TelecomDirect News Daily Update - September 21, 2006

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U.K. Regulator Slams EU Plans for Internet TV

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Ofcom has become the latest critic of the EU plan to regulate video content on the internet, warning that it would have a dire impact on Europe's internet TV, mobile multimedia, and online gaming industries. Earlier in the year, the EU had launched a major review of the 1989 'Television without Frontiers' (TWF) directive, ...

Time Warner to Sell AOL France Internet Business to Neuf Cegetel for About $365 Million

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NEW YORK -- Time Warner Inc. said it agreed to sell AOL France's Internet access business to Neuf Cegetel, a French telecommunications network operator, for about $365 million (E287.95 million) in cash. Under the agreement announced Wednesday, Neuf Cegetel will acquire AOL's Internet access business in France, including ...

A Blackberry With a Camera

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Tap-happy BlackBerry users will soon be able to press another button with their overworked fingers -- a shutter button. The new RIM BlackBerry Pearl is the first BlackBerry to offer a 1.3-megapixel camera. The device also supplies music and video playback, expandable memory, a mapping application, EDGE support and Bluetooth ...

New Wireless Devices Unveiled

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Several new wireless devices are hitting the market. In the category of new wireless handsets, T-Mobile USA introduced a new ultra-slim offering from Samsung, while Nokia unveiled a new 3G video phone and Motorola debuted a new fixed wireless phone. Meanwhile, Sprint Nextel announced an updated BlackBerry device from Research In Motion ...

Verizon GNOSC Monitors, Supports Gov't Managed Services

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Verizon Business cut the ribbon to its new Government Network Operations and Security Center (GNOSC), which the carrier division says is 'dedicated to supporting the unique security and operational requirements of its federal government customers.' The GNOSC, located in Washington, D.C.'s Northern Virginia suburbs, ...

Moto's Symbolic Convergence

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Motorola Inc.'s planned $3.9 billion acquisition of Symbol Technologies Inc. will give the firm more pieces to help it complete the enterprise fixed/mobile convergence puzzle. The world's second largest cellphone maker is already working on dualmode handsets to allow end-users to switch between WiFi and cellular ...

Carriers: Show Me the (Optical) Startups

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DALLAS -- Optical Expo 2006 -- Venture capitalists, get your wallets out. Service providers at a panel here today say there is still a need for more innovation in optical networking equipment. In a panel discussion on optical networking trends and tribulations, representatives from DynamicCity Inc. , Level 3 Communications Inc., ...

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