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OpenDaylight optimism persists, along with questions

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Since the network vendor-led OpenDaylight Project came to light last week, the tech press, bloggers and even some industry people have expressed doubts about the consortium’s prospects. But at the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, Calif., this week, some attendees sounded optimistic about what could come out of OpenDaylight,...
OpenDaylight optimism persists, along with questions
Broadband cord cutters? If this is a thing, ISPs, regulators and Silicon Valley have utterly failed
Analyst Estimates On iPhone 5 Launch Weekend Sales Range From 3M-10M
LG Optimus G official: quad-core flagship hits Korea next month, global launch to follow

Japanese translation service Gengo gets $12M from Intel Capital

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Gengo, a Tokyo-based startup specializing in people-powered translation, has just taken its second round of institutional funding. The deal, which totals $12 million, was led by Intel Capital with participation from previous investor Atomico as well as new investors Iris Capital, Infocomm (Singapore), NTT-IP (Japan), and STCV (Saudi Arabia)....
Japanese translation service Gengo gets $12M from Intel Capital
Apple needs China Mobile. China Mobile needs Apple.

Ben Horowitz Explains Why Tiny Startup Nicira Was Worth $1.26 Billion To VMware (VMW)

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Today, news broke that VMware bought startup Nicira for $1.26 billion. We got venture capitalist Ben Horowitz on the phone to explain why this young company -- that only came out of stealth mode in February -- was worth that much money. Horowitz was on the board of Nicira, and...
Ben Horowitz Explains Why Tiny Startup Nicira Was Worth $1.26 Billion To VMware (VMW)

Midokura nabs $17.3m to scale up its cloud network virtualization service

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Cloud services startup Midokura has completed a $17.3 million Series A funding round to build out MidoNet, its network virtualization product. The company is also promoting co-founder and CTO Dan Mihai Dumitriu to CEO to leverage his technical background in marketing the service. He takes over for Tasuya Kato, who...
Midokura nabs $17.3m to scale up its cloud network virtualization service

Worried about network strain, Korean ISP KT pushes for a share of smart TV makers’ profits

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Korean Internet service provider KT has revealed that it is looking for a share of profits generated by smart TV sellers, after it switched off Internet access for smart television sets in the country. As a report from Reuters explains, the ISP is concerned that the demands of Web-connected TVs...
Worried about network strain, Korean ISP KT pushes for a share of smart TV makers’ profits

Samsung Galaxy S III Alpha with upgraded hardware hits Japan

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A new version of the Samsung Galaxy S III has been announced in Japan. Appearing on Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, the Galaxy S III Alpha is an improved version of the original, sporting hardware remarkably similar to that of the Galaxy Note II. A new color is also carried over...
Samsung Galaxy S III Alpha with upgraded hardware hits Japan

The ARM-Powered Cloud Comes To OpenStack

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Apple uses the ARM architecture for its chip sets on its iPhones and tablets. Now we are seeing the first uses for ARM-powered architectures on servers to power cloud environments. Contributors to OpenStack have developed the first ARM powered OpenStack cloud as a zone in TryStack.org, the free sandbox for...
The ARM-Powered Cloud Comes To OpenStack

It’s the end of the line for telco

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The telecom industry has reached its peak. This is it. Look around you. Whatever you are doing in telecom, however you are making money in the field, it isn’t going to get better than this. This industry has acquired its maximum share of the economy. We are the digital railroad business...
It’s the end of the line for telco

NTT's Visual SyncAR brings augmented reality to video, spices up the second screen (video)

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The second screen has largely asked that you take your eyes away from the action, even if that is to play along in real-time. Visual SyncAR, however, brings that tablet or mobile right back into the thick of things. Developed by Japan's NTT, the platform uses digital watermarksg that...
NTT's Visual SyncAR brings augmented reality to video, spices up the second screen (video)
Augmented reality comes to the living room with Visual SyncAR
Panasonic officially announces Eluga, a waterproof, dustproof smartphone for Europe

SilkRoad raises a $35 million Series C, looking to boost its global expansion

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Funding news becomes interesting for any of several reasons, the most common of which is that a young company is raising enough cash to aggressively attack its market. But on the other end of that spectrum is news of an older firm raising a huge round, usually following other fat investments. That’s...
SilkRoad raises a $35 million Series C, looking to boost its global expansion
NTT videoconferencing system transplants faces onto mobile telepresence screens

Disney Mobile on DoCoMo brand launches with two new Android phones in Japan

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It appears Disney's mobile efforts in Japan are going pretty well, and with the help of carrier NTT DoCoMo they're expanding under the joint "Disney Mobile on DoCoMo" brand name. The partnership is kicking off with two new Android-powered handsets launching over the next couple of months that pack...
Disney Mobile on DoCoMo brand launches with two new Android phones in Japan

