Cisco, Microsoft Declare Truce Over VoIP

Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Microsoft (MSFT) had been increasingly butting heads lately over “enterprise communication” infrastructure, with each company hawking their own version of VoIP products, from directory servers to clients to handsets. This was making the folks who actually spend money — large corporations — mad.

Their bickering, which even managed to rope in the likes of Nortel (NT) and Avaya, was getting out of hand. We had predicted a no-holds barred battle, but instead it turned out to be little more than a small skirmish that’s ending with a whimper. Today John Chambers and Steve Ballmer, chief executives of Cisco Systems and Microsoft respectively, got on stage and declared a truce. (Watch webcast at Microsoft’s site and Cisco‘s Web site.) Read More about Cisco, Microsoft Declare Truce Over VoIP

Monday Morning Vid-Biz Headlines

China’s Tudou Garners $19 million, venture capital investment lead by Capitol Today and General Catalyst Partners for the the site with 40 million viewers and a new ad platform. (release, earlier report here)

Kulabyte and On2 New Releases; the two digital video encoding platforms touting multi-core server support for increased speed and flexibility. (release, release)

NBC Digital to Add Features, including a site-wide social network, more “360” features for hits The Office and Heroes and streaming episodes of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. (email release)

Networks and YouTube Keeping Eye on Veoh, according to a profile in the grey lady, with concerns about piracy and lost ad impressions among critics of the site and VeohTV. (NY Times, NY Times Bits)

Andy Samberg Gets Glossy Treatment, with a magazine feature detailing his rise from internerd to the big screen. (New York Magazine)

Good Live-Streaming P2P Roundup; though Om thinks live is lame here are some places to do it. (TechCrunch)

Battery life in XP: 4 hours. Same battery in Vista: 3.5 hours.

Fujitsu_umpc_2The topic du jour appears to be Vista’s impact on battery live and just so folks don’t feel the issue is constrained to us in the blogosphere, I had to point out this quote from PC World. The magazine took a look at the new Fujitsu UMPC, the FMV-U8240, and provides their first impressions. Buried towards the bottom of the article is this quote:

"Using the standard battery the machine will run 4 hours on Windows XP and 3.5 hours on Windows Vista."

There’s no indication if that statement comes from hands on testing or from Fujitsu at this point. I believe that it would have to come from a Fujitsu source as opposed to a PC World test, simply because the device was just announced. While PC World potentially could have had an advance review unit, the rest of the article has no real benchmarks or test results, so I’m thinking the statement was provided by Fujitsu; would love for someone in the know to comment and clarify. Meanwhile, if you’re running Vista on a notebook or UMPC, be sure to check out the freeware app Vista Battery Saver.

iPods help doctors hear hearts

A study published Sunday at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology showed that a doctor’s ability to detect a heart problem was doubled after listening to heart sounds on an iPod.

Nearly 150 medical students listened to the five most frequent heart murmurs on an iPod 400 times in a single, 90-minute session for the study. That session improved the rate of detection by stethoscope from 40 to 80 percent among generalists.

The study was done by Temple University cardiologist Michael Barrett, who said the ability to detect heart anomalies is essential to finding a range of cardiac problems and can reduce the number of unnecessary tests like echocardiograms and stress tests.

Does anyone still think the iPod’s audio quality isn’t good enough?


BlogJet 2.0 released

This will only be of interest to bloggers but today a new version of BlogJet was released (finally).  Version 2.0 has a total interface overhaul and looks pretty good so I upgraded ($20) and am using it to post this item.  I have been using BlogJet for some time and it looks like they put a lot of work and addressed some of the problems with the previous version.


For Huawei, US Telecom Market Not That Easy

Huawei, might be becoming a fixture in telecom bids around the planet, but its low-cost products are finding few takers among the US telecoms, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company which is on a tight leash from its masters in China made all the classic mistakes a foreign company would make in the US. What they learnt was the US has its own buddy system.

Drinking with customers and playing golf might be a global practice, but US telecoms will put products through a rigorous testing procedure before signing on the dotted link. This is quite unlike China, where a nod-and-a-wink translated into billions in sales. Rest of the story looks back at the code-stealing allegations Cisco made against the company and other intellectual property issues. I loved this bit about the company!

> …2001 in Plano, Texas, Huawei executives sought to blend into their surroundings as quickly as possible. They share their building with law offices, realtors and a regional office of lingerie company Victoria’s Secret. A Texas state flag and an American receptionist greet visitors in Huawei’s ground-floor lobby. The company now has about 150 employees in the Plano office and in a few sales offices around the U.S.

All that said, Huawei’s domination of fast growing Chinese market and rapid adoption in other emerging economies gives it economies of scale that can help it price products lower than US giants. Remember at one time people laughed at tin-cans from Japan, and now Toyota is about to unseat GM as world’s biggest car company. One thing I have learnt about Chinese companies – they adapt and change really fast. Huwaei 2.0 won’t make the same mistakes again.