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News Archive - October 2011

Windows 8 Built-in Phone Features Hinted
October 31, 2011
Microsoft is trying to unite the tablet, phone and computer in one, using its latest OS: Windows 8.
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Cisco plans free TelePresence videoconferencing client
October 26, 2011
Cisco Systems is taking several steps to extend its TelePresence videoconferencing technology beyond enterprise meeting rooms, introducing two endpoints and a free client application for ad hoc participants to download.
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Videoconferencing is good, but face-to-face is the best
October 21, 2011
It’s better than a phone call, but not as good as a meeting. That’s what professionals and businesspeople are saying about videoconferencing.
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Skype lets hackers track your BitTorrent downloads
October 21, 2011
Scientists have devised a stealthy and low-cost way to track the internet protocol addresses of tens of thousands of Skype users, and link the information to their online activities such as the sharing of specific files over BitTorrent.
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Prices are dropping, but IaaS isn’t a commodity yet
October 19, 2011
There’s a long-running debate in the cloud computing world about whether standard Infrastructure-as-a-Service resources have become true commodities, but it doesn't look like they’re there yet.
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IP-PBX from Xorcom Awarded “Best of Show” at ITEXPO
October 17, 2011
Xorcom announced that its XE Series IP-PBX for VoIP and traditional business communication solutions received a “Best of Show Award” in the Open Source category at TMC’s recent ITEXPO West 2011 in Austin, Texas.
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Microsoft closes $8.5 billion Skype acquisition
October 14, 2011
Microsoft has completed its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype Global, giving the software company a major foothold in the growing market for Internet telephony services.
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FCC Rules Require New VoIP Services, Text Messaging and Video Chat to be Accessible to Disabled Individuals
October 13, 2011
The FCC put new rules in place for VoIP service providers to require certain accessibility features.
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Polycom Adds Tablet Videoconferencing
October 12, 2011
Videoconferencing system provider Polycom is joining a host of competitors and adding tablet computers to the array of desktop and room systems that can be used for participating in a video conference call.
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FCC Applies Accessibility Requirements to Advanced Services
October 10, 2011
FCC said Friday there will be a two-year phase-in of requirements that advanced communications services (ACS) — texting and VoIP, interconnected and non-interconnected, and interoperable video conferencing - asked be made accessible to the disabled (closed captioning or video description, for example).
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Avaya Acquires Sipera
October 8, 2011
Avaya announced it has acquired Sipera, a worldwide provider of Unified Communications (UC) solutions, including Session Border Control (SBC) functionality and a range of UC security applications. Sipera will become a fully integrated part of Avaya.
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Rackspace Spins Off OpenStack Cloud Computing Project to New Foundation
October 7, 2011
Rackspace has cut the umbilical cord with OpenStack, setting up a foundation to lead the open-source cloud computing project it launched with NASA just a year ago.
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Google Introduces Cloud Database
October 7, 2011
Google has launched a new service to make its cloud computing platform more appealing to businesses. The company on Thursday introduced a limited preview of Google Cloud SQL, a scalable, hosted MySQL database environment.
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Microsoft's Skype deal to win EU approval, report says
October 6, 2011
Joaquín Almunia, the European Union's competition commissioner, is ready to approve Microsoft's acquisition of Skype, the Financial Times is reporting.
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Adobe Takes HTML5 To The Cloud
October 4, 2011
In an effort to remain relevant as desktop computing gives ground to cloud computing, Adobe on Monday announced two acquisitions, a Creative Cloud to augment its Creative Suite software, and a handful of touch-based tablet apps.
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Red Hat to Buy Gluster for $136 Million Expanding in Cloud Computing
October 4, 2011
Red Hat agreed to acquire closely held Gluster for about $136 million in cash to expand in Internet-based computing. Gluster gives Red Hat an opportunity to expand a $4 billion market for storage of so-called unstructured data such as e- mails and social media postings.
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Massive DDoS attacks a growing threat to VoIP services
October 4, 2011
When the massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in March brought down the VoIP call processing supplied by TelePacific Communications to thousands of its customers, it marked a turning point for the local-exchange services provider in its thinking about security.
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