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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.

CableLabs taking precautions against collusion queries

March 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Brigitte Greenberg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…03/22/2002 From LexisNexis When CableLabs unveiled Go2Broadband in June 2000, it was celebrated as new and important tool to spur widespread adoption of broadband by making it easier for consumers to determine whether required technology was available in their area.

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Lawmakers grill Global, Qwest, WorldCom brass

March 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Andrew Backover | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…03/22/2002 From LexisNexis WASHINGTON — Telecommunications executives defended their accounting practices Thursday as lawmakers questioned whether the companies used shady bookkeeping and misled investors. On the hot seat: Global Crossing, the fiber-optic carrier, which in January became the biggest telecom to file for Chapter 11 bankru...

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Ciena considering more acquisitions

March 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Justin Baer | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…03/22/2002 From LexisNexis Ciena Corp., the maker of fiber-optic equipment that agreed to purchase rival ONI Systems Corp. last month, may buy more companies this year to bolster its line of networking gear, an executive said. "Do we have everything we need? The answer is no," Steve Chaddick, Ciena's chief strategy officer, said in...

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DirecTV inks reseller deal with Worldcom, ups guidance

March 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

DirecTV Broadband inked a deal with WorldCom to expand its DSL service into the West and Midwest via a rebranding agreement with WorldCom. DirecTV parent Hughes Electronics also updated its first-quarter guidance on the DirecTV service. The deal is basically a reseller agreement that gives DirecTV Broadband access to WorldCom's systems.

Charter pulls back on Microsoft TV-DCT-5000 combo

March 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Charter Communications is delaying plans to deploy Microsoft TV software for advanced DCT-5000 set-top boxes as the MSO shifts its iTV efforts toward a new class of "companion" boxes designed to co-exist with legacy, "thin-client" DCT-2000s. Charter spokesman Andy Morgan said the MSO will not deploy Microsoft-powered iTV services on the DCT-5000 early this year as originally planned, and has no...

Key lawmakers say telecom bill unlikely to pass Senate

March 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by William Glanz | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Washington Times The Washington Times…03/21/2002 From LexisNexis Key lawmakers said a bill to deregulate the telecommunications industry will not pass the Senate, crushing the momentum that its sponsors built over three years while they shepherded the measure through the House.

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Eagle opens third Texas headend facility

March 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Eagle Broadband's ClearWorks unit finished a master headend facility near Austin, Texas, and will launch its bundled digital services within a week. The headend "provides Eagle Broadband a distribution and control point to serve a large portion of the … base that surrounds Austin, as well as the Central Texas area in general, says President and COO Manny Carter, in a statement.

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Comcast to open $15M call center in Ann Arbor

March 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Brenda Rios | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Detroit Free Press Detroit Free Press…03/21/2002 From LexisNexis Comcast Corp., the biggest cable company in Michigan, plans to open a $15 million call center in Scio Township outside Ann Arbor that will create 400 jobs by the end of January 2003.

Telecom execs face questions

March 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jayne O'Donnell, Andrew Backover | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…03/21/2002 From LexisNexis Enron backlash on Capitol Hill ensnares the telecommunications industry today with the first congressional hearing into Global Crossing's accounting. Global Crossing executives, with officials from Qwest Com- munications, Cable & Wireless and WorldCom, are expected to be grilled about Global's network swaps.

AOLTW aids 9-11's K-12 victims; Cable Center gets $5 M

March 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The AOL Time Warner Foundation donated $250,000 to The After School Corp. to help K-12 students in Manhattan who were most affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The funding, for programs in public schools south of Manhattan's Canal Street, ultimately will help build after-school programs for more than 2,500 students, the company says.

Motorola BCS taps Zone's firewall; RealNetworks' user update

March 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications Sector will bundle Zone Labs Inc.'s ZoneAlarm Pro and ZoneAlarm Internet firewall products in it SURFboard cable modems. Under the deal, Motorola will bundle Zone Labs' CD-ROM with the SURFboard SB4200 retail cable modem, and may offer it to its broadband cable operator customers via bundling and its Web site, it says.

Net2Phone files lawsuit against Cisco

March 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Net2Phone and its ADIR Technologies unit filed a lawsuit against Cisco Systems, alleging Cisco reneged on an agreement and misrepresented the basis of a business relationship. "This appears to be an effort to justify a business failure by filing a lawsuit," says Cisco spokesman Steve Langdon. ADIR has also announced it would pursue further cost-cutting measures.

ITC needs more time on Gemstar patent lawsuit

March 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A U.S. International Trade Commission judge delayed until June a decision in a patent-infringement lawsuit Gemstar-TV Guide filed against nearly 10 companies. Citing the case's complexity, Judge Paul J. Luckern's order extends until June 21 at the latest an initial decision on whether or not Gemstar's Interactive Program Guides patents were violated.

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