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Verizon offers free online games

Verizon Communications has launched PlayLinc, a free gaming area on its Web site. The move is part of a strategy to promote the telecom's new fiber-optic network, which offers speeds of up to 50 megabits per second in some areas. Verizon also unveiled games.verizon.com, a separate site meant to generate buzz for PlayLinc.   Light Reading (8/29),   SeattlePI.com/Bloomberg (8/29)

Business & Industry Watch

AOL relaunches music product

Unveiled on Tuesday, AOL Music Now is open to all Web users and offers audio and video streaming, programmed radio and downloads for digital media players. AOL's previous music service was available only to subscribers.   NYTimes.com/Reuters (8/29)

Verizon expands Microsoft alliance

Verizon Communications has broadened its deal with Microsoft to begin offering Windows Live services to its broadband customers.   MarketWatch (8/29)

Skype a key factor in eBay-Google alliance

Online pay-per-call advertising is an increasingly attractive option for many businesses that are willing to pay a premium to be connected to Web searchers seeking out products and services in their space. For eBay this means the potential to monetize its Internet voice service, Skype, by using it as a medium for click-to-call advertising.   International Herald Tribune/The New York Times (8/29)

Teens may not want their MTV online

Viacom's MTV has been the king of teen content for a quarter century, but that may be changing. Although MTV's networks are still dominant forces in youth-centered TV, MTV's Web offerings are attracting far fewer users than either News Corp.'s MySpace.com or video-sharing phenomenon YouTube.com.   The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/29)

Other News

Report: IPTV could reach 34M subscribers worldwide by 2010
Multichannel News (8/28)

MoCA certifies Optical Network Terminals from Motorola, Tellabs
CED Magazine (8/2006)

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Technology Trends

Wi-Fi Alliance to certify "Draft N" products

The Wi-Fi Alliance said it would come up with a plan certify the interoperability of 802.11n products by next year, even though a final vote on the emerging 802.11n Wi-Fi standard won't happen until 2008. The group hopes to head off a potentially chaotic situation of having too many incompatible 802.11n products hitting the market before the technology is standardized. Some companies already have begun marketing 802.11n gear, leading to conflicting claims about performance.   The Washington Post/Associated Press (8/29),   The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/29)

The coming mobile Web

For most users, the mobile Internet means SMS messaging and mobile e-mail, with only 6% of U.S. users reporting being regular users of more advanced online mobile functions. The next generation of handsets combined with more robust networks and improved media download speeds should bring many more mobile subscribers to use online services with increasing frequency, experts say.   CNET (8/29)

Other News

Australia's developers sweeten housing deals with fiber-optic offers
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (8/28)

India's telecoms turn to IPTV for revenue growth
Red Herring (8/28)

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Regulatory & Legislative

Report: Maine trails U.S. in broadband subscriptions

Only 15% of Maine residents subscribe to a broadband service, compared with a U.S average of 21%, according to a report by the Maine Center for Economic Policy. The report calls for new efforts to bring broadband to more parts of Maine.   The Boston Globe (free registration) (8/29)

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