The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update
For March 19, 2007
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Vodafone, Skype Develop Mobile VoIP Solution
Vodafone and the leading peer-to-peer VoIP provider, Skype, have
developed a mobile VoIP solution, Starfish, which enables
consumers to make mobile calls over the internet. According to
reports on the La Tribune website, Vodafone is undecided as to
whether to offer the service for fear of cannibalising its
regular mobile phone business. ...
Yodio: Podcasts with a Purpose
Hoping to become a recording star? Yodio wants to help. The
Seattle-based startup is offering an integrated, one-stop digital
audio publishing service and marketplace--a Web community anyone
can visit to self-record, produce and buy/sell personal audio
recordings (i.e., podcasts). In a world where personal
communication can be ...
Nokia Files Complaints Against Qualcomm
ESPOO, Finland -- Nokia Corp., the world's largest maker of
mobilephones, said today it has filed complaints against wireless
technology company Qualcomm Inc. in Germany and the
Netherlands. The complaints request declarations that Qualcomm's
European patents are exhausted in respect of products sold in
Will WebEx Change Cisco?
Cisco Systems Inc. is acquiring WebEx Communications
Inc. as part of its goal to lead the next generation of
business communications, but the hefty $3.2 billion buy would sit
alongside other acquisitions that analysts say have languished.
Yesterday, Cisco agreed to buy WebEx in a $3.2 billion cash deal
set to close by ...
Ericsson to Triple EDGE Data Speeds
Ericsson will use the EDGE Evolution standard to boost current
GSM network speeds up to 1 Mbps. Ericsson committed to prepare
the software upgrade by 2009. EDGE Evolution is an improvement
in data performance over GSM networks that will increase speeds
up to 300%, as well as improve coverage, latency and spectrum
efficiency. With ...
Disgruntled Alcatel-Lucent Workers Converge In Paris
Thousands of European Alcatel-Lucent workers marched through
Paris yesterday to protest the company's restructuring plan,
which calls for thousands of job losses on the continent. Job
losses and job relocations are on the front burner in France
nowadays because of the presidential election set for April and
May. Union ...
Survey: SAN Extension on the Rise
SAN extension, largely left for dead several years ago, shows
signs of renewed growth. According to the 2007 Enterprise User
Survey on Storage Area Networks Storage Transport Services,
published this week by Heavy Reading, 136 enterprise IT managers
worldwide report growing interest in SAN extension and other ...
Broadcasters Increasing Use of Addressable Advertising
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- National TV networks and local broadcasters
are increasing their use of addressable advertising products, and
are also expanding their plans for addressable advertising on
their Internet portals, reports In-Stat. With the explosion of
video, especially broadcast TV programming, flooding onto the
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