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In the early days of blogging there were just a few of us who blogged about VoIP and other such telecom topics. Russell Shaw was one of them, and he was very good at it. A good-natured and knowledgeable fellow, Shaw had a Rolodex that was […] Read more »

DirecTV’s lack of a broadband pipe and its subsequent inability to offer video on demand is the satellite broadcasting service’s proverbial glass jaw. And their workaround for the VOD problem has all the makings of a disappointment. Read more »

Updated: Swedish telecom operator Telia and U.S.-based connectivity provider Cogent Communications have gotten into an ugly spat and have stopped interconnecting, according to some of my sources in the telecom business. What this essentially means is that Telia’s DSL customers could have trouble seeing Cogent-connected web […] Read more »

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AOL, fresh off its $850 million purchase of social network Bebo, is now eyeing KickApps, a white-label social software company, reports Kara Swisher. Her sources peg the deal price at around $90 million. The deal hasn’t been inked just yet. KickApps, based in New York, has […] Read more »

This morning after AOL said it would spend $850 million to buy social networking site Bebo, I had a chance to chat with Ron Grant, AOL’s chief operating officer. What follows is an edited version of our conversation. OM: Why Bebo? GRANT: Bebo is one of […] Read more »

AOL today agreed to buy fast-growing social network Bebo for close to $850 million in cash. Given the challenges MySpace and Facebook have had trying to monetize their audiences, it’s a ballsy move by AOL — it’s also one that highlights the schizophrenic nature of parent company Time Warner. Read more »

It is everywhere…that green ShareThis button, that is. It is a clever little script that allows web surfers to share web pages, blog posts and even videos with their friends, or on social media sites. And now Nextumi, the company behind ShareThis, has raised $15 million […] Read more »

Given how many of my readers are on the East Coast of the continental US, I was thrilled to let them know that Verizon was now offering many of them an option to buy 7 Mbps DSL connections. (Of course there are thousands who have access […] Read more »

Web businesses — From Google to Facebook to Hulu to MySpace, and everything in between — are seeing unprecedented growth, and the new web infrastructure buildout presents a huge opportunity, for both entrepreneurs and their backers. We will explore this buildout — the ideas, the technology and the money behind it all — at our Structure 08 conference on June 25. Read more »

YouTube is making a big API push in an attempt to make itself pervasive in the online video ecosystem. While it might seem like this is an attempt to take on white label video providers, Google-owned video service denies that, and is dangling its huge audience […] Read more »

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Verizon is expanding its 7-megabits-per-second DSL to 1.2 million additional consumers in 12 Eastern states and the District of Columbia. That is twice the speed of Verizon’s current fastest offer and costs $39.99 a month. The following locations are part of the 7 Mbps high-speed Internet […] Read more »

The 700 MHz auctions are finally coming to a close, meeting most if not all expectations. And soon this will set off a network buildout frenzy, especially among the upstarts who end up winning this precious spectrum. Ericsson, the mobile equipment maker, is betting that they […] Read more »

Apparently working on a large screen can make you quite productive. Given that my primary laptop is a Macbook, somehow I buy into this argument. OK maybe I am looking for an excuse to buy a big-screen monitor, but I don’t know which one. I am […] Read more »

Personal file storage, sharing and syncing is one of those categories of technology problems that, despite all efforts, no one ever seems to get right. But one service that comes pretty close is DropBox, which is available via a public beta today. Read more »

In-flight broadband will take to the skies this spring. Passengers flying Virgin America and American Airlines in and out of New York will be offered gogo, a new service from Aircell that the company claims will provide broadband speeds in the friendly skies of 2 megabits per second. Read more »

Hulu is launching tomorrow and has signed Warner Bros., Lionsgate, the NBA, and the NHL. The site also features premium web content from Vuguru, WatchMojo and WineLibrary TV. Hulu has come a long way for its early days when it was referred to as Clown Co […] Read more »

Kevin O’Hara, co-founder and COO of Level 3, has resigned, the Broomfield, Colo.-based backbone services company said today. His exit raises questions about Level 3 in general and the state of multiple acquisitions made by the company over the past couple of years. It also makes […] Read more »

Data traffic management, viewed as a vile practice on the wired networks, could actually prove to be useful when it comes to the smooth functioning of wireless broadband networks, thanks to a novel new approach and technology developed by Bell Labs and introduced today by its […] Read more »

Put this in the dumb-things-dumb-government-officials-do category! Apparently India’s Department of Telecommunications has rejected Tata Teleservices’ application to offer RIM’s BlackBerry on their network. DoT’s dumb excuse: “BlackBerry service does not allow for ‘lawful interception’ mandated for all Value Added Services (VAS).” In other words, they are […] Read more »

