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February 7, 2013
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  • Alcatel CEO resigns as company's progress stalls
    Alcatel-Lucent said today that chief executive Ben Verwaayen would step down after a four-year run at the Paris-based telecom-gear company, with insiders saying he failed to turn around the struggling vendor. He will remain in the post until Alcatel finds a successor. Verwaayen told CNBC that "You look to what you need to go and do in the coming three years -- it is execution, execution, execution. And maybe that is not the natural strength that I have." Alcatel also said that fourth-quarter revenue fell 1.3% from a year ago with strong results from the IP division, where revenue grew 26%. Revenue dropped 8.6% overall at the networks unit. CNBC/Reuters (2/7), ZDNet (2/7), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/7), The Wall Street Journal (2/7)
  Business & Industry Watch 
  • Verizon exec: Virtual data centers are more popular than the cloud
    Large enterprises have yet to "wholeheartedly" embrace cloud computing, says Andrews Dobbins, Verizon's Asia-Pacific group vice president. "They have been more interested in virtualizing a data center and having cloud as a capacity management approach," he said, adding that telematics are getting more interest, especially in health care. ARN (Australia) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sprint outruns estimates on higher smartphone sales
    Sprint Nextel today reported a mixed bag in the fourth quarter: Revenues and losses were better than analysts' predictions on strong smartphone sales, but the carrier continued to be drained by defections from its Nextel service and costs from its 4G Network Vision upgrade. Excluding Nextel's 644,000 defections, Sprint added 401,000 contract customers and sold 2.2 million iPhones. The iPhones hurt earnings in the short run due to subsidies but will eventually contribute to earnings. Analysts said investors are largely focusing on Sprint's sale of a 70% stake to Japanese carrier Softbank. Bloomberg (2/7), MarketWatch (2/7), The Wall Street Journal (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sources: Google may acquire $50 million stake in Vevo
    YouTube is said to be in early talks to invest $50 million in the Vevo music service as part of a larger agreement to continue showing the videos. The stake would be worth less than 10% of Vevo, putting the music service's valuation at a minimum of $500 million, sources said. Bloomberg (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Ruling goes against Cisco in counterattack on "patent trolls"
    A legal challenge by Cisco Systems to a campaign by a patent-licensing firm suffered a setback when a federal judge in Chicago ruled that aggressive patent claims are protected by the First Amendment. Innovatio IP Ventures was legally entitled to send out 8,000 letters to Cisco, Motorola Solutions and Netgear customers, claiming that they may be violating Innovatio's patents, U.S. District Judge James Holderman decided. The Wall Street Journal (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IP Download 
  • AT&T discloses vision for TDM-to-IP transition pilot
    AT&T is developing a road map for transitioning customers from TDM services to IP-based platforms. Under the plan, AT&T would identify individual services the company hopes to expire and would link them to new alternatives. The telecom hopes to work with stakeholders, regulators and industry partners on a trial that will involve a small portion of its 6,000 wire centers. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gigabit Ethernet gear needs protection circuits
    An "ideal diode" could offer adequate protection for Gigabit Ethernet switching equipment in environments that may experience lightning strikes and power surges, Len Stencel of Bourns writes in this technical article. Transient current suppressor devices could fit that bill, he suggests. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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