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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...

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 ...

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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...


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...


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.

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.


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...

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.

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.


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