Archive for June, 2009

AT&T CruiseCast officially launched

After being pushed back a day following GM’s bankruptcy filing, AT&T (NYSE:T) today confirmed the nationwide launch of its CruiseCast in-vehicle satellite television service that it developed with RaySat Broadcasting Corporation.

The service, which includes technology from partners such as Synchronoss, NDS, Harmonic, ST Electronics and Hyundai Digital Technology, mirrors traditional satellite TV with the same programming guide and commercials. At launch, it will include 42 entertainment channels – 20 satellite radio and 22 satellite TV channels, such as CNN, USA, Disney, ESPN, Lifetime and Fox. more

INQ Twitter phone could seed social battleground

A Twitter phone will make its way to the market in time for the holidays, according to a Reuters report today. The phone is being manufactured by INQ Mobile, which was also responsible for the recent Facebook and Skype phones. The planned handset will let consumers use the micro-blogging service over their Internet connection and, according to JBB Research CEO Julien Blin, could also make social networking the next battleground for mobile subscribers. more

CenturyTel to become CenturyLink

CenturyTel (NYSE: CTL) will change its name to CenturyLink once it closes its acquisition of Embarq (NYSE: EQ).

The company unveiled its new logo today as well as the new name.

In a statement, CenturyTel CEO Glen Post said the new name reflected “a company that is forward-looking and committed to linking the country together.”

The company recently won all the state regulatory approval it needed to acquire Embarq and now awaits an okay from federal regulators.

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CA buys into the cloud with Cassatt acquisition

CA (NASDAQ: CA) is bolstering its position in the emerging cloud computing space this week by acquiring some assets from cloud computing player Cassatt. more

Network DVR — Who Wins?

The U.S. solicitor general’s decision last Friday to recommend the U.S. Supreme Court not review the decision allowing Cablevision to host a network-based DVR service is an immediate victory for Cablevision, which is poised to offer the service as soon as this summer, and for other cable companies. But who else wins? Potentially other U.S. consumers. But certainly not telecom service providers pursuing their own video services. more

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