Will Premium VOD Be A Premium Flop?

Movie studios are keen on creating a new window enabling viewers to watch recently released films without going to the movie theater. With a "premium" VOD service, studios hope to capture the at-home viewing audience while still maintaining the high cost of the big screen.…

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The Battle Over the Next-gen Open Smart Grid

Will the smart grid eventually follow the path of the Internet with truly open standards? Several up-and-coming companies are betting that the answer will be a resounding "yes" and are looking to sign up customers that see the vision of the open standards-based smart grid.…

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Google TV or Apple TV?

Apple, met with limited success of the Apple TV, has called its device "a hobby" but Google, with its Google TV, is forging ahead with what it believes could revolutionize the industry. So how do they compare?…

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The U.S. WiMAX Smart Grid: Cisco Backs Grid Net, Michigan Pilot

A smart grid powered by the wireless standard WiMAX has made major strides in the U.S. this week. GE (s GE) announced that it would work on one of the first smart grid pilot programs based on WiMAX in the U.S. with Michigan utility Consumers Energy. At the same time, WiMAX smart meter startup Grid Net announced that networking giant Cisco (s CSCO) has taken an equity investment in the company.…

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Liquid Computing & the Curse of a Computer Hardware Startup

Liquid Computing, a startup building a unified computing box to help manage the virtualization of the data center, has lost its CEO and investors are winding down the company, showing how hard it is for a systems maker to stay alive and funded in today's environment.…

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YouTube Will Kill Flat-rate Mobile Broadband Pricing Forever

Video is driving the projected increase in both mobile and wired broadband, but it's not only the proliferation of video that's the problem for mobile operators, it's the relative ease that consumers now have accessing it. And that's causing mobile operators to rethink their pricing plans.…

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Cisco: The Mobilpocalypse Is Coming!!!!!

Cisco forecasts that by 2014 we will be using 3.6 exabytes per month on mobile networks worldwide, according to its Visual Networking Index figures released today. For those pondering an exabyte, it's equal to 1 billion gigabytes or half a trillion MP3 files.…

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Microsoft Finally Opens Azure for Business

Microsoft today finally opened up its cloud platform, Windows Azure, for business. Today the rubber meets the road -- and we will soon see how Azure does against larger players such as Amazon and Rackspace, as well as how it affects Microsoft's margins and other businesses.…

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Roaming Agreements Could Expand the Wi-Fi Renaissance

Thanks to the iPad, expect to see a lot more written about Wi-Fi for a few days. The still unattainable device (you can buy one in late March) is already being credited for bringing back the importance of fixed broadband networks as backhaul for Wi-Fi networks.…

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Why Juniper's Polycom Partnership Is Destined to Fail

Juniper and Polycom will deliver products and services to answer the looming threat Cisco plays in the videoconferencing space. But by taking a page from Cisco's playbook, they may have doomed themselves to failure. Instead of marrying the network and device, they should open things up.…

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