3/5/2006

AT&T agrees to buy BellSouth for $67 billion

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

AT&T Inc. said on Sunday it would buy BellSouth Corp. for $67 billion to expand its reach into the southeastern United States and acquire the rest of Cingular Wireless it does not already own.

Together, AT&T and BellSouth would have a national long-distance telephone and data network, residential customers in 22 states and business customers comprising more than half of the Fortune 1000, analysts have said.

BellSouth shareholders will receive 1.325 shares of AT&T common stock for each common share of BellSouth. Based on AT&T’s closing stock price on March 3, that equals $37.09 per BellSouth common share, a 17.9-percent premium.

Source: Reuters

Senator wants to ban ‘fast lane’ for Web

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Network operators would be barred from blocking or degrading Internet connections and favoring those of companies that pay for peppier access, according to a Senate bill introduced Thursday.

Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said his measure will foster “equal treatment” for all Internet content and dispel worries that telecommunications providers will play favorites in the future.

Because Wyden’s proposal represents the most aggressive legislative attempt to dictate what kind of Internet services are permissible or not, it’s likely to provoke a political spat between proponents of so-called “network neutrality” and the traditionally influential telecommunications industry. Executives at Verizon Communications, BellSouth and the newly merged AT&T and SBC Communications have recently talked about the desirability of a two-tiered Internet in which some services–especially video–would be favored over others.

Source: News.com

Microsoft Updates WGA, Tightens Validation Check

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

In the beginning of March. Microsoft made new changes to the controversy Windows Genuine Advantage program.

Up until now visitors to Microsoft鈥檚 Windows Update web site needed to download the WGA active x plugin that would verify if they are running a genuine copy of Windows. People who didn鈥檛 want Microsoft to 鈥渃heck鈥? their computer could simply disable this active x control and still be able to download the updates.

Now Microsoft blocked this 鈥渉ack鈥? and users are no longer able to disable the WGA plugin, thus those who did not run the WGA component and have a valid code can no longer download updates from Windows update web site.

Users in message boards also claim that Microsoft embedded the WGA check into other applications, such as Internet Explorer 7 (which no longer needs an active x control to check for a valid installation) and Windows Defender, which even if you are able to download the application on a validated machine, you will net be able to copy the application to an non validated machine.

Blogs emerge as resource in job hunts

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

YOU check the want ads. You network. But are you blogging?

Job seekers in the know are reading employee blogs to find out about openings that aren’t generally well-known.

In between comments on their aging dogs or the sleeping habits of their newborns, bloggers do a lot of chitchatting about work-related issues that can be a gold mine of information for job hunters.

times bloggers mention job openings at their companies or others. Or they report they’re changing jobs, which, to a careful reader, might indicate a position is opening up.

Also, companies are eager to recruit the people reading the blogs because they’re likely to be the sort of folks they’d want to have on board.

Blogs find passive job seekers, said Jason Goldberg, CEO of Jobster, an online, Seattle-based job board with a built-in referral feature.

“At most every Fortune 200 company today, there are anywhere from a small handful to many employees blogging about key work initiatives,” Goldberg said. Microsoft alone has more than 3,000 employee blogs.

While some companies prohibit their employees from blogging, others embrace it, he said. They want users communicating with engineers to pick up the street talk on software problems or supply difficulties.

Source: chron.com

Multilingual online TV broadcasting to start

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Internet information provider Japan Information Network Inc (http://jin.jcic.or.jp/) will start the country’s first multilingual online television broadcasting Friday in order to help foreigners learn more about Japan, company officials said Tuesday.

JIN will open a television studio in Roppongi and start offering information about Japanese politics, economy, society and culture under the new Japan Broadcasting System service, in Japanese, English and Chinese for several hours a day. JIN aims to expand its operations in the near future by branching out to 24-hour broadcasting with 12 languages that also include Korean, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German and Indonesian.

Source: crisscross

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