First Coffee for November 18, 2005

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First Coffee for November 18, 2005

By David Sims

The news as of the first coffee this morning, and the music is Willie Nelson’s Stardust:

Hey, sometimes all you can do is quote:

After nine delays since November last year, the Telkom-2 satellite of the biggest state telecommunications company, PT Telkom Indonesia, was finally launched from Kourou, French Guyana, on Wednesday afternoon, or at 6:46 a.m. on Thursday in Jakarta, a local media reported here Friday.

The 1,975 kg satellite was launched along with the Spaceway satellite of Direct TV boosted by the Ariane 5 ECA rocket to 188 degrees East Longitude at an altitude of 36,000 kms.

The $170 million satellite will conduct its mission for 15 years replacing Palapa B4 Satellite, the service of which had expired in May 2003, the Jakarta Post said.

Couldn’t have said it any better myself, so I didn’t.

Happy birthday, George Gallup. At the University of Iowa in the early 1920s Gallup edited the campus newspaper, the Daily Iowan. He conducted what some say is the first poll in human history, a survey to find the prettiest girl on the campus. Ophelia Smith was the winner, and Gallup married her.

First CoffeeSM’s condolences to the family of Motorola Inc. marketing executive Geoffrey Frost, a key force in revitalizing the company’s image, who died suddenly Thursday at his home in suburban Lake Bluff.

Frost, an executive vice president and Motorola’s chief marketing officer, died of natural causes, said Jennifer Weyrauch, a company spokeswoman. He was 56.

“He was definitely the man who turned around Motorola’s brand image,” said Matt Hoffman, a stock analyst at Moors & Cabot in New York. “It’s a huge loss.”

Frost was an urbane and witty man, conversant in several languages, including Russian and Japanese. In 1999, he left a top marketing post at Nike Inc. to head marketing for Motorola’s wireless phone division. In 2003, he was named Motorola’s chief brand officer and earlier this week was promoted to executive vice president.

Nineteen months after announcing the expansion of its suburban Richmond, Virginia factory, semiconductor maker Infineon Technologies AG said yesterday that it will spin off its struggling memory-chip unit.

The memory division of the Germany-based firm will be carved out as an independent company by July 1. The mechanics of the spinoff have not been determined.

This unit makes DRAM, a memory chip that is a basic component in computers. Infineon’s other division produces processing chips and circuitry for vehicles, mobile communications and smart cards.

Local operations at Infineon’s only U.S. plant will continue as normal, company spokesman Christoph Liedtke said, but it is too early to speculate on the employment future for the 2,250 workers.

Intel has established a $50 million venture fund for the Middle East and Turkey, to help stimulate local innovation and growth in IT sector.

With this fund, Intel will focus on opportunities to invest in hardware, services including broadband infrastructure and mobile wireless solutions as well as local content developers and providers, digital health products, IT service providers and software, all areas of high demand, said Arvind Sodhani, President of Intel Capital, Intel’s venture investment program.

French car maker Peugeot is adding a navigation system as standard kit on their 407 model in an attempt to compete in Europe with rivals such as the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Vectra.

To boost sales in France the car will come with flame-retardant upholstery and a smoke detector.

Cicero Networks, a developer of wireless Voice over IP, has announced the launch of the smartphone version of CiceroPhone, converged VoIP/Cellular softphone. The Dublin-based firm has also announced a new Call Continuity server, an enhancement to the Cicero Controller enabling seamless roaming between both Wi-Fi/GSM and Wi-Fi/CDMA networks.

According to European Communications, CiceroPhone users can make and receive all calls – VoIP, Fixed and Cellular – though a single user interface on their mobile phone. Together with the new seamless roaming features delivered by Cicero Controller, operators can now deliver an always-on mobile service, whereby calls are optimally routed based on network availability (Wi-Fi/Cellular), cost and Quality of Service.

CiceroPhone smartphone client is available immediately for Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone and PDA devices. The Cicero Controller Call Continuity module is scheduled for release mid-December 2005.

Thank you, EarthLink: A Florida man known as the “timeshare spammer” was sentenced to a year in prison on Thursday for clogging in-boxes with millions of unsolicited e-mail messages, in one of the first criminal prosecutions under federal anti-spam laws.

Peter Moshou pleaded guilty in June to violating the U.S. Can-Spam Act after EarthLink sued him in January. In its suit, EarthLink alleged that Moshou sent millions of junk e-mail messages in 2004 and 2005 offering brokerage services for people interested in selling their timeshares.

The suit charged Moshou with numerous Can-Spam violations, including falsifying the “from” field in e-mail addresses, using deceptive subject lines, failing to identify the sender, and failing to provide an electronic unsubscribe option.

In addition to prison time, the court ordered Moshou to pay $120,000 in restitution.

In a separate case, the Internet service provider won a $15.4 million judgment against Florida resident Craig Brockwell and his company, BC Alliance, on Can-Spam charges. According to that suit, Brockwell sent hundreds of thousands of unsolicited e-mails advertising discounted inkjet printer cartridges.

The cases were among a handful of claims EarthLink filed earlier this year against alleged spammers in California, Florida, Nevada and Washington state. The company has won a number of other spam-related suits, including one against the so-called Alabama spammers in January.

Happy birthday, Mickey Mouse. Today in 1928 Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie,” premiered in New York at the Colony Theater, with characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pegleg Pete.

Oh, and if anybody offers you a cup of grape Flavor-Aid today, you might think twice.

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