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Vonage Posts Royalty Payments And A $66 Million Bond, Trying To Stay In Business

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: VoIP Too Complicated? Tell That To The Cable Companies
2. Today's Top Story
    - Trying To Stay In Business, Vonage Posts Royalty Payments And A $66 Million Bond
3. Breaking News
    - SanDisk Partners With Yahoo On Wi-Fi MP3 Player
    - Symantec Patches 'High-Risk' Bug
    - Dell Claims Rack Servers Better Than Blades
    - IT Workers Worry That Lack Of Business Skills Hold Them Back
    - More States Rebel Against Real ID Act
    - Microsoft: 'Windows Vista Ready' Definition Hasn't Changed
    - Microsoft Patches 5 Critical Flaws, One In Windows Vista
    - Entertainment Groups Claim Pretexting Ban Will Hinder Piracy Probes
    - Canada Prepares To Deregulate Telecom, And Bell Canada Already Is A Target
    - Viacom And Yahoo Strike Web Advertising Deal
    - Electronic Tax Filing On Record Pace As Deadline Looms
    - Splish, Splash, There's A Robot Cleaning My Pool
    - New York Provides Live Traffic Information With Google Maps
    - Charles Simonyi And His $25 Million Joyride In Outer Space
    - Lost Disc Puts 2.9 Million Georgia Residents At Risk For ID Theft
    - Microsoft To Let Xbox Gamers Play And IM At The Same Time
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
    - Mobile Marketing To Reach $3 Billion This Year
    - Ad-Based MVNO Surfaces In London
    - Teens Hungry For iPhone
    - Dell Kills The Axim PDA
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Rules For Smarter Business Processes
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription


1. Editor's Note: VoIP Too Complicated? Tell That To The Cable Companies

According to a new survey from Forrester Research, most VoIP services -- including free peer-to-peer client applications like Skype, Google Talk, and Yahoo -- are too complicated for the average user. Then why are the cable companies so successful with their VoIP offerings?

The Forrester survey claims that most free peer-to-peer offerings are confusing. If these services are going to take off with mainstream consumers, then the services need to be improved. The services also lack sufficient security and don't label their security levels accurately, the study warns.

OK, so the average consumer doesn't trust a free VoIP system. In short, these apps are still too techy. Then why do they love VoIP when it comes from the cable company? This answer is simple. Cable voice services (the cable guys rarely say VoIP -- it's too technical and intimidating) are easy to use and work just like a regular old phone system. In fact, most are easier to set up than Vonage, the company that built the model most of the cable providers have copied.

Another study released this week confirms cable's dominance in the VoIP market. According to researcher In-Stat, the number of U.S. homes with VoIP now stands at more than 10 million, up from roughly 9 million in the third quarter of 2006. Most of this growth has been from cable companies. And as cable VoIP has grown, client-based VoIP services like Google Talk and Yahoo have stalled. In fact, the only peer-to-peer VoIP service that has shown significant growth since last year is Skype.

And don't think VoIP is limited to just consumers. Business use of VoIP is also up. According to the In-Stat survey, 51% of VoIP subscribers claim they use IP telephony for a mix of personal and business calls, but only 4% say that they use it exclusively for business.

Will cable companies put standalone VoIP companies out of business? Leave a message on the InformationWeek Blog and let us know.

Stephen Wellman
swellman@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Trying To Stay In Business, Vonage Posts Royalty Payments And A $66 Million Bond
Vonage says it will keep operating as it appeals the court decision that said the company had violated patents held by Verizon.


3. Breaking News

SanDisk Partners With Yahoo On Wi-Fi MP3 Player
The partnership lets you listen to Launchcast Internet radio, browse Flickr photos, and send instant messages using Yahoo Messenger.

Symantec Patches 'High-Risk' Bug
No known exploits have hit the vulnerability, which affects every version of Symantec's Enterprise Security Manager but one.

Dell Claims Rack Servers Better Than Blades
Dell says its super-energy-efficient rack servers based on multicore processors provide 15% more output for less wattage than rack systems designed by IBM or HP.

IT Workers Worry That Lack Of Business Skills Hold Them Back
A monthly employment report also showed that the New York/New Jersey area has the most openings for tech professionals, outpacing Silicon Valley.

More States Rebel Against Real ID Act
Last week, Washington became the fourth state to pass legislation opposing the Real ID Act.

Microsoft: 'Windows Vista Ready' Definition Hasn't Changed
A writer for the Seattle Times, Microsoft's hometown paper, says the software company has changed the definition of "Windows Vista Ready."

Microsoft Patches 5 Critical Flaws, One In Windows Vista
Five of the patches were for bugs in Microsoft's Windows operating system and another was for a critical flaw in Microsoft Content Management Server.

Entertainment Groups Claim Pretexting Ban Will Hinder Piracy Probes
The RIAA and MPAA raise concerns over California's attempts to broaden the federal law.

Canada Prepares To Deregulate Telecom, And Bell Canada Already Is A Target
The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Bell Canada's largest shareholder, says it's "exploring its options."

Viacom And Yahoo Strike Web Advertising Deal
Yahoo will serve sponsored search and contextual ads across Viacom's 33 broadband Web sites, and the deal may later be expanded to cover some 140 Viacom sites worldwide.

Electronic Tax Filing On Record Pace As Deadline Looms
Younger taxpayers are well ahead of their older counterparts in terms of getting this year's returns to the IRS online, a Microsoft and Zogby survey reports.

Splish, Splash, There's A Robot Cleaning My Pool
The strange splashing you might hear around swimming pools this summer may well be caused by iRobot's latest product, the iRobot Verro Pool Cleaning Robot.

New York Provides Live Traffic Information With Google Maps
By integrating the state's traffic information tool with Google Maps, the public can zoom in, read maps, and view satellite photos for traffic information.

Charles Simonyi And His $25 Million Joyride In Outer Space
The billionaire software pioneer has embarked on a 10-day trip in space.

Lost Disc Puts 2.9 Million Georgia Residents At Risk For ID Theft
The disc, which had been in the possession of contractor ACS, held names, addresses, birth dates, and Medicaid numbers, in addition to Social Security numbers.

Microsoft To Let Xbox Gamers Play And IM At The Same Time
The new feature adds another communication option for people playing online games through Microsoft's Xbox Live service.

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4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
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Mobile Marketing To Reach $3 Billion This Year
According to ABI Research, the market for advertising on mobile devices will hit the $3 billion mark by the end of the year and will climb to $19 billion in just four years. But only if advertisers, carriers, and marketing companies follow every avenue offered by mobile technology.

Ad-Based MVNO Surfaces In London
A mobile virtual network operator, founded by a team of ex-Nokia employees, is targeting the 16- to 24-year-old segment. Blyk hopes to lure in young users with free wireless services in exchange for viewing ads. Or does it hope to lure in advertisers with its base of young users? You decide.

Teens Hungry For iPhone
Contradicting the results of an earlier survey, some 25% of teenagers who are aware of the iPhone said they'd be willing to pony up $500 for it. Maybe there's hope for the device after all.

Dell Kills The Axim PDA
Mobility Site is reporting that Dell has effectively killed the Axim line of PDAs. What's an Axim fan to do?


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Beth Abraham Family of Health Services seeking PC Support Tech in Bronx, NY

International Securities Exchange seeking Computer Operator in New York, NY

Toyota seeking Information Systems Specialists - Project Leader in Erlanger, KY

Agilent seeking IT Manager in Santa Clara, CA

Agilent seeking IT Technical Support Specialist in Spokane, WA

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