Observing the software-defined network in the wild

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Software defined networks may not be as commonplace as their virtualized computing and storage brethren, but they’re out there in there in the field. On Tuesday at GigaOM’s Structure Europe conference. Big Switch CEO Guido Appenzeller, Schuberg Philis Managing Director Pim Berger and Nicira CEO Steve Mullaney discussed how SDNs...
Observing the software-defined network in the wild

NTT forces you to pay attention during a video conference (video)

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Video conferencing solved the "you talkin' to me?" problem ages ago, when business execs first started using sophisticated telepresence suites to share moisturizing tips. The thing is, catching a person's eye somehow has greater instinctive impact when you actually see them turn around to face you. That's exactly the...
NTT forces you to pay attention during a video conference (video)

Sony Xperia Acro HD launches March 15 in Japan

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For those confused by Sony's mixed naming conventions, this is the Japan-friendly version of AT&T's incoming Xperia Ion. There's been some additions to the US-bound device we handled back in January, including a built-in TV tuner and mobile wallet functionality. Last time we heard, the LTE-capable Ion was set...
Sony Xperia Acro HD launches March 15 in Japan

MEDIAS ES N-05D: NEC’s New Android Phone Is 6.7mm Thin, Connects To Casio’s G-SHOCK GB-6900

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NEC did it again: about 11 months after unveiling the world’s slimmest smartphone at that time, the company is ready to release another super-thin Android phone with a set of impressive specs (via Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo). Dubbed MEDIAS ES N-05D [JP], the handset will hit Japanese stores...
MEDIAS ES N-05D: NEC’s New Android Phone Is 6.7mm Thin, Connects To Casio’s G-SHOCK GB-6900

Surprised? Cloud providers bring in $2B in first quarter

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Given all the hoopla surrounding cloud computing it, it’s not surprising that revenue from cloud services is growing. Total worldwide revenue from top Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service players hit $2 billion for the first quarter of 2013. That’s up a healthy 56 percent from the year ago period, according to Synergy Research...
Surprised? Cloud providers bring in $2B in first quarter

Sony (Finally) Moves Past Kooky Tablet Designs, Introduces The Svelte New Xperia Tablet Z

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This latest Xperia tablet has been the stuff of rumors for a few days now — a release from Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo first hinted that the so-called Tablet Z was in fact a real thing earlier this week — but the time for rumors has passed. Now Sony...
Sony (Finally) Moves Past Kooky Tablet Designs, Introduces The Svelte New Xperia Tablet Z

Twilio Signs First Big International Cloud Telephony Licensing Deal With Japan's #2 Telecom KDDI

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Breaking into Japan can be tough for foreign companies since its culture favors credibility and certainty. So Twilio has just struck an alliance with Japan’s well-respected KDDI telecom who will now sell its cloud communication APIs to developers. The news follows Twilio’s huge deal with AT&T this month, and could...
Twilio Signs First Big International Cloud Telephony Licensing Deal With Japan's #2 Telecom KDDI

Anatomy of a security fix: Postgres launches massive update to address vulnerability

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It’s the kind of call any software vendor — or open source project — dreads: A large customer (in this case NTT) flagged a vulnerability in PostgreSQL, the popular open-source database also known as Postgres. That happened March 12. The  next step for the Postgres community (and it is a...
Anatomy of a security fix: Postgres launches massive update to address vulnerability
Wireless memory card maker Eye-Fi raises $20M

Panasonic's new Eluga smartphone: pretty phone, ugly name

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We knew it was coming to that broad area we like to call Europe sometime soon, and now Panasonic's sharing the details on its Android-based return. Details about the 3.6 ounce (103 gram) device include that it's packing a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) screen that's wrapped in a...
Panasonic's new Eluga smartphone: pretty phone, ugly name

Report: Global LTE subscriptions to hit 50m in 2012, driven by demand in Asia

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Increased operator rollouts and the growth of compatible devices in Asia are tipped to take the number of global LTE subscribers to 50 million by the end of 2012, according to a report from Parks Associates. The US may be the only place where owners of Apple’s new LTE-compatible iPad...
Report: Global LTE subscriptions to hit 50m in 2012, driven by demand in Asia

MEDIAS ES N-05D: NEC’s New Android Phone Is 6.7mm Thin, Connects To Casio’s G-SHOCK GB-6900

techcrunch.com
NEC did it again: about 11 months after unveiling the world’s slimmest smartphone at that time, the company is ready to release another super-thin Android phone with a set of impressive specs (via Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo). Dubbed MEDIAS ES N-05D [JP], the handset will hit Japanese stores...
MEDIAS ES N-05D: NEC’s New Android Phone Is 6.7mm Thin, Connects To Casio’s G-SHOCK GB-6900
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