TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Monday, March 6, 2006

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Where Babies Come From: Supply and Demand in an Infant Marketplace

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Persistent demand from people who have been denied the blessings of parenthood has created an assisted-reproduction market that stretches around the globe and encompasses hundreds of thousands of people. In the United States alone, nearly 41,000 children were born via in vitro fertilization (IVF) in 2001. Roughly 6,000 came from donated...

Auction Action: Slower This Time Around?

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The federal government stands to reap billions of dollars from the June 29 auction of advanced wireless services (AWS) spectrum, but bidding might not be as vigorous as it has been in the past. And the biggest historical bidders may be no-shows, according to some analysts. The changes aren't due to a single factor but to many. Some of...

Job Cuts Feared as AT&T Makes $67 billion Bid for BellSouth

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ATLANTA -- AT&T Inc.'s $67 billion bid for BellSouth Corp. would expand the number of voices using America's largest telecommunications company, but it may end up sounding more like a hang up for some employees. San Antonio-based AT&T expects the acquisition announced Sunday to save it $2 billion annually, partially...

OTE Seeks Total Control of CosmOTE

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Dominant Greek telecoms operator OTE has confirmed its readiness to acquire the 34% share that it does not already own in its mobile arm CosmOTE. Dow Jones, quoting OTE's reply to a letter from the Athens Stock Exchange authorities, reports that the firm is mulling the option of buying the remaining CosmOTE stake during the timeframe of...

Software Makes Teleconferencing More Convenient

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Despite the best efforts of many software vendors, teleconferencing systems aren't always easy to use. While great strides have been made over the years in sound and video quality, as well as in tools that help teleconference participants to interact with each other, most systems still fall short in terms of user accessibility and...

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