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November 15, 2012
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  • Cybersecurity measure fails in Senate; Obama mulls executive order
    For the second time, a bill to bolster the nation's cybersecurity has failed to pass in the Senate, with senators voting 51-47 against Sen. Joe Lieberman's Cybersecurity Act. Republicans opposed the measure, which would have created voluntary standards for companies involved in critical industries, saying it represented a slippery slope to additional government regulation. Observers say the bill's death makes it that much more likely that President Barack Obama will act unilaterally to strengthen cybersecurity through an executive order. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (11/14), Bloomberg (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: U.S. broadband growth tempers
    U.S. broadband growth has slowed this year, with providers adding 2.1 million subscribers through September, compared with 2.3 million for the same period last year, Leichtman Research Group reports. GigaOm (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colao OK with Verizon, but nothing written in stone
    Vodafone is content with its wireless partnership with Verizon Communications, but the U.K.-based carrier keeps the relationship under a microscope, chief executive Vittorio Colao told an investor conference Wednesday. "I see myself as the guardian of money from shareholders," he said. Colao said Vodafone was focusing on persuading consumers to upgrade their services in order to increase the carrier's average revenue per subscriber. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/15), Reuters (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SIP training and certification
    In cooperation with The SIP School, USTelecom is offering online training courses in the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). SIP is the underlying protocol of VoIP and voice over LTE and is the fundamental building block of the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture. Using lively and animated eLearning materials, the courses allow you to learn at your own pace. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Google TV adds advanced voice control
    Google TV's latest update introduces advanced voice control technology that lets users change channels, start apps and perform other actions using voice commands. GigaOm (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Broadcom spec chosen for Chinese NGB project
    Broadcom will have the opportunity to grab a piece of an estimated $32 billion in investments in China's burgeoning next-generation broadband market thanks to a recent decision by the nation's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television to classify the specification known as C-Docsis as one of three acceptable access technologies for NGB build-outs. The decision to use the new Docsis spec will help the country's MSOs better compete with large incumbent telecom companies such as China Telecom in the provision of triple-play services. Light Reading Cable (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal agencies lauded for IPv6 achievements
    Four current and former U.S. government agency leaders are being heralded for their IPv6 work by the IPv6 Forum. The agencies are the Department of Energy, the Office of Management and Budget, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the Defense Research and Engineering Network. Network World (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • RIM targets VoIP market with Voice Call for BBM
    People who use BlackBerry Messenger 7 to send and receive messages will now be able to make voice calls as well thanks to a new beta VoIP service being launched by Research In Motion. The Voice Call feature -- currently available for devices running BlackBerry OS 6 or higher -- enables BBM users to conduct VoIP calls with anyone connected to a Wi-Fi network who also has installed the software. The Register (U.K.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."
--Marie Curie,
Polish-French physicist and chemist

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