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The April 14, 2009 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

Brandon Brown has been hired as the new CEO of Zodiac Interactive. Co–founder Michael Rivkin will become the company's CTO. ( www.zodiacinteractive.com )

Jeff Huppertz has been appointed President and CEO of R.L. Drake. Huppertz was previously COO. ( www.rldrake.com )

William T. Morrow has been named CEO, Clearwire. Co-Founder and previous CEO Benjamin G. Wolff will continue with the Company as Co-Chairman, a position he will share with current Chairman Craig O. McCaw. ( www.clearwire.com )

Dan Whalen has been promoted to Senior VP of Sales at ARRIS. ( www.arrisi.com )


Company News

Acquisitions

Cisco Systems has purchased Pure Digital Technologies, the Flip video camera maker, for $590 million in stock. Pure Digital CEO Jonathan Kaplan will become the general manager of Cisco's consumer group.( www.cisco.com ) ( www.PureDigitalInc.com )

Funding

AnySource Media LLC has secured $3.2 million in funding for its Internet Video Navigator. ( www.anysourcemedia.com )

WiSpry, an RF chip start-up, raised an additional $10 million in a Series C financing round, bringing the total invested to $28 million.( www.wispry.com )


Other News

BelAir Networks has announced a dual mode WiMAX/Wi-Fi wireless node optimized for deployment on existing cable infrastructure. ( www.belairnetworks.com )

Blockbuster has done a deal with TiVo, as Amazon and Netflix did previously. A selection of Blockbuster's movies will be available on broadband-connected TiVos by the second half of 2009. Blockbuster will also be selling TiVo boxes in its stores for commissions. ( www.blockbuster.com ) ( www.tivo.com )

Broadcom announced that its home networking reference design platform for set-top box and broadband access products has received MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) Certification from the MoCA Certification Board. ( www.broadcom.com ) ( www.mocalliance.org )

Clearwire announced CLEAR Spot, a battery-powered personal hotspot for connecting Wi-Fi devices to the Internet via Clearwire mobile WiMAX. The Clear Spot router, manufactured by CradlePoint, connects up to eight Wi-Fi devices by inserting the CLEAR USB mobile WiMAX Modem into the router. ( www.clear.com ) ( www.cradlepoint.com )

Separately, Clearwire announced plans for a "WiMAX Innovation Network" in Silicon Valley, CA. Early participants will include Google, Intel and Cisco. Service is expected to be available to developers by late summer of this year.

EchoStar announced their IP-Prime Conversion Program for previous customers of IP-Prime, which is discontinuing its service. It provides satellite delivery of video transport services for telco IPTV headend facilities across the United States. ( www.echostarviptv.com )

General Electric and Intel announced an alliance to market and develop home-based health technologies. It plans to spend $250 million jointly over the next five years on R&D for remote monitoring, diagnosis and consultations with patients at home or in assisted living residences. GE also agreed to sell the Intel Health Guide through its sales force.( www.ge.com ) ( www.intel.com ) ( www.intel.com/go/healthguide )


Countries

Australia takes Broadband Into Its Own Hands

The Australian Government announced plans to build a US$30.7 billion national broadband network itself in partnership with the private sector, rather than contracting out the deal. One of the government's major campaign issues had been the provision of a fast, affordable broadband network. The Australian Prime Minister said none of the commercial tenders "offered value for the money". Court battles are likely from the incumbents. ( www.australia.gov.au )


Standards

The WiMedia Alliance is handing over all current and future specification development of its version of ultra wideband (UWB) to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, the Wireless USB Promoter Group and the USB Implementers Forum. Once the handoff is completed, it will shut down.( www.wimedia.org )

The Open IPTV Forum has expanded past 50 members with the addition of ADB, SK Telecom, Digisoft, MediaTek, FOKUS, the BBC, Canal Plus and RAI. ( www.oipf.tv )

The Femto Forum, 3GPP and the Broadband Forum have announced that they've published the world's first femtocell standard. It covers four main areas: network architecture; radio & interference aspects; femtocell management; and provisioning and security. ( www.femtoforum.org ) ( www.3gpp.org ) ( www.broadband-forum.org )