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Rumble sues Google over digital advertising practices

May 13, 2024

Video sharing platform Rumble said it has sued Google, arguing the tech giant has engaged in anticompetitive practices across its digital advertising products and sought damages in excess of $1 billion.

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Leaked FBI email stresses need for warrantless surveillance of Americans

May 9, 2024

A Federal Bureau of Investigation official recently urged employees to "look for ways" to conduct warrantless surveillance on US residents, an internal email shows. Security measures need to be further tightened, both in the consumer and enterprise spaces.

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Maximum-severity GitLab flaw allowing account hijacking under active exploitation

May 2, 2024

A maximum severity vulnerability that allows hackers to hijack GitLab accounts with no user interaction required is now under active exploitation, federal government officials warned as data showed that thousands of users had yet to install a patch released in January.

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US FCC approves T-Mobile deal to buy budget provider Mint Mobile

April 25, 2024

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said it will approve the T-Mobile US deal to buy Ka'ena Corp, the owner of budget service provider Mint Mobile, for up to $1.35 billion.

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Cisco says hackers subverted its security devices to spy on governments

April 24, 2024

Cisco Systems said that hackers have subverted some of its digital security devices to break into government networks globally.

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Meta Stock Drops 15% on "Disappointing Q2 Forecast"

April 24, 2024

Meta reported its first quarter earnings, and while it beat analysts' expectations on the top and bottom lines, a disappointing Q2 forecast sent shares of the social media giant plummeting more than 15%. Zuckerberg said the company is "scaling capex and energy expenses for AI."

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VoIP / Videoconferencing

Microsoft to separate Teams and Office globally amid antitrust scrutiny

April 2, 2024

Microsoft, will sell its chat and video app Teams separately from its Office product globally, the U.S. tech giant said on Monday.

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Avaya files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

February 15, 2023

Avaya Holdings Corp has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and secured a financing of $780 million as it restructures its business, the IT firm said on Tuesday.

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HP Inc. to Acquire Poly

March 28, 2022

HP Inc. announced a definitive agreement to acquire Poly, a leading global provider of workplace collaboration solutions, in an all-cash transaction for $40 per share, implying a total enterprise value of $3.3 billion, inclusive of Poly’s net debt.

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Ericsson to acquire Vonage for USD 6.2 billion

November 24, 2021

Ericsson to acquire Vonage for USD 6.2 billion to spearhead the creation of a global network and communication platform for open innovation

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Verizon will buy video conferencing company BlueJeans

April 16, 2020

Verizon is buying the video conferencing platform BlueJeans for $400M. BlueJeans' founders and management team will join the company to continue the platform's growth and its employees will also become part of Verizon.

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Security

What we know about the xz Utils backdoor that almost infected the world

April 1, 2024

A lone Microsoft developer rocked the world when he revealed a backdoor had been intentionally planted in xz Utils, an open-source data compression utility available on almost all installations of Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.

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Cloud Computing

Cisco to Acquire Splunk

September 21, 2023

Cisco and Splunk, the cybersecurity and observability leader, announced a definitive agreement under which Cisco intends to acquire Splunk for $157 per share in cash, representing approximately $28 billion in equity value.

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With a simple cloud solution, Blue Jeans takes on video conferencing giants

October 23, 2013

Blue Jeans' simple cloud-based solution plugs the gaps in video conference systems across the globe is what makes Blue Jeans one of the hottest tech start-ups of recent times.

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Mobile

AT&T now says data breach impacted 51 million customers

April 10, 2024

AT&T is notifying 51 million former and current customers, warning them of a data breach that exposed their personal information on a hacking forum. However, the company has still not disclosed how the data was obtained.

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Line goes live with calls to cell phones, landlines

March 17, 2014

Line, the Japan-based mega messaging app, said that it's giving its audience in eight countries access to a new product called "Line Call," a service that lets people dial landlines and cell phones from the application for a fee.

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Google sells Motorola unit to Lenovo for $2.9B

January 29, 2014

Google confirmed that it has sold Motorola for $2.91 billion, consisting of $660 million in cash and $750 million in Lenovo shares, with the remaining $1.5 billion paid in the form of a three-year promissory note.

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Tata Comm Launches Mobile VoIP Platform

January 20, 2014

Tata Communications Ltd. (Tata Comm) announced the launching of its mobile VoIP platform, a hosted, white label solution that allows mobile network operators (MNO) and other retail voice providers to deliver and monetize innovative converged IP communication services.

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Other News

Cisco Launches Webex Hologram, An Augmented Reality Meeting Solution

October 26, 2021

Cisco unveiled a preview of its next-generation hybrid work collaboration product called Webex Hologram. It is the industry's only real-time meeting solution that takes advantage of augmented reality headsets to combine feature rich Webex meeting functionality with immersive 3D holograms.

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8X8 Acquires Jitsi Video Communications Technology from Atlassian

October 29, 2018

8x8, Inc. announced that it has acquired the Jitsi open source video communications technology and its highly skilled team of open source video technology experts.

