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The April 8, 2008 Issue Provided by System Dynamics Inc.
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Heard on the Net

News about People and Companies Influencing The Broadband Home


People News

Jonathan Barzilay has joined Qualcomm’s MediaFLO USA mobile TV subsidiary as SVP of programming and advertising and Matt Milne is becoming their SVP of sales and marketing. Barzilay was previously at CBS Interactive and Milne was at ViewSonic. ( www.mediaflo.com )

Duncan Campbell has been named Vice President, Business Development, at ICTV. He most recently was general manager and head of United States operations for Two Way TV. ( www.ictv.com )

Steven L. Elfman has been hired by Sprint Nextel, effective May 4, to the new position of President - Network Operations and Wholesale. Elfman was previously President and COO at Motricity. ( www.sprintnextel.com )

Jason Gaedtke has joined Joost as CTO. Previously, Gaedtke was at CableLabs which he joined from Comcast Interactive group. Gaedtke reports to Matt Zelesko, Joost's SVP of engineering who was also from Comcast Interactive Media. Additionally, Gabo Mendoza, also previously at Comcast Interactive Group, has jointed Joost as user experience lead. ( www.joost.com )

Kashif Haq has been named strategic execution officer, a newly created position, at Bright House Networks. The new position expands his previous role as Bright House SVP of broadband technology and services. ( www.brighthouse.com )

David Rubinstein has been appointed VP of media sales at ExpoTV. He was previously with Yahoo! ( www.expotv.com )

Josh Silverman has been named CEO of Skype. He was previously CEO of Shopping.com, another eBay company. ( www.skype.com )


Company News

Acquisitions

DESCA, a Latin American provider of network solutions and system integration services, is purchasing 100 percent of Transistemas, an Argentine network solution provider and system integrator. The acquisition will extend DESCA's direct presence in Latin America from Mexico to Argentina. ( www.desca.com ) ( www.transistemas.com.ar )

Entropic Communications has acquired the assets of Vativ Technologies, a privately-held fabless semiconductor company, for $5.9 million. Entropic has hired 17 employees from Vativ, including 15 engineers. ( www.entropic.com ) ( www.vativ.com )

EXFO, a major provider of portable test and measurement solutions for telecommunications, has agreed to acquire Brix Networks for US $28.5 million in cash plus additional earn-outs based on bookings. EXFO recently also acquired VOIP test specialist Navtel Communications for C$11.0 million in cash. ( www.exfo.com ) ( www.brixnet.com )

Icera, a UK-based chip start-up founded in 2002, is buying Sirific Wireless, a Texas-based CMOS RF transceiver startup. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ( www.icerasemi.com ) ( www.sirific.com )

Liberty Media has acquired an additional 78.3 million shares of DirecTV stock, raising Liberty’s stake to 48% of DirecTV's outstanding shares. ( www.libertymedia.com ) ( www.directv.com )

Funding

Akimbo has raised $4 million in new funding and added Thomas Frank as new president and CEO. Frank was previously COO of RealNetworks. ( www.akimbo.com )

Aperto Networks has secured $20 million of new equity funding. ( www.apertonet.com )

iControl Networks announced the close of $15.5 million in Series B funding, which will extend its solutions into the security and broadband marketplace. ( www.icontrol.com )

SiBEAM, a fabless semiconductor developer of high-speed wireless communications platforms, announced the closing of $40 million in Series C funding. ( www.sibeam.com )

TidalTV Inc. has raised a $15 million Series A financing. ( www.tidaltv.com )

Tzero Technologies, a provider of ultra wideband (UWB) technology, has raised $18 million in its third round of funding. ( www.tzti.com )

Ubiquisys, a provider of femtocells, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding, including a contribution from the T-Mobile Venture fund. ( www.ubiquisys.com )

Wisair, a maker of ultra-wideband chips, has secured $24 million in Series D financing. ( www.wisair.com )

Zensys has secured an investment of undisclosed amount from Panasonic's venture group. ( www.zen-sys.com )


Other News

Hulu, an online video service, announced the public launch of its Web site which allows U.S. consumers to watch a large selection of free TV shows, movies, and more in high-quality. Hulu also announced new content partnerships with Warner Bros. Television Group, Lionsgate, NBA, NHL and more. ( www.hulu.com )

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in collaboration with Apple announced the launch of the "iFund" with $100 million in venture capital to invest in companies developing applications and services for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch. ( www.kpcb.com ) ( www.apple.com )

NextWave Wireless, a provider of mobile multimedia and wireless broadband technologies, announced a strategic agreement with Alcatel-Lucent to develop WiMAX broadcast solutions for mobile operators. Alcatel-Lucent will integrate NextWave's MXtv technology into their WiMAX solutions portfolio. ( www.nextwave.com ) ( www.alcatel-lucent.com )

Qualcomm has announced that the radio spectrum it won in a recent government auction will be used to double the capacity of its MediaFLO USA mobile television service on both coasts. On the West coast, they will be able to double offerings from Orange County, Calif., to Northern California; on the East coast, they can do so from New Hampshire to Maryland. MediaFLO will have 12 megahertz of bandwidth in those areas, compared with 6 megahertz in the rest of the country. ( www.qualcomm.com )( www.mediaflo.com )

Scientific Atlanta is no more. Cisco has phased out the name, which is now officially Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group. ( www.scientificatlanta.com ) ( www.cisco.com )

Ireland's Smart Telecom will be soft-launching its anticipated IPTV service, according to siliconrepublic.com. It is planning its DSL-based multichannel IPTV service in the 37 unbundled exchanges in which it currently offers broadband and plans to purchase an MPEG 4 IPTV headend and middleware solution from Thomson. ( www.smarttelecom.ie ) ( www.siliconrepublic.com )

India's giant Tata Communications is rolling out a large WiMAX network with Telsima Corporation. Initially it will provide broadband access and content services to enterprise and residential customers in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Cochin, Chandigarh, and Kolkata. ( www.tatacommunications.com ) ( www.telsima.com )