TelecomDirect News Daily Update - November 21, 2006

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Vodafone UK Boosts "Mobile Plus" Strategy with Acquisitions

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Vodafone UK has acquired two companies and signed an exclusive deal with a third as part of its drive towards becoming a 'Total Communications Provider' through its Mobile Plus strategy. The company said it has signed a conditional contract to acquire Aspective Limited and Isis Telecommunications Management Limited, and signed ...

France's Alcatel Sues Microsoft for Alleged Patent Infringement

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PARIS -- French telecommunications gear maker Alcatel SA said today it has sued Microsoft Corp. in a U.S. federal court for patent infringement. Alcatel filed Friday two complaints with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking compensation for what the Paris-based company believes to be a violation of ...

Survey Sez: Wireless Devices Maximize Productivity, Playtime

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A new Sprint subscriber survey says that while nearly all of them (93 percent) bring work-related wireless devices on vacation, the majority says they have achieved work-life balance (73 percent) and are more productive today than they were two years ago (67 percent). Being a 24/7 news organization, we at TelecomWeb news break are ...

Fixed/Mobile Handover Vexes Carriers

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Major carriers all over the world are launching fixed/mobile convergence (FMC) voice services that enable customers to place calls over mobile networks and WLAN access points using the same dual-mode wireless handset, yet many of them can't hand over calls between the two different networks. That's one of the findings of a ...

Data That Doesn't Drip ... Drip ... Drip ...

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You've heard of data leakage, but what about data seepage? That's when your desktop applications are set to connect to your internal mail server or shared folders -- for instance, when you boot up your machine -- and your corporate network is then exposed to a targeted attack. "Data seepage is one of the things ...

Sony, NXP to Standardize Contactless Chip Cards

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Standardization will pave the way to adoption. At least that's the thinking behind a new joint venture (JV) between Sony and NXP Semiconductors designed to create a global standard for contactless chip cards. The JV hopes to spur use of smart card applications in mobile phones. The two companies are joining forces to develop, ...

Check Point Spends on Protection

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Network security vendor Check Point made its first move into the data protection space today, spending $586 million for Protect Data, which owns Swedish mobile and storage security specialist Pointsec. Until now, Check Point has focused on firewall and VPN software, although Gil Shwed, the vendor's CEO has his eye on ...

HDMI Heads for Sustained Growth, While DVI Begins Decline in 2007

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Digital visual interface (DVI) and high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) are both experiencing record growth, but the future is much brighter for HDMI, reports In-Stat. HDMI-enabled device shipments will grow 78% per year through 2010, while DVI will begin to decline in 2007, the high-tech market research ...

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