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Open Handset Alliance Member List

November 5, 2007

The Open Handset Alliance is a group of mobile and technology leaders who share a common vision for changing the mobile experience for consumers. The Alliance is made up of mobile operators, software companies, chip makers, handset manufacturers and commercialization companies.   For more information visit        Mobile Operators   China Mobile Communications Corporation   KDDI CORPORATION   NTT DoCoMo, Inc.   Sprint Nextel   T-Mobile   Telecom Italia   Telefónica     Semiconductor Companies   Audience   Broadcom Corporation   Intel Corporation   Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.   NVIDIA Corporation   Qualcomm Inc.   SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc.   Synaptics, Inc.   Texas Instruments Incorporated     Handset Manufacturers   HTC Corporation   LG Electronics, Inc.   Motorola, Inc.   Samsung Electronics     Software Companies   Ascender Corp.   eBay Inc. Esmertec   Google Inc.   LivingImage LTD.

Tom Wheeler on the Discovery Dilemma

November 5, 2007

Rich on Possible Google Verizon Partnership

October 31, 2007

Digium Offers SMBs A Free Edition of Switchvox

October 31, 2007

Rich on Possibility of Google Phone

October 30, 2007

Covad Sold to Private Equity

October 29, 2007

The private equity trend keeps rolling on... Covad Communications Group Inc., announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Platinum Equity for $1.02 per share in cash. The company’s board has reportedly unanimously approved this transaction.   The purchase price carries a 59% premium as compared to Friday’s closing price of $0.64.   The deal is expected to close by the end of the Q208.   Los Angeles, CA-based Platinum Equity is a global acquisition firm uniquely specialized in the operation of mission-critical solutions and services companies   The majority of Platinum Equity’s client lineup is the result of acquisitions made with such companies as General Electric, Vivendi Universal, Hays, CompuCom, Alcatel, Kemper Services, Motorola, Lucent Technologies, Fujitsu, AT&T, and IBM.   Platinum Equity was the firm behind the 2005 acquisition of USRobotics, the well known maker of broadband and analog modems and networking solutions.

Quintum to be Acquired by NET

October 26, 2007

Siemens OpenOffice UC Solution for SMBs

October 24, 2007

Siemens is introducing its latest unified communications solution, Siemens HiPath OpenOffice ME.   The solution is designed to help small to medium businesses (in this case Siemens defines SMB as the 20–150 employee space) increase productivity and efficiency by enabling them with a variety of communications, collaboration and mobility features.   Currently slated for availability in February of 2008, Siemens expects the solution to price at approximately $270 per seat, before channel discounts. Siemens is currently expanding their channel in the United States to address the market opportunity.   I had a great talk with Siemens U.S. vice president of product and service management (enterprise) Al Baker who shared the big news with me.   If you click over to my columnist page, you’ll find a full article with more information about this latest UC initiative from Siemens.

More Thoughts on Microsoft's OCS

October 22, 2007

Frank Stinson of Intellicom Analytics added his voice to the chorus of analysts deciphering what Microsoft’s entry into unified communications means to the marketplace.   Here’s what Frank had to say:   “Microsoft is attempting to paint the current mainstream IP-PBX as an architectural dead-end that will soon be viewed as obsolete and inflexible as the typewriter is in comparison to a modern word processing software package. But Microsoft needs to interoperate with these solutions today to provide the enterprise-class call control features that have not been as extensively developed yet in a software-based delivery model.   “Microsoft is pursuing a Trojan horse strategy by gaining entry to the customer today based on the interoperability of OCS with their existing voice infrastructure, a particularly compelling story in mixed-vendor PBX environments. Over time, as existing installed PBXs age and Microsoft adds more robust call control features on top of OCS on a customizable basis, they clearly intend to displace core telephony solutions as well. Existing IP-PBX vendors are in a bind as a result.

You Can Never Be Too Rich or Too EnThinnai...

October 22, 2007

Rich posted this blog over the weekend where he talks about a new venture called EnThinnai, which is essentially an “un-social networking” application whose (rather lofty) goal is to bring some order to the world of presence and managing your availability.   I urge you to check out the company, which does offer some cool, Web 2.0-like promise.   According to the company’s blog, posted by Aswath:   EnThinnai provides a simple way to store and share digital information with your friends and family, called buddies. You interact with EnThinnai via a simple unified UI to exchange with your buddies digital information like notes (think of whitelist based email), share files and contact information. At this point this description reads like any other social networking application. But EnThinnai has many differentiating features…
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