Stories for Nov. 3, 2004

(sub. req.) (A version re-posted here) FT does a story on what Jeff has called Citizens Media…coming about as a result of tools like blogs… Read more »

The Text Entry Problem definedAnyone who has used a handheld, Tablet PC, or computer with a touchscreen has dealt with the problem of on-screen text entry. Every device platform has some sort of keyboard that appears on the screen with which the user “spells” words by […] Read more »

VSNL, a Tata Group company buying Tyco Global Network for $130 million has received the scrutiny of previous high profile buyouts such as Singapore Telemedia snapping up Global Crossing for $250 million or Reliance Infocomm buying FLAG Telecom for $211 million. (In case you are interested, […] Read more »

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Broadband Over Power Lines is the new big thing, but a Platt’s study shows that even consumers might not be interested unless it is offered to them at dirt cheap prices. “Nearly one-quarter of residential customers in our survey said they would be very interested in […] Read more »

There has been lot of mud slinging going on in Lafayette, Lousiana. The city plan to build its own fiber to the home network came under PR attacks from local cable company, Cox and phone operator, BellSouth. Tt seems that the City-Parish Council will make a […] Read more »

Rediff reports Indian incumbent Mahanagar Telecom Nigam Ltd (MTNL) will start its broadband services in Delhi from January next year and will bundle the broadband connection with its telephone service in which local calls will be free to the subscriber. Competition is working in India….yeah! Read more »

Voxilla reports that VoIP traffic on networks of companies like Voice Pulse, Broadvox and Nufone jumped drastically as the political activity heated up. Vonage didn’t know if there was any additional call volume Tuesday, but the company said it did have a significant number of installations […] Read more »

Light Reading: There are a number of names being bandied about as possible nominees should Bush win a second term, including Becky Klein, former Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Texas, and FCC Commissioner Kevin Martin, who worked on the first Bush campaign. I am […] Read more »

Say what you may about the new 47.6 million subscriber strong Cingular Wireless, it has to feel good to be the #1 player in the fastest growing cellular market in the developed world. Who cares soon Verizon will kick their behind and overlap them, purely because […] Read more »

Brian Roberts, CEO of the largest cable company says that Comcast’s voice-over-Internet-protocol system should be 100% built by mid-2005, and the company is already testing the VoIP service in three markets. Roberts says Comcast’s VoIP calls will travel to its switching office and back over a […] Read more »

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Multichannel News: “Next year — and this is an aggressive prediction — I think we will do a billion television shows to our customers that will not be watched live,” Brian Roberts told audience at a Wall Street conference. Comcast has about 1,000 television shows — […] Read more »

EWeek reports that Avaya has announced a new IP Phone with video phone features, which integrates tightly with Polycom’s ViaVideo II camera. The desktop tool now does buddy-list style chat, IP voice or video calls. Avaya’s IP video solution does not perform multipoint conferencing at this […] Read more »

So you are ready to be the next Howard Stern, then for a mere $2850 you can start their own radio station on the Internet. Buy a simple box from World Vibrations, get a streaming music server, plug-in your Internet cable, a mike and your opinions. […] Read more »

In UK, ITV is broadcasting a weekly chart show in the UK featuring both the rintone and download charts. Sponsored by Orange, the show incl… Read more »

A rather strange rambling story, though rings true, in more ways than one: mobile music players need to let the market flourish on its own,… Read more »

Corante, one of the original blog media companies (one of the first ones to start, way back in early 2001), has snagged a deal with CNET-own… Read more »

Stories for Nov. 2, 2004

MANHASSET, N.Y., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ — CMP Media’s TechWeb Network today announced the ten finalists for the first annual Best Independent Tech Blog Readers Choice Awards. From October 10 – 29, 2004, TechWeb Network visitors, who are composed mainly of technology professionals at large, medium, and […] Read more »

Still searching for an identity, MSNBC goes back to its roots with an emphasis on interactive. The network has gone blog-crazy, seemingly ad… Read more »

This is the biggest venture in the Asia Pacific region: Seven leading Asia Pacific mobile operators have formed a regional mobile alliance,… Read more »

Texas Instruments is going to be flexing its VoIP muscles next week, as company announced that it has shipped 2 million chips that go into voice-over-cable products. In addition, the company is going to be announcing a deal with Arris for its voice-ready cable modems. Read more »

NBC is the only TV network transmitting its live feed online (for free, on, with about 10 seconds delay…of course, as it usually… Read more » relaunched this week with access to a digital edition of the print magazine. The digital edition goes online Sunday nights before… Read more »

CNBC is confirming the 700 layoffs…first reported by WaPo. The firing will be done in December….the main reason for layoffs is the fall… Read more »

The BBC continues to experiment and innovate online. The latest twist — a dictionary program that translates words as the user moves the cu… Read more »

Mark Handler, executive vice president and managing director of Walt Disney Internet Group International has outlined the company’s strategy… Read more »

A survey of 5,000 consumers from Britain, Germany, France, Sweden, Spain and Italy by Jupiter Research has revealed that most people don’t w… Read more »

Many popular blogs are down, as of this writing, due to election related traffic…, Wonkette, DailyKos (it is up but slow)..… Read more »

Microcell Solutions’ Fido has launched Name That Tune, a music recognition service that enables customers to take the guesswork out of figur… Read more »

Rock outfit Rooster are playing what has been billed as the first ever concert broadcast by phone on Tuesday evening from a London venue. T… Read more »

Ebooks Corporation today announced it has entered into a five-year distribution agreement with Nokia Corporation of Finland to distribute a… Read more »

Daily Wireless explains why Verizon may not be complaining about Nextel getting all that spectrum. “Perhaps there’s another reason to bury the hatchet over the Consensus Plan. A $10 billion VHF, trunked network using interoperable, Project 25 radios with an IP backbone is planned to serve […] Read more »

Cody Calhoun, director VAR channel development with Level 3 Communications says Level 3 is planning to make a solution generally available next year that will allow its partners to deliver IP phone service to homes, including emergency 911 service. He says about half a dozen companies […] Read more »

Tiny Nuvio is picking up the fight biggies are refusing to fight. The Kansas City-based carrier wants the FCC to prohibit MSOs, Baby Bells and other broadband providers from blocking or degrading access to other VoIP services, reports cable Datacom News. The company has a point: […] Read more »

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