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Cox Business Services Hospitality Network is gambling on SeaChange International Inc.'s VOD platform for 23,000 casino and resort hotel rooms in the United States. The platform will deliver on-demand movies and interactive services to Cox's 17 hotel customers in Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe, Atlantic City and other locations. …

Texas Instruments shipped 1.5 million semiconductor chips to its Bluetooth customers, a big chunk of the estimated 10 million units expected to be shipped to that market this year. TI says the chips are designed for such wireless applications as human interface devices (wireless mice or joysticks), cell phones and handsets, as well as point-to-point, and point-to-multipoint wireless home networks. …

Gartner's Dataquest alerted the telecom world to overlook that Argentina is in a "major recession and on the brink of default … (with debt) tallying upwards of $132 billion," and continue telecom investments in the country. Telecom rollouts will mildly stimulate the markets and contribute to profitability. Cutting back will be shortsighted for those interested in the Latin American market, Gartner says. The country's telecom market will reach $246 million next year, compared with this year's $244 million. …

Corning Inc.'s Corning International Corp. has an understanding with Hitachi Cable Ltd., under which the two would form a joint operation to manufacture fiber optic cable in Japan. The two are talking deals, hope to agree in January and ramp up production in August. Each would own 50 percent of the equity company, which will be based in Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Corning Cable would keep its Japan sales office and will manage Corning's interest in the venture. …

Separately, Corning International also has acquired Siemens AG's 51 percent interest in PT Siemens Kabel Optik in Indonesia, which makes fiber optic cable. Terms were not disclosed, but the company will operate under PT Communication Cable Systems Indonesia, and stems from Corning's 2000 purchase of Siemens' cable and hardware operations. PT Trafindo Perkasa Tbk of Jakarta, Indonesia, and Marsini Adinegoro are the other shareholders. …

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