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> How VoIP can help you operate more efficiently. Article

> Unicoi Systems beefs up its Fusion Voice Engine product. Release

> Talk to your Messenger contacts on Skype. Blog

> Voip-Pal.Com Inc.'s Lawful Intercept and Microsoft's "Legal Intercept" patent pending applications are remarkably similar. Release

Telecom News

> MegaPath on Wednesday debuted a new product to extend its Ethernet footprint in areas where Ethernet over Copper (EoC) is not available. Article

> AT&T on Wednesday unveiled a multi-faceted initiative, Project Velocity IP (or VIP) that aims to upgrade much of its wireline network to an IP-based infrastructure and migrate some of its harder-to-reach copper customers to 4G LTE wireless services. Article

Cable News

> AT&T said it plans to expand its U-verse TV, Internet and VoIP phone service to 33 million homes and increase the speeds of its Internet product to up to 75 Mbps. Article

> News Corp. executives said the company more than doubled the retransmission-consent fees it collects from cable operators and satellite TV providers during the quarter ending Sept. 30. Article

IPTV News

> Microsoft Mediaroom is holding its own and even gaining a little in the IPTV middleware space, according to statistics released by ABI Research. Article

> Recently formed Chinese IPTV provider Youku Tudou has signed a five-year agreement with Sony Pictures Television that will deliver more than 300 "new and classic Sony Pictures titles" to its premium platform. Article

Online Video News

> The death knell is again sounding for the pay TV business, as multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) across the board reported subscriber growth slowdowns in the third quarter of 2012 at the same time there was a housing resurgence which should have signaled a pick-up in subscriber growth. Article

> Starting in 2013, Hulu Plus subscribers will be able to tap into more than 2,600 shows from CBS' TV library, thanks to a non-exclusive, multi-year content deal between Hulu and CBS Corp. announced this week. Article

And finally… Apple to Samsung: You have a big stupid face. Article