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In the last few days, details have emerged of two new Video on Demand (VOD) services. YouTube (owned by Google) is said to be negotiating content deals to enable streaming of newly released movies -- about when they are released on DVD -- at a rate of approximately $5 per movie. Apple may or may not launch ...

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Cisco recently announced their intentions to acquire ExtendMedia, which operates in the white-label online video platform space. ExtendMedia’s main product OpenCASE offers an “end-to-end platform for the management, publishing and delivery of innovative content services to PCs, television, and mobile devices,” (from ExtendMedia’s website) highlighting a further move for Cisco into the “TV Everywhere” ...

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In Brazil, the last spectrum auction that occurred in 2007 was for 3G frequencies. Auctions for other frequencies were planned for 2008. That year, the auction was postponed to mid-2009, and in December 2009 it was postponed to mid-2010. MMDS operators owned 190 MHz of spectrum in the 2.5 GHz and 2.6 GHz ...

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In my recent report on Digital Radio, I made the case that “Smartphones are expected to include digital radio receivers starting in mid-2011, driven by carriers’ desire to offer users premium audio content while limiting the use of scarce radio spectrum”.This reason for adding radio to the cell phone is driven by market demand ...

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Yesterday, I was briefed by the open source unified communications (UC) solution provider, eZuce. Their openUC is a SIP-based solution that combines a number of key UC functionalities such as voice, video, conferencing, instant messaging, presence and mobility. What is unique about openUC is that all its components, including call control, can be hosted in ...

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Qualcomm unveiled its initial dual-core chipset strategy during the COMPUTEX 2010 tradeshow in June. The company announced this week that OEM system customers are expected to receive production-ready shipments of its 1.5 GHz QSD8672 Snapdragon chipset before the end of the year.

The first dual-core chipsets rolling out to customers fall into the MSM8x60 ...

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It just goes to show you how much interest there is in mobile proximity payments (physical location mobile commerce, call it what you’d like) that the scoop Bloomberg had on the not-ready-for-primetime Verizon/AT&T/T-Mobile/Discover/Barclaycard initiative has set off so much media speculation. Yes, this initiative could be very big news for mobile ...

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