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TrueConf Brings the Courtroom to the Prisoner: Connecting Courts and Prisons in Switzerland with TrueConf Server

April 5, 2018

Department of Justice and Home Affairs has deployed a TrueConf Server video conferencing system in the courtrooms and prisons in the Canton of Zurich state department. This removes the need for mandatory physical appearance at court proceedings and parole hearings, and also reduces transport costs.

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InFocus unveils new video collaboration platform

February 11, 2016

InFocus has announced a new platform that focuses on scalable video collaboration

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WhatsApp could add voice calling very soon

April 9, 2014

Several rumors running around indicate that WhatsApp will add VoIP functionality to it's popular messaging platform.

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Chromebox For Meetings Set To Disrupt Enterprise Video Conferencing

February 6, 2014

Google just introduced Chromebox for meeting, a new integrated system that lets users easily arrange virtual meetings whether scheduled in Google Calendar or spontaneous. Based on Chrome OS, Chromebox for meeting is a dedicated enterprise/SMB virtual conferencing appliance that is designed to be much more affordable and easier to setup than existing solutions.

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Just Hanging Out

February 6, 2014

In collaboration with Google, Vidyo announced today both a product and a service that will allow H.323- and SIP-based video devices to interconnect with Google+ Hangouts

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FCC votes to begin testing an overhaul of US phone system

January 30, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted to launch a series of trials to investigate how best to update the telephone system in the United States. The idea is to replace the system's traditional phone lines with networks that are based on Internet Protocol.

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Logitech launches camera that turns any place into a video collaboration room

January 28, 2014

Logitech is launching a new conference camera that turns any meeting room into a video collaboration place.

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Patent licensing terms still murky for next-gen video

January 17, 2014

A patent licensing group has revealed many names of the corporate muscle behind H.265/HEVC — but the license itself remains elusive even as the technology arrives in the marketplace.

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Beam+ robot heads for homes, waving $995 price tag

January 15, 2014

With the unveiling of Suitable Technologies' Beam+, telepresence robots are becoming more affordable for many of the people who need them most.

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US: Appeals court strikes down FCC's Net neutrality rules

January 14, 2014

Broadband providers aren't "common carriers," court says, and that makes all the difference in a decision certain to shake up the fixed broadband and wireless industries.

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AMS: An Update on the Next Generation Multimedia System from the ITU-T

January 9, 2014

AMS (also known as H.325) is the next-generation multimedia system coming from the ITU-T, enabling a plurality of devices and applications to work harmoniously together in order to provide a richer communication experience. Get the latest information about this emerging standard.

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VoIP centres raided‚ father-son duo held

November 28, 2013

I read stories like these and wonder... Why?!?!? Money? Greed? Oppression? National security? Just what in the world could lead to continued enforcement of a law like this?

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FCC VoIP Ruling Bound to Disappoint Someone

November 18, 2013

Tom Wheeler is showing willingness to wade right into things as the new FCC chair, but there's one pot he doesn't have to stir. The telecom industry is already in hot debate over the Federal Communications Commission's plans to consider changing how voice services should be regulated in the IP era, an action that could have far reaching impact.

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Open-Sourced H.264 Removes Barriers to WebRTC

October 30, 2013

Cisco plans to open-source our H.264 codec, and to provide it as a binary module that can be downloaded for free from the Internet. Cisco will not pass on its MPEG LA licensing costs for this module, and based on the current licensing environment, this will effectively make H.264 free for use in WebRTC.

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Verizon to pay Vodafone $130B for stake in Verizon Wireless

September 2, 2013

Verizon Communications has reached a deal to acquire Vodafone's stake in their Verizon Wireless joint venture for $130 billion.

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Microsoft to acquire Nokia's device and services division

September 2, 2013

Microsoft will acquire Nokia's devices and services unit and license the company's mapping services in a deal worth US$7.2 billion in a bid to bolster the company's position in the smartphone market.

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REACH Introduces an Recording and Streaming Device for H.323 Video Conferencing

August 30, 2013

REACH manufactures professional solutions for video conferencing recording and streaming. The H.323 Network Recording and Streaming Server is the latest-generation device developed by REACH. By supporting the standards H.323, H.225.0, H.245 and H.239, the recording server is compatible with various brands of video conferencing systems, such as Polycom, Cisco/Tanberg, Lifesize, RadVision, HUAWEI and ZTE.

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ITU Readies New 1Gbit/s Broadband Standard

July 16, 2013

G.fast, a new ITU broadband standard, that promises up to 1 Gbit/s over existing copper telephone wires, is one step closer following a meeting of ITU-T Study Group 15 this week. G.fast is designed to deliver superfast downloads up to a distance of 250 meters, thereby eliminating the expense of installing fibre between the distribution point and people’s homes.

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Skype says it will kill its Desktop API by end of 2013

July 13, 2013

Skype, the Microsoft-owned internet telephony service, is planning to kill its Desktop API (application programming interface), according to an email sent to developers by Chris Andrews, Head of Skype Developer Program.

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New Firefox earns full WebRTC

June 25, 2013

WebRTC may sound like yet another Internet acronym, but what it brings to browsers could be the death knell for plugins — and it just landed in the latest version of Firefox.

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