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News Archive - September 2010

Cisco to unveil affordable home telepresence gear
September 29, 2010
Consumer or Home TelePresence might be launched with Comcast and Verizon. It is not clear if AT&T is involved. The cost for a small unit could be as low as $200, but that price would be heavily subsidized. Another source said a $500 price point was also possible with fewer hooks.
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Facebook and Skype Readying Deep Integration Partnership
September 29, 2010
According to sources close to the situation, Facebook and Skype are poised to announce a significant and wide-ranging partnership that will include integration of SMS, voice chat and Facebook Connect.
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Man Gets 10 Years for VoIP Hacking
September 24, 2010
A Venezuelan man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing and then reselling more than 10 million minutes of Internet phone service.
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'Preliminary' finding invalidates VoIP patent
September 23, 2010
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is claiming an early knock-down in its ongoing fight to strip a small Florida company called C2 Communications of a VoIP patent EFF calls bogus and that C2 has invoked to pry payments out of major U.S. carriers such as AT&T, Verizon and Qwest.
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Here’s what Skype looks like when Grandstream designs it
September 20, 2010
Skype designed software for Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops, iPhone, Blackberry, and Android smartphones, Nokia tablets and Symbian phones. With the launch of SkypeKit, Skype is encouraging others to design their own versions of Skype, either as a full Skype client or as Skype features in another app. Grandstream built their own Skype client for the GXV3140 IP multimedia desk phone.
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Nokia: No. 1 and fighting for life
September 18, 2010
It's been a roller-coaster week for Finnish tech giant Nokia: Turmoil at the top and the introduction of its next generation of smartphones at its annual Nokia World Conference in London, where the message from executives was: "Nokia is back!"
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Verizon vs. Amazon in the Clouds
September 16, 2010
Verizon unveiled a new cloud computing offering, the latest in its series of “Computing as a Service” (CaaS) packages, aimed at small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs).
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Avaya dives into video collaboration market
September 16, 2010
Unified communications systems vendor Avaya has launched a suite of video collaboration products, including an Android based device that looks for all the world like a tablet, but which Avaya insists is not.
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Yahoo Takes on Apple, Fring with Messenger Mobile Video
September 16, 2010
Yahoo is working to bring videoconferencing to Android and Apple iPhones, much like Fring or Apple's FaceTime.
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Avaya Announces Android Video Communications Products, Services
September 15, 2010
Anticipating that video will play an increasingly prominent role in enterprise communications, Avaya has unveiled a family of real-time enterprise video communication products and services. One of those is a new Android tablet called Flare.
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How Apple could ship 48 million FaceTime devices this calendar year
September 12, 2010
This was a busy week for rumors about FaceTime — the Wi-Fi-based video conferencing protocol that Apple introduced on the iPhone 4 in June and added to the iPod touch two weeks ago.
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10 years of SIP dominance
September 8, 2010
SIP has gained widespread use and became popular in spite of itself. It was initially billed as a simple protocol, but has in fact proven to be an extremely complex protocol. Worse, the only thing people do with SIP is basic voice. The article sums of SIP as a vision that did not materialize.
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Skype launches channel program to target business market
September 8, 2010
Following the recent launch of Skype Connect and the recent upgrading of its beta offering of videoconferencing, Skype is ramping up its focus on the business market with the launch of a channel program, available only in the US at this stage.
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Skype extends videoconferencing to 10 users
September 3, 2010
Skype has released a new beta version of Skype for Windows that supports videoconferencing with up to 10 participants.
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