Speek receives $1.2M in seed funding; RIM adds VoIP to its stealth social network


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> Speek receives $1.2M in seed stage funding for VoIP service. Article

> OMG: RIM adds VoIP to its stealth social network. Article

> Rebtel launches VoIP SDK to allow developers to integrate voice capabilities into their apps. Article

> Crackdown on VoIP has affected expats. Article

> Megafon adds web access for VoIP service. Article

Telecom News

> Savvis, CenturyLink's cloud and data center unit, on Tuesday launched a collaborative effort with VMware to incorporate its VMware Cloud Applications Marketplace into its Enterprise Cloud Ecosystem Program. Article

> Time Warner Cable, the main competitor to Google Fiber in Kansas City, Mo., has been dismissive of the Internet giant's much talked about 1 Gbps service, arguing that no one needs that much speed today. Article

Cable News

> Verizon's FiOS Internet, Comcast and Charter Communications are the fastest national broadband providers when it comes to delivering Netflix video streams to subscribers, the online video provider said Tuesday. Article

> Dish Network stock jumped more than 2 percent Wednesday, after the FCC announced late Tuesday that Dish could use wireless broadband spectrum it acquired from TerreStar and DBSD North America to launch a wireless phone and high-speed Internet service. Article


> HBO has announced that Otto Berkes, the cofounder of the original Microsoft Xbox gaming platform, will step forward to take the reins as chief technology officer when current CTO Bob Zitter steps down in March 2013. Article

> Google has reportedly received "multiple bids" for its iconic Motorola Home Business unit. Article

Online Video News

> Netflix announced last week that it had signed a licensing contract with Walt Disney Corp., giving it the exclusive streaming video rights to Disney's catalog of movies, according to an article in VentureBeat. Article

> Over-the-top (OTT) video offerings, a stagnant economy and ongoing and new competition from outside sources such as IPTV players are combining to hammer the cable industry's subscriber base, the most recent Television Intelligence Report from IHS Screen Digest found. Article

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