TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Wednesday, April 12, 2006

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Vodafone Prepares for World Cup Mobile TV Broadcasts

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Vodafone Netherlands has announced plans to broadcast 64 matches in the 2006 soccer World Cup in Germany straight onto mobile phones. In a press release yesterday, the operator said that customers would need to make a one-off payment of 5 euro (US$6.10) to gain access to exclusive pictures of goals, highlights, match round-ups, a daily...

KPN Loses Protection against Hostile Takeover

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In a clash of opposing groups, shareholders in Dutch telecoms group KPN have blocked attempts by the company to institute a mechanism to prevent a hostile takeover, according to Reuters. At the company's annual general meeting (AGM), U.S. shareholders fought off opposition from shareholders representing several Dutch pension funds to...

Getting Small: Gateway's Ultraportable Notebooks

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For many people, particularly business travelers, ultraportable notebook computers mark the perfect balance between mobility and computing power. With Wi-Fi hotspots proliferating worldwide, the easy-to-tote systems are widely appreciated for their ability to connect users to the home and office via both voice and data links. ...

Cuban Won't Stream HDNet

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ATLANTA -- NCTA National Show -- HDNet founder Mark Cuban pledged to the cable industry here Tuesday that he would not use the open Internet to distribute his company's high-definition video content. "You're never going to see a streaming HDNet," Cuban said. One of the cable executives sitting next to Cuban asked him to "promise." And...

eBay Buys Skype A Present

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eBay is buying Sonorit Holding AS of Luxembourg and its U.S. subsidiary Camino Networks Inc. in order to get its hands on the startup's voice technology team, which will become a part of eBay subsidiary Skype. The deal is being presented as Skype buying all Sonorit/Camino assets -- believed to consist almost entirely of intellectual...

Wireless Location Services for Businesses Could Top 1 Million Subscribers by 2010

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz -- Depending largely on the cellular operators' actions, the US Location-Based Services (LBS) business market is forecast to grow to from 582,000 to 1.1 million subscribed devices by the end of 2010, reports In-Stat. Location-enabled enterprise applications constitute a small but important segment of the market for...

Virgin Mobile USA Preloads AIM

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Virgin Mobile USA introduced a new Kyocera Wireless handset designed to keep text-happy teens satisfied. The Switch-Back handset comes preloaded with AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). The black handset flips from its clamshell-style form to a widescreen with a large QWERTY keypad, which is designed specifically for easy e-mailing, texting,...

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