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Skype to unveil group video chat function

May 5, 2010 8:00 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Skype plans a public "beta" test of a group video chat function that lets up to five people participate in a video call simultaneously.


Comcast launches 3G in Boston

May 4, 2010 8:45 am | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Comcast is making further inroads into the U.S. wireless market with the launch of its High-Speed 2go service in Boston.

RCN debuts TiVo Premiere in D.C.

May 4, 2010 8:40 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

As promised, RCN has begun to populate its systems with the new DVR.


Cisco increases CMTS capacity with new D3 line cards

May 4, 2010 8:35 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

The vendor ID’s two cable operators as customers of its channel-bonding technology.

Cisco signs on with Zodiac for tru2way partner program

May 4, 2010 8:30 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cisco has joined Zodiac’s Partner Program, which was designed to promote tru2way interoperability.

Mixed Signals adds EBIF monitoring

May 4, 2010 8:25 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company’s monitoring system can now assure EBIF apps are working the way they’re supposed to.

Harmonic offers compact optical node for cable systems

May 4, 2010 8:20 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

The 4x4 node is especially appropriate for Fiber Deep installations


ActiveVideo, SMiT integrate products

May 4, 2010 8:15 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

The combination enables cable operators to provide interactive TV.


Cell backhaul could grow to $3B a year for cable

May 4, 2010 8:10 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Wireless carriers’ move to 4G, with attendant broadband usage, is going to drive growing need for cable backhaul.


Feds to look at Apple policy on programming tools

May 4, 2010 8:05 am | by Joelle Tessler, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Federal regulators plan to examine whether Apple is violating antitrust rules.

Alvarion posts Q1 loss

May 4, 2010 8:00 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Alvarion’s revenue was down 23.5 percent year-over-year, from $67.9 million to $51.9 million.

Cox Business enables free Wi-Fi hotspots in R.I.

May 3, 2010 9:10 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Business is helping its customers offer access to free hotspots in Rhode Island.

Dish Network picks Widevine to aid TV Everywhere launch

May 3, 2010 9:05 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Widevine will be providing DRM and video optimization for Dish Network when the satellite provider launches its TV Everywhere service later this year.

Clearwire beaming WiMAX in central Pa.

May 3, 2010 9:00 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

The Clear 4G service is now available from Clearwire and Sprint.

Arris, Clearleap team up on VOD advertising

May 3, 2010 8:55 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Arris and Clearleap have integrated their respective technologies in order to help cable operators monetize their video-on-demand offerings.


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