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Moloney takes top spot at Motorola Broadband

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Dan Moloney has been named president of Motorola Broadband Communications Sector, replacing company veteran Dave Robinson, who stepped down to pursue CEO-level opportunities elsewhere. An 18-year Motorola veteran (including time at General Instrument before it merged with Motorola in Jan. 2000), Moloney, the senior vice president and general manager of Motorola Broadband's IP Systems Group, wi...

Broadcom, Microtune trade punches over tuner tech

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Aiming to leverage a recently awarded patent, silicon maker Broadcom Corp. has filed a counterclaim against Microtune Inc., which filed a lawsuit against Broadcom early last year over tuner-on-a-chip technology. Broadcom hopes to include in the case patent No. 6,377,315, which describes a "system and method for providing a low power receiver design.

Xtend trumpets 3 GHz cable overlay

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Israel-based Xtend Networks Inc. is marketing an electronics-laden overlay designed to boost a cable network's capacity by as much as 3 GHz without upgrading the network's infrastructure. The company has already found a supporter in Israeli MSO Golden Channels, which has completed a beta trial of Xtend's technology.


Turner serves up interactive Wimbledon fare

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Wimbledon, tennis' most regal fortnight, is getting an interactive facelift this year, thanks to a collaboration between Turner Sports Inc. and the All England Lawn & Tennis Club. In addition to the usual coverage on TNT, some viewers are also getting treated to Wink-enabled polls and trivia, a VOD package that touts some classic Wimbledon matches and wireless updates from America Online.

Motorola sells off fix-it unit

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Manhattan Digital Corp. (MDC) has inked a deal to purchase Motorola Broadband's Matamoros, Mexico-based set-top and cable modem repair business for an undisclosed sum. MDC said it expects to close the deal for the division, dubbed Ensambladora de Matamoros S.A. de C.V. (EDEMSA), by 2Q 2002.

Loss narrows at Liberate

June 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Liberate Technologies Inc. has posted a narrower year-over-year quarterly loss, which is in line with the Street's expectations. The interactive TV platform provider posted a net loss of $68.5 million, or 64 cents a share, down from a net loss of $79.5 million, or 76 cents a share, in the comparable period a year earlier.

Working group unveils HDMI spec draft

June 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Just two months after forming, the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) group has unveiled a draft of its next-generation digital interface for consumer electronics specification. The HDMI format is a single, high-speed connection designed to carry full-bandwidth digital video and audio from set-top boxes to TV sets.

MeridianTelesis eyes national stage

June 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In less than three years, carrier network-neutral co-location company MeridianTelesis is ready for the national stage. Earlier this month, the company inked a deal with Broadwing to take over operational control of Broadwing's facilities in New York, N.Y.; Dallas; and Santa Clara, Calif. Although financial terms were not disclosed, MeridianTelesis Founder and President David Taffet tells CED Br...


Nortel gets closer to the Edge

June 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Nortel Networks has inked a $18.5 million deal to assist Edge Wireless LLC with its network upgrades in the western United States. The deal expands the companies' existing relationship. Under the terms of the three-year deal, Nortel has been named Edge's provider of GSM/GPRS (global systems for mobile communications and general packet radio service) wireless infrastructure upgrades for its exis...

House panel will call top WorldCom figures in probe of $3.8 billion scandal

June 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by William Glanz | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Washington Times The Washington Times…06/28/2002 From LexisNexis The House Financial Services Committee planned to issue subpoenas yesterday for three current and former WorldCom Inc. officials and an investment banker to appear at a July 8 hearing on the company's disclosure that it hid $3.

WorldCom: Bush promises investigation; SEC charges fraud

June 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

While much of the economic industry is still spinning from WorldCom Inc.'s announcement that it misreported nearly $4 billion in expenses, the government has been swift to take action. After hearing the news, President George W. Bush vowed that the matter would be "fully" investigated. "There is a need for a renewed corporate responsibility in America," he said.

Net2Phone, Liberty trial IP telephony

June 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Voice over IP service provider Net2Phone Inc. and Puerto Rico's Liberty Cablevision have launched a managed IP telephone service test, marking the first managed end-to-end IP telephony service over broadband networks, the companies claim. The first call was placed yesterday by Net2Phone Chairman Howard Jonas in Luquillio, Puerto Rico to Liberty Media Chairman John Malone in the United States.


BellSouth targets small business sector

June 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

According to industry research, there are roughly 22.4 million small businesses in the United States, and BellSouth Corp. wants a bigger piece of the market. The company has expanded its data service portfolio to retain and attract more customers in this sector. BellSouth has renewed its commitment to the small business sector, and as part of that commitment, the company has rolled out new secu...

Comcast dials into IP telephony in Philly

June 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

Comcast Corp. has announced it will be calling up Internet Protocol telephony service in its hometown of Philadelphia in mid 2003. It is the first voice-over IP deployment for the Philadelphia-based MSO, which already has 40,000 circuit-switched telephony customers in Michigan and Virginia. For the Philadelphia service, Comcast will use a voice-over-IP system powered by Arris Group Inc.

Motorola eliminates 7,000 jobs

June 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Motorola Inc. still has its eye on returning to profitability this year, and is taking additional steps to make sure that happens. The latest: the company is cutting another 7,000 jobs. The 7,000 positions will be eliminated across the company's business segments and corporate headquarters. Earlier this month, the company reaffirmed its guidance for the second quarter, and it is sticking with t...


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