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News Archive - July 2010

Google, LA hit speed bumps on move to cloud
July 23, 2010
Google and the city of Los Angeles have hit a speed bump in the full implementation of Google Apps into the city's various departments, and the costs of a delay could top $100,000—for Google.
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Smartphone shipments jump 43 percent
July 22, 2010
The second quarter saw 60 million smartphones shipped around the world, a 43 percent jump from a year ago, with Apple gaining more market share.
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Nokia profit plunges 40 percent
July 22, 2010
Nokia took home a profit of 227 million euros ($291 million), down from the 380 million euros a year earlier. Sales for the quarter that ended June 30, 2010 were virtually flat, inching up 1% to 10 billion euros from 9.9 billion a year ago.
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Skype shelves call charges as operators will collect the money instead
July 22, 2010
VoIP operator Skype has shelved plans to charge users for 3G calling, claiming that operator plans to bill by the byte make such charges redundant.
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Skype for iPhone Now Runs in Background, Replaces Phone App
July 22, 2010
One of the “tent-poles” of Apple’s iOS4 is multitasking, and one of the biggest features of iOS multitasking is letting VoIP applications continue to run in the background, alerting you when a call comes in, for instance. Until today, though, this has been largely moot as the big daddy of VoIP — Skype — had not been updated to use this new feature.
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Nokia seeking new CEO
July 20, 2010
Mobile phone giant Nokia is looking for a new chief executive to replace Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.
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Can OpenStack Change The Cloud Computing Game?
July 19, 2010
Rackspace and NASA have paired to deliver an open-source cloud computing platform, dubbed OpenStack, and cloud providers and partners are pumped for the possibility of more open cloud computing and possible standardization.
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Google quietly kills its once-hyped Nexus One phone
July 19, 2010
With the eyes of the technology world squarely on Apple's iPhone 4, Google quietly announced it will stop selling the Nexus One, its first and possibly only foray into the smartphone world. — And what a shame, too, since it is a really cool phone without all the baggage carriers add to their phones.
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VMware Knows the Cloud Doesn’t Need Server Virtualization
July 17, 2010
Server virtualization created cloud computing. Without the ability to run multiple logical server instances on a single physical server, the cloud computing economics we know today wouldn’t be possible. At that point, though, the value of server virtualization will go down substantially.
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VocalTec and YMAX/magicJack Announce Merger
July 16, 2010
VocalTec, the inventor of VoIP including the softphone, and YMAX, the creator of magicJack and other products and services, have successfully merged and will be traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol CALL.
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Apple announces free case for iPhone 4 users
July 16, 2010
Apple plans to give iPhone 4 users a free case in hopes of satisfying concerns about the design of its antenna and signal problems.
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SIP trunking: A primer
July 12, 2010
SIP is being used more widely these days than before, but almost exclusively as a means of reducing communications costs for businesses with multiple physical locations and existing high-speed data connections between sites by removing PSTN equipment at each site and consolidating the voice infrastructure.
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Microsoft launches Azure private cloud in a box
July 12, 2010
Microsoft is making good on its promise to allow enterprise customers buy Windows Azure preconfigured in datacenter containers from selected partners. Microsoft took the wraps off the name for this offering — Windows Azure Platform Appliance — and said Dell, Fujitsu and Hewlett Packard were all to sell this offering.
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Reverse engineer extracts Skype crypto secret recipe
July 9, 2010
A group of code breakers led by Sean O'Neil reckon they have successfully reverse engineered Skype's implementation of the RC4 cipher, one of several encryption technologies used by the consumer-oriented VoIP service.
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Cloud computing 'to overtake desktop by 2020'
July 6, 2010
Cloud computing is likely to take on a renewed importance in the coming years, with research predicting that it will overtake desktop computing by 2020.
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How the Cloud Changed World's Oldest Newspaper
July 6, 2010
Toby Wright, CTO of the Telegraph Media Group, publisher of the Daily Telegraph, the oldest continuously publishing newspaper in the world, summed up the company's full exploitation of cloud computing with "let someone else run operations."
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