale is part of a pre-arranged stock trading plan the company approved in November. The plan allows Schmidt to start selling his stock this month.

It was music's night to shine, as the Grammy Awards were handed out yesterday. The Recording Academy's Grammy website has videos, red carpet and backstage photos, and of course, the complete list of winners. You can also relive some history from Grammy Awards past.


RT @ProPublica: Is your cell phone carrier ready for the #blizzard? Hard to know. They've resisted rules for disaster preparedness: http://t.co/V4GxqAs7

Things are really tense in the Boston Airport cellphone waiting area. People yelling more than usual. Blizzard is getting to people.

RT @LaurenGoode: East Coast Blizzard Another Test for FCC’s New Cellphone Alert System http://t.co/IHICGDKV

Eric Schmidt to Sell Google Stock Worth $2.5 Billion http://t.co/hXW7ruOw

Google's former CEO Schmidt to sell 3.2 million shares, leaving him a 1.3% stake and 5% voting power. http://t.co/yrdOepYQ

Eric Schmidt is selling $2.5B worth of Google stock, 42% of stake http://t.co/3TPhUGoQ

This is what $5 million worth of #Grammys jewelry looks like: http://t.co/Sk256u2x

Beyonc�, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez Among Best of Beauty at the 2013 Grammy Awards - The Grammys red... http://t.co/9mg0xUWM

RT @all1d: From being a homeless man, to performing at the Grammy Awards, Ed Sheeran deserved that award.

This Kelly Clarkson photobomb is by far the best moment of the night so far #Grammys http://t.co/C4JkEWjv
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