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Nokia acquires social networking software firm

Nokia to acquire cellity


Espoo, Finland – Hamburg, Germany - Nokia and cellity today announced an agreement for Nokia to acquire certain assets of cellity. cellity is a privately owned mobile software company which employs 14 people in Hamburg, Germany. more

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Jagdeep Singh to Step Down as CEO of Infinera in January 2010

Jagdeep Singh to Step Down as CEO of Infinera in January 2010 and Remain as Executive Chairman; COO Tom Fallon Named Successor


SUNNYVALE, CA, July 21, 2009 – Infinera Corp. (NASDAQ: INFN) today announced that chairman and chief executive officer Jagdeep Singh plans to step down as CEO on January 1, 2010 and become executive chairman of the company and that chief operating officer Tom Fallon will succeed Singh as President and CEO at that time. more

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Tata Communications Launches Global 10 Gigabit Ethernet Service

Tata Communications Launches Global 10 Gigabit Ethernet Service


Wholesale 10 Gigabit Ethernet Now Available in 25 Cities and 11 Countries


India, Mumbai, July 21, 2009 – Tata Communications, a leading provider of a new world of communications, today announced the launch of a new 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GigE) service to help service providers meet growing market demands for high-speed, secure and cost-effective bandwidth. more

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Andrew Launches Next-Gen Solutions For Enabling Location-Capable Digital Networks

Andrew Launches Next-Gen Solutions

For Enabling Location-Capable Digital Networks


–New Capabilities for Locating Callers in an Era of Evolving Networks–


HICKORY, NC, July 21, 2009—Andrew Solutions, the CommScope, Inc., division that is a global leader in wireless communications systems and products, has introduced its next generation of solutions for enabling location-capable networks, including new technologies and options that help communications carriers stay ahead of customer demand for location applications. more

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Qwest Unveils 40 Mbps Downstream, 20 Mbps Upstream High-Speed Internet Service

Qwest Unveils 40 Mbps Downstream, 20 Mbps Upstream High-Speed Internet Service

5 Mbps Upstream for $5 Available to Qualifying Customers with 7 Mbps, 12 Mbps, 20 Mbps Service


DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Qwest Communications (NYSE:Q) has introduced the next evolution of its high-speed Internet services, delivering downstream connection speeds of 40 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps*. more

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COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA and AT&T ANNOUNCE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT IN MIDWEST CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA and AT&T ANNOUNCE

TENTATIVE AGREEMENT IN MIDWEST CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS


WASHINGTON, D.C., and DALLAS, July 15, 2009 – The Communications Workers of America and AT&T Inc. today announced that a tentative agreement has been reached in the Core Wireline contract negotiations covering approximately 18,500 employees in CWA District 4 (AT&T’s Midwest region).


The agreement, which will be submitted to the district’s membership for a ratification vote in coming days, was reached after nearly five months of negotiations. The contract expired on April 4 and employees have worked under the terms of the expired contract while negotiations continued.


CWA President Larry Cohen said the negotiations reflected the current tough economic times and that the current health care structure in the United States is unsustainable. “This tentative agreement maintains our members’ standard of living and safeguards quality health care benefits, which is critical to the well-being of all families. It’s important now to move forward in the remaining negotiations and resolve our outstanding issues. I’m pleased that AT&T will continue to work with us and others on comprehensive health care reform so that companies like AT&T that provide quality health care are no longer penalized in this country.”


AT&T Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson applauded the patience and professionalism of negotiating teams representing both sides. “We’re pleased to have reached a fair and balanced tentative agreement that keeps our core wireline wages and benefits among the best in the nation, while helping to control costs and preserving our ability to compete,” Stephenson said. “These were tough negotiations in difficult economic times and amidst major changes in our wireline business. I am grateful to the representatives of the CWA and AT&T who have worked so hard to achieve this goal.”


The three-year proposed agreement includes pay and pension band increases in each year of the agreement, as well as provisions addressing cost of living adjustments. Health care benefits remain among the best in the nation; the health care plan provides for fully funded preventive care and company-funded health reimbursement accounts that can be used toward any eligible health care expense. The agreement includes new transfer opportunities and other employment security gains that strengthen AT&T’s quality workforce. The agreement also creates broader earnings and job opportunities for some sales titles and premises technicians, who install AT&T services at customers’ homes.


CWA District 4 Vice President Seth Rosen said, “During these very tough times in the Midwest, middle-class workers can use some good news. I am pleased to have reached an agreement that achieves our key goals.”


Details of the tentative agreement are reported on the CWA District 4 bargaining Web site (http://district4.cwa-union.org/bargaining) and the AT&T bargaining Web site (www.att.com/corebargaining).


