CommunicationsDirect News Daily Update - October 01, 2007

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Pronto! Unifies Internet Communications

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Communigate Systems, based in Mill Valley, Calif., wants to help employees communicate over the Internet more effectively with Pronto!, a new communications-oriented user interface created with Adobe's Macromedia Flash software. Pronto! is a software dashboard that aims to give users total control over e-mail, ...

EU Launches Qualcomm Investigation

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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- European Union antitrust regulators are investigating U.S. wireless technologies company Qualcomm for possible abusive business practices, European officials said Monday. Qualcomm, the world's second-largest chipmaker for cell phones, may have violated EU competition rules by refusing to share licensing...

Finland's Nokia to Buy Navteq for $8.1 Billion

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HELSINKI, Finland -- Nokia Corp., the world's largest mobile phone maker, announced Monday that it would buy U.S. navigation-software maker Navteq Corp. for around US$8.1 billion (?5.68 billion). The deal has been approved by the boards of both companies, it said. Under the agreement, Nokia will pay US$78 (?54.69) in...

Survey Sez: Goodbye VARs, Hello SPs

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In a recent study, marketing strategy and implementation consultancy Crimson Consulting Group identified and analyzed a number of key trends in the IT solution provider community, including the growth in managed services and the importance of vendor support. The online survey was conducted from a random sample of 273 Ziff Davis...

Siemens Mum on NSN Sale Talk

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Siemens AG has declined to comment on speculation that it may sell its 50 percent stake in Nokia Siemens Networks , the joint venture that has had a bumpy ride since it began operations on April 1 this year. NSN is one of the telecom industry's biggest vendors, with pro forma 2006 revenues of EU17.1 billion (US$24.3...

DT Goes Double Dutch for $1.9B

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Deutsche Telekom AG has snapped up France Telecom SA's Dutch mobile and broadband business Orange Netherlands for EU1.33 billion ($1.9 billion) in cash. The deal makes DT the clear No. 2 contender to KPN Telecom NV in the mobile and DSL sectors in the Netherlands. Once the acquisition is completed on October 1,...

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