34429_SIM_Cards_Colorful_WideReport claims that Google is prepping a cellular service offering

Google Inc. (GOOG) has already dabbled in direct sales of smartphones to consumers via its “Play Edition” models, which it sells unlocked from its Android Play Store.  Google also had been experimenting with fiber optic internet offerings in select regions.  All these efforts have led to perennial speculation that Google might at some point look to launch its own cellular network.  But such rumors never materialized; not yet.

A report from The Information, a paywalled Silicon Valley insider online magazine, suggests that could change.  According to the report Google is dogfooding (testing on its employees) a new Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO).  The project is reportedly called “Project Nova” and is being managed by Nick Fox, a Vice President of Product Management for Android.

The timing makes sense on Nick Fox’s end.  According to a corporate biography, Nick Fox had worked on AdWords until 2013, when he joined the Android team.  The biography offers little indication regarding what he’s been working on since.

Reportedly Google’s goal in entering the fray would be to reduce the cost of data and voice plans in the U.S. market, which has suffered from a relative lack of competition in recent years, despite the spirited efforts of smaller carriers like T-Mobile U.S., Inc. (TMUS).  The project would also reportedly allow Google to promote certain “modern” apps, including its in-house communication apps like Google+, Google Voice, and Google Chat.

MVNO’s have no physical cellular network.  The approach is popular among the major pay-as-you-go brands including Cricket Wireless, StraightTalk, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and MetroPCS.

That leads to a natural question — which networks is Google buying bandwidth from?  According to the report, Google is leaning on America’s third and fourth place carriers, T-Mobile and Sprint Corp. (S).

Google taking a turn as an MVNO on the surface wouldn’t seem all that special.  But where things get more interesting is when you consider who owns America’s existing MVNOs.  AT&T, Inc. (T) — America’s second largest carrier — owns Cricket Wireless.  T-Mobile owns MetroPCS.  And Sprint owns Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

That leaves StraightTalk as the only major MVNO that isn’t owned by one of America’s top four carriers.  (StraightTalk is coowned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) and Tracfone, a subsidiary of Mexico’s largest telecom company, América Móvil SAB de CV (AMX)).  Thus as one of the only MVNO operators not already in the postpaid space, Google could potentially contend for the title of America’s fifth or sixth largest carrier, depending how its offering fared versus StraightTalk.


There’s a lot of uncertainty, though, as the report in The Information claimed that the project was expected to launch last fall.  While it is still in the works and is being used internally (according to the report, at least), that indicates that it’s running at least a few months behind schedule.  Assuming the report is true, it seems likely that Google will make some sort of public announcement pretty soon, or else will decide to back off the ambitious project.

For now, though, it certainly makes for interesting speculation to imagine how a Google carrier offering would be received.  Such an offering would almost certainly shake up the market, even if Google lacked the tight control of a project like Google Fiber, due to its lack of control of the communications backbone. – See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/Will+Google+Become+Americas+Fifth+Major+Carrier/article37097.htm#sthash.AAqNecFo.dpuf

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Scrween Shot 201s4-11-13 at  copyA new study out of Brazil (where they do all the best sex position studies) has revealed that the most dangerous sex position is “riding” or “cowgirl.”

The study of 44 men with fractured penises was conducted to find out why this “relatively uncommon clinical condition” occurs, and what you can do at home to stop it from happening to you.

If you feel like squirming, consider that half of the men heard an “audible crack” that led them to suspect fracture.

The Independent reports that the bottom being on top is dangerous “because the person controls the penis with his entire body weight landing on it and is unable to interrupt it when it suffers a ‘wrong way penetration’.” After “riding,” doing it “doggy style” (it really says “doggy style” in the study!) is the second most dangerous sex position.

So bottoms, next time you’re feeling lazy, remind your man that if you’re on top, there’s a pretty good chance his penis will audibly snap in half.

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