Negotiations are continuing in other regions where contracts expired on April 4, as they did in Midwest (CWA District 4). They include East (CWA District 1), West (CWA District 9), Southwest (District 6) and Legacy T (CWA ComTech unit). Negotiations are also continuing for Core Wireline contracts with the IBEW for employees mostly in Illinois in northwestern Indiana; those contracts expired June 27. The Core Wireline contract in the Southeast region (CWA District 3) expires on Aug. 8 and negotiations begin in that region July 20.


A total of about 120,000 employees are covered under the various contracts.


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Candice Johnson

CWA Communications Director

202-434-1347 (direct)

202-415-6566 (cell)

cjohnson@cwa-union.org

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NUANCE ACQUIRES JOTT, EXPANDS MOBILE PORTFOLIO

NUANCE ACQUIRES JOTT, EXPANDS MOBILE PORTFOLIO


Innovative Jott Service to Deliver Powerful New Voice-to-Text Capabilities to Mobile Operators and Enterprise Customers


BURLINGTON, MA and SEATTLE, WA, July 14, 2009 – Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced it has expanded its Mobile Division voice services portfolio with the acquisition of Jott. Jott is the innovator behind the popular Jott Assistant, the simple and easy-to-use service that enables users to create notes, set reminders and appointments, send email and text messages, and post to their favorite web services – all by voice, from any device.


“Jott’s voice-to-text offerings have experienced a groundswell of adoption and positive industry recognition since the company’s inception, and we’re thrilled about the opportunity to expand our market reach and our voice services portfolio,” said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “Together we will deliver a range of new services to our mobile operator and enterprise customers.”


The combined Nuance and Jott teams will focus on several key voice-to-text initiatives:


• The innovative Jott Assistant service has been adopted by hundreds of thousands of users, providing vast insight into the demands of today’s mobile users. To further extend the power of Jott across the mobile mass market, Nuance plans to package and offer Jott Assistant to mobile operators as part of its voice services portfolio, including Nuance Voicemail-to-Text.


• By combining its easy-to-use voice services with email, text messaging and a variety of web services, Jott’s service has advanced mobile productivity in the enterprise market. Nuance, together with its Enterprise Unified Communications partners, will offer a secure, highly scalable and differentiated Enterprise package including Nuance Voicemail-to-Text, Messaging, and Collaboration.


• As used in Jott for Salesforce, Jott provides open APIs that allow for voice integration with third party CRM providers and other critical enterprise applications that require mobile access. Nuance will continue to mainstream and expand the CRM partner program through its existing CRM partnerships, enabling enterprise application providers to better meet the needs of the evolving professional mobile market.


“We’ve seen dramatically increased demand for our mobile voice solutions, because they offer real business value, are easy to deploy, and are a delight to use,” said John Pollard, co-founder, Jott. “Nuance has consistently delivered groundbreaking mobile applications to billions of people worldwide. Our combined expertise will bring innovative and differentiated voice services to a variety of markets with tremendous scale.”


All of Jott services, including Jott Assistant, Jott Voicemail and Jott for Salesforce, will remain available, and existing customers will experience no interruptions in service. For more information and to access Jott services, visit www.jott.com.


About Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications and professional services. For more information, please visit: Nuance.com.


About Jott

Headquartered in Seattle, WA, Jott Networks is the world leader in mobile voice-to-text applications. Jott allows individuals and businesses to easily capture thoughts, send emails and text messages, set reminders, organize lists, and post to web services and business applications – all with their voice, using any phone. Jott also converts voicemail into email and text messages, making voicemail a more productive tool. Since being founded in 2006 by John Pollard & Shree Madhavapeddi, Jott has made world-class voice transcription accessible to anyone with a cell phone. For more information on the Jott service, visit www.Jott.com.


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Nuance and the Nuance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States of America and/or other countries. All other company names or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.


The statements in this press release, relating to future plans or future events or services, are forward-looking statements which are subject to specific risks and uncertainties. These could involve particular market trends, competition factors and other risks described in documents submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The actual results, events and services may vary significantly from the forecasts. The reader is warned not to rely on these forward-looking statements without reservation, since these are simply reflections of the current situation.


Contacts:


Nuance

Richard Mack

Nuance Communications

Tel: (781) 565-5000

Email: richard.mack@Nuance.com


Rebecca Paquette

Nuance Communications

Tel: (781) 565-5000

Email: rebecca.paquette@Nuance.com

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FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc. Continues to Proceed with Sale to Zayo Group, LLC

Contact

Norma I. Salcido

FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc.

