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Over the past three years, the Internet has become a major secondary distribution platform for free-to-air broadcast programming. Whether through network programmers’ own sites, such as, or through aggregators like Hulu and, ad-supported broadcast programming today is generally available online shortly after its initial […] Read more »

Google is rumored to have bought Gizmo5, provider of a SIP-based service, for an undisclosed amount of money, according to a report on TechCrunch. If true, the deal would add another arrow to Google’s quiver as it takes on incumbents Microsoft and Cisco Systems in the […] Read more »

Rupert Murdoch, founder and head honcho of News Corp., the largest media company in the world, wants to block access to his content and set up pay walls around it. News Corp. already does it at The Wall Street Journal. “The people who simply just pick […] Read more »

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Skype has hired well-known VoIP expert Jonathan Rosenberg as its chief technology strategist, the company announced today. Rosenberg was highlighted as one of the Cisco executives Index Ventures’ Michael Volpi would bring over to Skype in order to help the company figure out a way around […] Read more »

It shouldn’t come as a surprise: Clearwire, the WiMAX-based wireless network operator, is looking for a $1.5 billion infusion from Sprint and other backers including cable giant Comcast. Clearwire executives, including CEO William Morrow, have been publicly talking about a need for new capital. The announcement […] Read more »

Cisco Systems, the Wall Street darling, might soon find itself in a street brawl with not only former enemies but also allies who are turning on it. The company, which once made its living selling core infrastructure products such as routers and switches, has more recently […] Read more »

Earlier today in response to my post about Nimbuzz, a good pal emailed to find out why the service didn’t work over the iPhone’s 3G connection. After all, a few weeks ago AT&T announced support for VoIP over 3G with much fanfare, a move that was […] Read more »

Nimbuzz, a Netherlands-based VoIP and messaging startup, is introducing a premium calling service called NimbuzzOut. This service is available via an upgrade of its mobile client, which is currently available from the iPhone’s iTunes Apps Store, the Ovi Store and GetJar. So far, Nimbuzz has offered […] Read more »

The final results are in: eBay and private investors led by Silver Lake Partners have struck a deal with Skype founders and JoltID, the technology company controlled by Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis. They are also transferring the ownership of intellectual property needed to […] Read more »

Earlier this decade, when cable companies started their foray into the phone business, not many gave them much of a chance to succeed. Sure, they could sell a lot of broadband connections, but no one thought they would be players in telecom services such as voice. […] Read more »

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Google CEO Eric Schmidt is on a bit of a Microsoft offensive. Earlier this week, while talking to press in Boston when Schmidt was asked to comment on a statement by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, he said, “I’ve learned not to respond to quotes by Steve […] Read more »

The instant messaging world should prepare for a major quake — thanks to Facebook, which seems to be all set to launch a new connection interface that would allow Facebook Chat to work with any kind of XMPP client. The news of this development was first […] Read more »

Mario Queiroz, VP Production Management for Google Android, talked about Android and its competition, the iPhone, in an interview with FOX Business Network’s Liz Claman. Queiroz touts his company’s approach to form partnerships and alliances with carriers and handset makers as a better way of doing […] Read more »

Google is getting ready to make its Wave technology more widely available, CEO Eric Schmidt told a gathering of reporters in its Boston offices. “[Google's Wave team is] getting ready for a much broader distribution. Ready means very soon. Very soon is like weeks not years,” […] Read more »

The great Skype legal mess is about to come to an end, thanks to a settlement between  eBay — and private investors led by Silver Lake Partners — and Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis. As part of the deal, the two Skype founders will […] Read more »

Blake Krikorian, who left left Sling Media earlier this year, the place-shifting startup that he sold to Echostar for $380 million in September 2007, is going to join the board of directors of, a Los Angeles-based online-video content discovery company started by Jim Lanzone, the […] Read more »

Ever since Blake Krikorian left Sling Media, the place shifting startup that he sold to Echostar for $380 million in September 2007, he’s been lying low. Instead of trying to build yet another startup, he has been spending time trying to put together a killer home […] Read more »

There are no longer any doubts that T-Mobile has hitched its smartphone bandwagon to Google’s Android operating system. The company today said that it will be selling four Android-powered handsets to its (current and potential) customers during the vital holiday season. It is clear T-Mobile is […] Read more »

There is a good likelihood that Skype; its founders, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis; and a group of private equity investors led by Silver Lake Partners are close to settling their legal disputes, allowing eBay to sell 65 percent of Skype for about $2 billion. I had first reported the news this past weekend. As part of the settlement, Zennstrom and Friis are likely to get a board representation, and there is some talk of Index Ventures being out of the deal as well. Read more »

