Cisco Systems is to appeal against the European Union's regulatory clearance of Microsoft's takeover of Skype, it has announced, citing concerns that the new entity will dominate video calling to the detriment of the wider market.
Do you ever get ground down by your job's never-ending to-do list? So do Facebook engineers. The company has a novel plan for re-energizing them: It's started springing developers for month-long stints with new teams working on different projects.
When I was a gawky teenager, my parents took me to Europe, broadened my horizon, and changed my life. After I graduated high school, I was ready to travel to Europe on my own, but my parents were nervous. To earn their blessing, I had to make two promises: I wouldn't go to Turkey (because they were worried I'd be sold into the white slave trade) and I'd write home every other day. My dad figured that if the postcards stopped coming, at least he'd know where to begin looking.
Nokia isn't foolish enough to think that its line of Internet Tablets is going to attract everyone. The company has readily admitted that it's for a certain audience--gadget lovers and early adopters--and we certainly agree with that statement.
Despite Vonage's ignominious IPO and fresh questions about its viability as a stand-alone provider of basic phone services, some smart executives are betting the market - and possibly Wall Street - will embrace another independent provider of phone calls via the Internet.
It seemed like a routine marketing ploy when Finnish mobile-phone giant Nokia trumpeted a global survey in early June showing that two-thirds of handset users think music-playing phones will replace standalone MP3 devices like Apple's iPod. After all, Nokia is hoping for a high-margin revenue stream from new computer-like telephony devices.