212.405.6210

investor.relations@ftgx.com

RCN Corporation Withdraws Proposal


FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc. Continues to Proceed with Sale to Zayo Group, LLC


NEW YORK - July 9, 2009 – FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTGX) (“FiberNet”) today announced

that RCN Corporation withdrew its proposal to acquire FiberNet for $12.50 per share of FiberNet common

stock. Consequently, pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of May 28, 2009 (the “Merger

Agreement”), among FiberNet, Zayo Group, LLC (”Zayo Group”) and Zayo Merger Sub, a wholly-owned

subsidiary of Zayo Group, RCN Corporation is no longer an “Excluded Party” under the terms of the Merger

Agreement. FiberNet continues to proceed with its sale to Zayo Group for $11.45 per share in cash under

the Merger Agreement.

Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, the holder of each share of FiberNet common stock issued

and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the merger will be entitled to receive $11.45 per

share in cash (subject to adjustment under certain conditions). The closing of this transaction is subject to

the approval of FiberNet’s stockholders at a special meeting, FCC and state regulatory approvals, and

customary conditions. The transaction is not subject to any financing condition. The transaction is expected

to be completed during the third quarter of 2009.

About FiberNet

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, FiberNet owns and operates integrated colocation facilities and diverse

transport routes in the gateway markets of New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami,

designed to provide comprehensive broadband interconnectivity enabling the exchange of traffic over

multiple networks. FiberNet’s customized connectivity infrastructure provides an advanced, high bandwidth,

fiber-optic solution to support the demand for network capacity and to facilitate the interconnection of multiple

carriers’ and customers’ networks. For additional information about FiberNet, visit FiberNet’s website at

www.ftgx.com.

About Zayo Group

Based in Louisville, Colo., Zayo Group (www.zayo.com) is a regional provider of telecom services – including

bandwidth, voice and managed services – to carrier, enterprise, SME and government customers. Zayo

Group currently provides its service over a fiber network that spans 129 markets in 23 states. Zayo Group

consists of three complementary business units: Zayo Bandwidth, Zayo Managed Services and Onvoy Voice

Services.

Important Notice

FiberNet plans to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and mail to its stockholders a Proxy

Statement in connection with the transaction. The Proxy Statement will contain important information about

FIBERNET TELECOM GROUP, INC., ZAYO GROUP, LLC, the transaction and related matters. Investors

and security holders are urged to read the Proxy Statement carefully when it is available.

Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement (when available) and

other documents filed with the SEC by FiberNet and Zayo Group, LLC through the web site maintained by

the SEC at www.sec.gov.

In addition, investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement after it is

filed with the SEC from FiberNet by contacting Investor Relations by telephone at (212) 405-6200, by mail at

fibernet telecom group, inc., 220 w. 42nd st., 13th flr., new york, ny 10036 | tel: 212.405.6200 | fax: 212.421.8860 |

www.ftgx.com

FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc., 220 W. 42nd Street, 13th Floor, New York, New York 10036, Attention: Investor

Relations, by emailing investor.relations@ftgx.com, or on the Investors & Press section of FiberNet’s website

at www.ftgx.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release about our expectation of future events or results constitute

forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation

Reform Act of 1995. You can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as, “may,” “should,”

“expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” or the negative of

these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements are not historical facts, but instead

represent only our beliefs regarding future events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain

and outside of our control. It is possible that our actual results and financial condition may differ, possibly

materially, from our anticipated results and financial condition indicated in these forward-looking statements.

In addition, certain factors could affect the outcome of the matters described in this press release.

These factors include, but are not limited to, (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances

that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement, (2) the outcome of any legal proceedings that

may be instituted against us or others following the announcement of the merger agreement, (3) the inability

to complete the merger due to the failure to satisfy other conditions, (4) risks that the proposed transaction

disrupts current plans and operations, and (5) the costs, fees and expenses related to the transaction.

Additional information regarding risk factors and uncertainties affecting FiberNet is detailed from time to time

in FiberNet’s filings with the SEC, including, but not limited to, FiberNet’s most recent Annual Report on Form

10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, available for viewing on FiberNet’s website at www.ftgx.com. You

are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements herein and are

cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their

entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date

of this press release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to

reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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Itron and Ambient Partner to Increase Smart Grid Functionality for Both Companies

Itron and Ambient Partner to Increase Smart Grid Functionality for Both Companies


LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. — June 30, 2009 — Itron Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) announced today it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ambient Corporation for integration of Itron smart grid and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions, and components, with Ambient Smart Grid® communications platform. The partnership enables a comprehensive and complete suite of smart grid functionality that Itron and Ambient will jointly market to utility customers.


Under terms of the agreement the companies will closely integrate Itron’s leading advanced metering application for the smart grid, OpenWay®, with Ambient Smart Grid communications technology to seamlessly connect legacy equipment as well as advanced smart energy applications to the nation’s power grid.


