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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

AOL to take $54 B quarterly charge

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Reshma Kapadia Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 San Jose Mercury News All Rights Reserved San Jose Mercury News…03/26/2002 From LexisNexis AOL Time Warner will take a $54 billion quarterly charge, likely to be the largest on record, to reflect a steep decline in the value of AOL's purchase of Time Warner, the Internet and media giant said in its annual report released Monday.

Video compression stealth scientists breed new approach

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The video compression people are back, this time with a "radical new approach" designed by a "handpicked team of scientists, mathematicians and engineers," Pulsent Corp. says. It also had a few harsh words for what it considers outdated block-based technology. The company says it spent four years in "stealth development" on the technology, which "provides a 400 percent improvement in bandwidth ...

TWC-Houston taps CSG; Comcast debuts in D.C.

March 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner Cable-Houston will use CSG Systems' Workforce Express software to automatically route technicians to assignments, based on skills and location, from a single desktop and in real time. The tools also allow detailed directions for technicians via a Web-enabled cell phone. TWC Houston has 650,000 customers in the Houston area.

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Boucher blasts FCC, CableLabs on secret licensing pacts

March 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Brigitte Greenberg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…03/25/2002 From LexisNexis Rep. Boucher (D-Va.), member of House Telecom Subcommittee, called on the Federal Communications Commission to make public the latest license agreement that CableLabs requires manufacturers to sign before they can bring to market navigation devices that connect to cable systems.

Many more Nortel jobs must go, analysts say

March 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo)…03/23/2002 From LexisNexis Nortel Networks Corp. must slash as many as 10,000 more jobs, on top of 50,000 it has already eliminated, to meet its financial obligations, according to a growing number of analysts. Another round of downsizing by Canada's largest technology company is seen as the only way it can stay ...

Radiance joins content delivery crowd

March 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

A new company, promising managed delivery of large digital assets across the Internet, debuted today, further crowding an already growing market for content delivery services. Flush with $17 million in initial funding, Los Altos, Calif.-based Radiance Technologies today announced its TrueDelivery software platform, aimed at enterprise customers with a need to assure delivery of large, media-ric...

Magis lands funding from SANYO

March 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

SANYO invested an undisclosed amount in Magis Networks Inc. as a first step toward using the company's Air5-based chipset. Under the deal, Hitachi will promote Magis' technology as a worldwide standard for 802.11a technology, and the two will develop common roadmaps and product applications, Magis says.

EarthLink debuts on TWC/Waco; Jedai hires new execs

March 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

EarthLink Inc. launched service to 184,000 homes in Time Warner Cable's Waco, Texas, service area, bringing the ISP's total debuts on TWC systems to about 25. TWC is pursing multi-ISP deals with several ISPs as part of a mandate stemming from AOL's merger with Time Warner. AOL also launched high-speed service in the area.

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Time Warner shares the VOD wealth with nCUBE

March 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Pushing ahead with its multi-vendor approach to video-on-demand, Time Warner Cable said Monday it will deploy nCUBE equipment to offer VOD in seven additional markets. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Time Warner Cable is deploying nCUBE's n4 video servers and VOD management platform in Los Angeles and, reportedly, in the MSO's coveted New York City market.

Wave7 picks up $3 M from Mellon in Series B

March 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Mellon Ventures Inc. injected $3 million into Wave7 Optics' second round of financing, bringing the equipment maker's Series B total to $23 million. Other investors in the round include Advanced Technology Ventures, Armada Venture Partners, Morganthaler and Lucent Ventures Partners. The funds will go toward Wave7's introduction of its Last Mile Link package of optical access products, which pro...

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Office market 2Wire's new target

March 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Home-network gateway makers are growing more enamored with the small- to medium-sized business market, and products aimed at that market are only starting to emerge. A player in the residential gateway market, San Jose, Calif.-based 2Wire Inc., released the OfficePortal broadband router line to address the networking needs of small and SOHO businesses.

E-mail overload sends 10,000 e-mails into oblivion

March 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Sean Silcoff | Comments

Copyright 2002 National Post, All Rights Reserved National Post (f/k/a The Financial Post)…03/22/2002 From LexisNexis MONTREAL - Videotron Ltee, Quebec's largest cable company, says it will apologize to more than 300,000 of its Internet customers after losing an estimated 10,000 to 12,500 e-mails Tuesday night.

S-A to launch cable modem; Bell Labs breaks record

March 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta released its WebSTAR DPX120 Euro-DOCSIS 1.0-certified cable modem. The product also operates as DOCSIS modem, and uses a faster microprocessor than previous models. The cable modem is designed for Ethernet and USB conection, has a small footprint, uses WebWizard, and has enhanced bi-directional performance for data throughput.

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Liberate hits OpenTV with countersuit

March 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

With its ducks in a row, Liberate Technologies reiterated its Feb. 8 denial of infringing on two OpenTV patents and filed a counter lawsuit against OpenTV. Today's lawsuit seeks monetary damages and an injunction. Liberate's lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of California, alleges that OpenTV's technology violates several of Liberate's "early and seminal patents on key interactive televis...

DirecTV files signal theft lawsuit against radio host

March 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Call DirecTV Inc. unamused. The satellite company has filed a lawsuit against New York-based WFAN sports radio personality Sid Rosenberg over comments DirecTV says he made over the air. During a March 11 Imus in the Morning show with Don Imus, DirecTV says Rosenberg told Imus he had used an illegally modified DirecTV access card and urged Imus to do likewise.

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