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News Archive - February 2011

China Unicom to take on Apple, Google with OS
February 28, 2011
China Unicom, one of China's three largest wireless operators, plans to introduce its own mobile operating system to compete head-to-head with Apple's iPhone and Google's Android OS in China.
Cloud computing to boost EU economy by €763 billion
February 24, 2011
A new report claims that cloud computing could help boost the economy across Europe by €763 billion (£650 billion) in the next five years.
Cisco Kills Cloud Computing Email
February 24, 2011
After just over a year of trying to make a market for its own Linux-powered hosted email service, Cisco is calling it quits.
Verizon Wireless Wants to Be Your Landline
February 18, 2011
Verizon has launched a device that, much like a MagicJack or Ooma, will connect to your existing home phone and deliver voice calls for a fee, only this service will use the Verizon Wireless network instead of a home broadband connection. The company is currently offering unlimited calls inside the US for $20/month.
AT&T Chief Champions Cloud Computing, Mobile Broadband
February 15, 2011
AT&T chief Randall Stephenson said that the next wave of growth in the wireless industry will be led by a combination of mobile broadband and cloud computing. — And for once, AT&T said something we agree with.
MPEG LA patent move blemishes Google's Web video plan
February 11, 2011
MPEG LA, an organization that licenses video-related patents related to a variety of standards, has formally requested for patent owners to inform them of patents they believe Google's VP8 technology uses. This is likely a move to protect the interests of those with H.264-related patents.
Rackspace Rolling, Q4 Sales Beat Views
February 10, 2011
Rackspace Hosting continues its steady growth, reporting a 27% jump in sales and 43% rise in per-share profit last quarter.
Polycom VC systems to link to Cisco TelePresence
February 9, 2011
Two of the biggest makers of videoconferencing systems, Polycom and Cisco, have exchanged technologies so their systems can talk to each other for the first time. Polycom was the first to tout the benefits of the deal, saying that within months it will have implanted Cisco's TelePresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP), technology in its equipment.
Cisco Backs OpenStack Cloud Platform
February 3, 2011
Cisco Systems has thrown its weight behind OpenStack, the open-source cloud infrastructure platform developed jointly by NASA and managed service provider Rackspace Hosting.
Cisco sees 26-fold wireless data increase in 5 years
February 1, 2011
Wireless carriers will see mobile data traffic increase 26 times between 2010 and 2015 according to Cisco's latest Visual Networking Index Forecast. Will wireless operators be ready for it?