Itron North America senior vice president and chief operating officer Philip Mezey said, “This is further proof that the OpenWay architecture is adaptable to multiple networks in support of smart grid deployments. Building the smart grid requires unprecedented collaboration. Our partnership with Ambient will help both our companies extend smart grid benefits to more energy users.”


The agreement covers multiple technologies from both companies, including Itron ERT® technology, used for automated meter reading (AMR); as well as Itron Fixed Network and OpenWay RFLAN communications. The partnership leverages Ambient’s X-3000 node and AmbientNMS?, key components of Ambient Smart Grid solutions, and network capabilities utilizing Verizon Wireless’ cellular networks.


John J. Joyce, president and chief executive officer of Ambient, said, “This partnership brings together Itron’s core consumer and commercial AMI technologies with Ambient’s high-capacity communications network for a complete ‘utility to the home’ smart grid solution.”


Itron is a leading, global solutions provider to energy and water utilities, with more than 14 million OpenWay meters under contract.


Ambient designs, develops, and markets Ambient Smart Grid equipment, technologies and services.


About Itron:

Itron Inc. is a leading technology provider to the global energy and water industries. Our company is the world’s leading provider of intelligent metering, data collection and utility software solutions, with nearly 8,000 utilities worldwide relying on our technology to optimize the delivery and use of energy and water. Our products include electricity, gas, water and heat meters, data collection and communication systems, including automated meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI); meter data management and related software applications; as well as project management, installation, and consulting services. To know more, start here: www.itron.com.


About Ambient Corporation

Ambient designs, develops and markets Ambient Smart Grid communications technologies and equipment. Using open standards-based technologies along with in-depth industry experience, Ambient provides utilities with solutions for creating smart grid communication platforms and technologies. Headquartered in Newton, MA, Ambient is a publicly traded company (OTCBB: ABTG). More information on Ambient is available at www.ambientcorp.com.

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MARRIOTT TO OFFER TELEPRESENCE GLOBALLY, GIVING CUSTOMERS THE WIDEST ARRAY OF MEETING OPTIONS

MARRIOTT TO OFFER TELEPRESENCE GLOBALLY, GIVING CUSTOMERS THE WIDEST ARRAY OF MEETING OPTIONS

Using AT&T Telepresence Solution, Marriott Will Increase Opportunities for Small Meetings Business and Create New Revenue Streams for Its Hotels


Bethesda, Md., — June 30, 2009 – Solidifying its position as the lodging industry technology leader, Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) is announcing it will offer telepresence technology in its hotels worldwide, using AT&T’s fully-managed AT&T Telepresence Solution. Cisco TelePresenceâ„¢ technology will enable Marriott to offer customers the widest array of meeting options, whether in-person, virtual or both.


Telepresence is a rapidly growing and increasingly popular technology that enables small groups of less than 20 people to meet and collaborate in multiple locations worldwide in real time. By combining high-definition video, crisp, real time audio – no delays – and interior design for telepresence suites, groups feel as if they are actually meeting together in the same room, even if they are thousands of miles apart. (See video demonstration.)


“As the 24/7 world economy becomes more interconnected, the need to hold small global meetings that cross continents and oceans will only grow,” said Arne Sorenson, president and COO, Marriott International. “We believe telepresence will create more business meetings because people can travel shorter distances and easily connect with colleagues and clients around the world. The addition of telepresence meeting suites in our hotels will give Marriott a leg up on its competition.”


Initially, Marriott plans to locate telepresence meeting suites in 25 global gateway cities, including New York, San Francisco, Washington, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Frankfort and London, in its Marriott Hotels & Resorts®, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts® and Renaissance Hotels & Resorts® brands. The first telepresence meeting suites are expected to go live at the end of October.


Marriott chose AT&T Telepresence Solution because it combines AT&T’s global communications networking capabilities with the Cisco TelePresence telepresence technology. The Marriott telepresence suites will also be able to connect to existing private Cisco TelePresence locations throughout the world through the use of the AT&T Telepresence Solution intercompany capabilities.


“Marriott is leading the lodging industry in using advanced technology to help extend the reach of meetings for participants in disparate locations,” said Ronald E. Spears, president and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions. “Working closely with Marriott, we are focused on delivering to Marriott hotels throughout the world the premier telepresence experience through the AT&T Telepresence Solution.”


Since early 2008, AT&T and Cisco have collaborated to enable the growth and use of Cisco TelePresence technology and services among businesses and organizations throughout the world. AT&T Telepresence Solution leverages the power of Cisco TelePresence to create a unique, “in-person” experience with the simplicity of making a phone call as well as provides a “meet me” feature with a highly-secure PIN code that simplifies intercompany calling. AT&T Telepresence Solution also offers multipoint functionality and reliable intercompany capabilities enabling multiple locations to connect with one another.


Click here for Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) company information.

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