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The Grim Reaper sweeps through Loudeye

June 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to save more than $10.2 million annually, webcasting and digital media service provider Loudeye Corp. is reducing its employee roster by 37 percent. The company has a goal of reaching operating cash flow breakeven by the end of the year, and said the cuts were necessary to stay on target. Once the restructuring is complete, the company expects to have 130 full-time employees in Seattle,...

WorldGate, Motorola extend iTV partnership

June 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Building on its three-year relationship with Motorola Inc., WorldGate Communications Inc. has signed a multi-year deal with Motorola's Horizon Developer Program. As part of this latest deal, Motorola and WorldGate will continue to work together to develop WorldGate's interactive television service on Motorola's advanced digital set-top boxes, including the DCT1000, DCT2000, DCT2500 and the DCT5...

Narad, IBM align to offer complete MSO SMB package

June 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

MSOs are increasingly interested in developing strategies for offering broadband connections to small- and medium-sized businesses that fall into their network footprints. Access technologies are currently being trialed in MSO labs, and a new strategic alliance between platform provider Narad Networks and IBM Corp.


ITC decision delivers blow to Gemstar

June 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. has been on the warpath for some time now, claiming that its patent is being infringed on. The interactive programming guide developer suffered a setback late Friday, however, when a judge ruled against it. An International Trade Commission judge has ruled that Gemstar competitors did not engage in unfair trade practices with regards to Gemstar's patented IPGs.

Terayon tanks on warning

June 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Terayon Communications Systems Inc.'s shares were down more than 40 percent in early trading today, following news that the company more than halved its second-quarter outlook. The broadband networking gear provider slashed its Q2 revenue outlook to $21 million and $30 million, down from an earlier forecast of as much as $60 million.

Microsoft, Verizon climb into bed together

June 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Look out America Online, Microsoft Corp. is moving full-speed ahead with its broadband agenda. The latest: the software giant has forged a DSL partnership with Verizon Communications. The co-branded service, dubbed "Verizon Online with MSN," will be available to all MSN Broadband customers and Verizon Online DSL customers in the Verizon Online DSL service area.

EchoStar, StarBand settle spat

June 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

A month after David decided to take on Goliath, StarBand Communications Inc. is claiming victory in its lawsuit with EchoStar Communications Corp. On May 24, StarBand filed the lawsuit against EchoStar, claiming "EchoStar has not forwarded any of the millions of dollars in fees it has collected and is collecting as its billing agent.

General Bandwidth confirms cuts

June 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to avoid following in the footsteps of two of its competitors, General Bandwidth is cutting a portion of its staff to conserve cash, the company confirmed today. General Bandwidth received an influx of funding in September, and has decided to reduce its staff in an effort to outlast the economic downturn, said Shannon Pleasant, General Bandwidth's director of corporate communications.


Wi-Fi said to solve broadband problem, if regulators don't block it

June 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…06/21/2002 From LexisNexis A former federal regulator said during an Internet conference Thursday that wireless LAN technology, or Wi-Fi, could solve broadband last-mile problems and lead to communications "nirvana," but only if the federal government didn't block its growth.


Adelphia Communications shouldn't fade to dark

June 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jack Katzanek | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Press-Enterprise The Press-Enterprise…06/21/2002 From LexisNexis Communities served by Adelphia Communications Corp. probably won't have any service disruptions if the cable company is forced to declare bankruptcy, an attorney said Thursday.

Necessary takes helm of Concurrent's VOD division

June 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cable vet Steve Necessary has left the top post at PowerTV Inc. to join Concurrent Computer Corp. as president of the company's "Xstreme" video-on-demand division. Necessary will report to Concurrent President and CEO Jack Bryant, who had been the acting president of Xtreme since he joined the company in Oct.

Adelphia misses another payment deadline; WorldCom defers payment

June 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Beleaguered Adelphia Communications Corp. inched closer to a bankruptcy filing, after it failed to make roughly $30 million in interest and dividend payments due June 17. Adelphia said it missed an interest payment of more than $23.4 million on 9-3/8 percent senior notes due on Nov. 15, 2009. Earlier this week, the company said it missed a $52.

Internet providers form coalition to lobby FCC

June 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 Bulletin Broadfaxing Network, Inc. The Bulletin's Frontrunner…06/20/2002 From LexisNexis The Washington Post reports, "More than 100 independent Internet service providers formed a new coalition earlier this week to fight what they say are unfair policies that favor the regional telephone giants and hurt the deployment of broadband.

Sycamore pares roster, products

June 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Networking gear maker Sycamore Networks Inc. is looking to weather the economic telecom storm by cutting staff, consolidating facilities and dumping the development of its standalone transport systems. Sycamore expects to incur fourth-quarter charges of as much as $55 million for its restructuring efforts.

More modems, headend gear break the DOCSIS 1.1 barrier

June 19, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

CableLabs said it handed out passing grades to eight cable modems and nine cable modem termination systems for the complex DOCSIS 1.1 specification following certification wave 22. With those additional stamps of approval, CableLabs has certified a total of 32 modems for DOCSIS 1.1, a specification that adds quality of service and other elements that underlie cable's forthcoming PacketCable pla...


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