TELECOMMUNICATIONS

FCC Won't Seek Some 911 Penalties

Federal regulators said they will not seek penalties against Internet phone providers that have received responses from at least 90 percent of their customers acknowledging that the phone service might have difficulty reaching 911. The Federal Communications Commission also extended until Oct. 31 the deadline for companies that have received responses from fewer than 90 percent of their customers, its third one-month extension, to either obtain them or disconnect those who have not replied.

Qwest Won't Renew MCI Takeover Bid

Qwest Communications International decided against renewing a takeover bid for Ashburn-based MCI. Qwest directors met Monday and discussed whether to make a new bid after prompts by MCI shareholders, including Deephaven Capital Management.

The decision closes the door on the battle with Verizon Communications, which has agreed to buy MCI. Some MCI shareholders said they would vote against the Verizon deal only if Qwest put forward a new offer before the shareholder vote.

ELECTRONICS

RIM, Intel to Collaborate on BlackBerrys

Research in Motion said it will use Intel's cellular microprocessors in upcoming BlackBerry devices as it tries to boost performance without sacrificing battery life, marking a return to Intel for RIM. RIM has chosen the Intel PXA9xx cellular processor, code-named Hermon.

INTERNET

Google Says It Expanded Search Index

Google has increased the number of online documents it can search to more than triple that of its nearest competitor and 1,000 times that of the 1998 original, software engineer Anna Patterson said on the company's Web site. Yahoo operates the world's second-largest search engine. Google did not give a figure for how many documents it can search.

Compiled from staff and news service reports.