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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


InFocus unveils new video collaboration platform

February 11, 2016

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


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.


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


Cloud Computing

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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Stay away from meetings with iRobot Ava 500 telepresence bot

June 10, 2013

Trundling along on the heels — or wheels — of its RP-VITA medical robot, the AVA 500 was introduced Monday by the company as an enterprise-grade telepresence robot.


ITU-T H.265 now available for download

June 10, 2013

The highly-anticipated video coding standard, ITU-T H.265 "High Efficiency Video Coding" (HEVC), is now available free of charge on the ITU website here.


Sprint Q4 loss widens to $1.32B as Nextel customers flee

February 7, 2013

Sprint's Nextel platform lost more than 1 million subscribers, offsetting progress made by its core business. Sprint posted a loss of $1.32 billion, or 44 cents a share, compared with a year-ago loss of $1.3 billion, or 43 cents a share. Revenue, however, rose to $9 billion.


Oracle to buy network gear maker Acme Packet for $2.1 billion

February 4, 2013

Oracle Corp will buy network equipment maker Acme Packet Inc for $2.1 billion, putting it in a better position to compete with Cisco Systems Inc in moving data securely over internet networks.


New video codec to ease pressure on global networks

January 25, 2013

A new video coding standard building on the PrimeTime Emmy award winning ITU-T H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC was agreed by ITU members. The new codec is informally referred to as "High Efficiency Video Coding" (HEVC) and was assigned the official name ITU-T H.265.


Surprise, surprise: Nokia's Q4 rides high on Lumia sales

January 10, 2013

The mobile phone business exceeds expectations and, hallelujah, Nokia shows signs of "underlying profitability." Moving 4.4 million Lumia smartphones had to help.


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