[qi:004] Merrill Lynch analysts suggest that because of a strong euro and looming price wars, Deutsche Telekom might make a bid for beleaguered Sprint and add it to its T-Mobile USA unit. In theory it may seems like a wonderful idea. In reality, if this deal […] Read more »

[qi:111] So those rumors about the iPhone SDK delay were right after all: it won’t be until June 2008 till you get to put new apps on your iPhones. But that’s enough time for John Doerr & the venture firm he leads, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & […] Read more »

Move Networks, a streaming video startup, says its technology will be integrated into the new iteration of Microsoft’s Silverlight technology when it becomes available later this year. John Edwards, CEO of Move, told NewTeeVee that, going forward, if you have Silverlight installed on your computer you […] Read more »

GyPSii, a Netherlands-based company, sent out a press release today announcing the availability of its geo-location and social networking service on the iPhone. Though currently the service runs through a web site, the most interesting bit was buried in the press release. GyPSii also confirmed that […] Read more »

The use of open-source software and commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware is making a profound impression on the telecom market — one that seems destined to follow the path blazed by web economics. To date, the telecom industry has not yet fully embraced open-source and COTS hardware, […] Read more »

The Wall Street Journal reports that a growing number of companies are thinking about blocking online videos in the workplace — blaming productivity loss and clogged pipes for such a draconian line of thinking. Folks at NewTeeVee are in a tizzy about this. “Online video is […] Read more »

Facebook, the Palo Alto-based social network, has grand ambitions (or delusions) of becoming the company that prints “money” like Google has been doing in the search-and-find economy. Unfortunately their first attempt, Beacon, turned out to be a bit of a disaster. So what does Mark Zuckerberg […] Read more »

A few months ago, Anne Zelenka wrote about how WordPress could serve as the underpinning of a social network, an idea first postulated by Chris Messina. Of course when Automattic, the startup behind WordPress.com’s hosted service, raised a whopping $29.5 million in VC funding recently, I […] Read more »

[qi:086] RingCentral, a Redwood City, Calif.-based VoIP company, has raised $12 million in Series B funding, doubling the amount it raised in its Series A round. New investor DAG Ventures led the latest funding, with existing investors Sequoia Capital and Khosla Ventures participating as well. The […] Read more »

I have spent the past two months recuperating from my medical setback – reading, rebuilding my physical strength and of course, writing an occasional blog post or two. My doctors have given me permission to work — four hours a day – though travels and excessive […] Read more »

AllPeers, a personal P2P file-sharing startup based in Oxford, England, is down for the count. The company founders announced on AllPeers’ blog about the startup’s plans to shut down. The personal P2P file-sharing space is a crowded one; not many companies can claim success. AllPeers tried […] Read more »

Success in the mobile handset business is akin to a minor league player making it to the big leagues — a long shot. Over the past few years, I have seen many a big player capitulate and get out of the market. Alcatel, Siemens and Sendo […] Read more »

Scrabulous is like Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album of Facebook Apps. Everyone loves it except the guys who own Scrabble (Mattel and Hasbro), the board game that inspired Scrabulous. The legal troubles of the game cooked up by Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, two brothers living in […] Read more »

The Wall Street Journal today discusses the trials and tribulations of the U.S. dollar in a page one story, pointing out for whom it is causing problems, worldwide, and there was this one tiny bit that caught my eye: Yet for all of the gloom, the […] Read more »

If you thought eBay taking a hefty writedown for its mistake — I mean Skype was shocking — then Sprint’s Nextel deal writedown is going to leave you awed. Sprint Nextel reported a $29.5 billion loss, scratched its dividend and lost 683,000 customers. The company wrote […] Read more »

[qi:012] Google acquired JotSpot eons ago, so long ago that one almost forgets about the wiki company and its founder, Joe Krause. Apparently Google didn’t let it go to waste. It is now the underpinning of Google Sites, a web-based collaboration software service that is going […] Read more »

Facebook is planning a major site design and is showing off some minor tweaks that are an attempt to de-clutter the increasingly cluttered FB experience. They are playing around with tabs – one for the about page, another for photos and of course, the Wall. “We’re […] Read more »

IBM today announced a new mainframe, z10, targeting the enterprise data centers, that consumes 85 percent less power than traditional x86 servers and needs a much smaller real estate footprint. Big Blue claims a single z10 is equal to 1500 x86 servers and uses 64 quad […] Read more »

Google is down $35 a share to around $451 and continues to be under pressure. Why? comScore came out with January U.S. paid search data and it doesn’t look good. Google’s sponsored clicks were down 7 percent month-over-month, effectively flat year-over-year and down 12 percent quarter-over-quarter. […] Read more »

Apple upgraded its Macbook and Macbook Pro lines of notebooks. With three product lines – Macbook, Air and Pro – it is time for you to tell us which is the Mac notebook you like the most, and why? Take our poll and then leave a comment. Read more »

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