Cisco Systems is going shopping again: It is buying the set-top box business of DVN Holdings, a company that is listed in Hong Kong and has major IPTV-related operations in China. Cisco recently announced its decision to buy video hardware maker Tandberg and 4G wireless hardware […] Read more »

Digg and Slashdot were abuzz earlier this morning with the news that Skype was going to go open source. The buzz was based on a post on a French blog by Olivier Faurax. The news is true and false at the same time. “It is our […] Read more »

Yesterday at the urging of a friend, I ordered “Your Brain at Work” by David Rock on my iPod touch via the Amazon Kindle app. In doing so, I became one of many people who are helping the iPhone become more than just a phone. It’s […] Read more »

The ongoing legal scuffle between Skype, a division of eBay, and its founders, Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, may soon see a resolution, according to someone familiar with the situation. The parties are in discussions to resolve the various issues. The talks are described to be […] Read more »

Looks like the number of folks who are addicted to iPhone apps is on an upswing. Check out this graph and you’ll see the increase in the number of iPhone app addicts. Flurry, a San Francisco-based mobile analytics company, says that in September, about half a […] Read more »

HTC, the white label phone maker, lest it upset its carrier customers, has stayed away from advertising its products. No more — as a company with ambitions to become a major player in the smartphone business, HTC recently unveiled a new campaign for its touchscreen smartphones, […] Read more »

When BT, formerly known as British Telecom, splurged and bought Mountain View, Calif.,-based Ribbit for $105 million some 15 months ago, I dismissed it as an attempt by an aging incumbent carrier to reinvent itself as a web-savvy, next-generation communications provider that was unlikely to succeed. […] Read more »

Can you believe that VoIP-based telephony services brought in nearly $20.7 billion in revenues during the first six months of 2009? Incredible as it might sound, it is indeed true, according to data reported by market research firm Infonetics Research. Read more »

Google made a number of announcements last week, including one that will see it partner with San Francisco-based Twitter to get paid access to the micromessaging service’s data feed. The company also said it would launch a social search effort as part of Google Labs. The […] Read more »

Our friends at BillShrink, who developed an interactive tool that lets you compare handsets and pick the best phone-plan combination, crunched the data on some of the newer smartphones and compared them with the current champion, the iPhone 3Gs. “While sticker prices are roughly comparable between […] Read more »

Web browsing and Internet usage on mobile devices is booming, reports AdMob, a San Mateo, Calif.-based mobile advertising startup that tracks data across various mobile devices, applications and browsers. In its September 2009 Mobile Metrics report, the company found that of the top 10 devices in […] Read more »

Cisco Systems’ $2.9 billion purchase of wireless networking equipment maker Starent might be in trouble: The Law Offices of Brian M. Felgoise, P.C. , a law firm in Pennsylvania thinks that the wireless equipment makes is taking the lowball offer and not striking a hard enough […] Read more »

I just got off the phone with jkOnTheRun’s Kevin Tofel, and like every other geek, we were talking about Droid and its impact on the market. We were both wondering if Motorola’s release today of its Verizon-focused Droid handset killed the BlackBerry Storm2, the new version […] Read more »

LinkedIn, the business social network, hopped on the platform bandwagon this time last year by opening up its network to developers. It was a move I was excited to see Reid Hoffman’s crew make. LinkedIn, unlike some of the other professional networks that came before it, […] Read more »

After using a MacBook Air as my primary laptop for nearly two years, a month ago I bought a new, 15.4-inch MacBook Pro, mostly because I wanted to watch more videos when on the go. I also wanted the larger screen and the comforts of a […] Read more »

Hector Ruiz, the soft-spoken executive who rose to prominence as the chief executive officer of Advanced Micro Devices, has been named by government prosecutors as a senior executive who allegedly gave inside information in the Galleon hedge fund scandal, according to The Wall Street Journal. An […] Read more »

iTunes’ app store has more than 101,000 approved apps and over 93,000 are available now, according to AppShopper, an app-related web site. Our friends at Mobclix suggest that there are 103,000 apps for the iTunes store. In September, Apple reported that nearly 2 billion apps had […] Read more »

Amazon’s web services division (AWS), in a move clearly aimed at wooing enterprise customers, says it will launch a new relational database as a service called Amazon RDS. It will also cut prices of its EC2 on-demand compute service by 15 percent, starting Nov. 1st. Charges […] Read more »

I have been following Spotify, the hot startup of the moment, from the days when founder Daniel Ek used to share office space with one of our neighbors on Pier 38 in San Francisco. Since then, we have moved to new offices and Daniel’s company has […] Read more »

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