First OpenStack cloud now open for business

Managed-hosting provider turned cloud provider Internap now has an OpenStack-based cloud ready for public consumption, beating even OpenStack founder Rackspace to the punch. It’s a big day for OpenStack, the open-source cloud computing platform, but it’s likely only the first of many.

Internap CEO: Not shopping the company

Internap, which till recently was in the business of providing interconnections and co-location services, started offering data center services and that has made it a likely target as telecoms eye buying into the fast growing datacenter business and tap into the cloud-computing gold rush.

Internap Building First OpenStack-Based Public Cloud

Managed service provider Internap (s inap) has announced that it will be offering a public infrastructure-as-a-service cloud built atop the OpenStack platform. The service will be available in the third quarter of this year, and also features the option of running applications on VMware-based virtual infrastructure.

Vid-Biz: Apple, Discovery, Comcast-NBCU

Apple in Push to Halve Cost of TV Shows; the company is pressing US television networks to reduce prices for TV shows offered on iTunes in order to help spur demand. (Financial Times)

Discovery Readies 3D Network for Launch this Year; Discovery says it will launch one of the first 3-D television networks later this year or in early 2011. (Beet.TV)

Comcast, NBCU File with Justice Department; the companies made a formal filing for review of their proposed merger to the the Justice Department. (Multichannel News)

Blu-ray Players to Dominate by 2013; In-Stat says significant price drops drove unit shipments of Blu-ray players to triple in North America in 2009, and predicts 80 million network-enabled Blu-ray players will ship worldwide by 2013. (Financial Times)

YouTube Distributes Lionsgate/Massify Shorts; the online video site will release film shorts jointly produced by Lionsgate and film collaboration web site Massify. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Cineplex Selects Sonic to Power Digital Movie Distribution; the Canadian theater chain has licensed Sonic’s Roxio CinemaNow platform to power a new movie streaming and download service at scheduled to launch in 2010. (press release)

Internap Provides CDN for Sundance Film Festival; Sundance will use Internap’s CDN during the festival and afterwards for creation, delivery and management of interactive web content. (press release)

Vidyo Introduces Personal Telepresence System; the VidyoRoom HD-220, the first telepresence room system based on the Intel Core i7 processing platform, is available for $6,995 and delivers support for two 1080p video streams at 30 frames per second for dual monitor support. (emailed release)

Vid-Biz: DTV Delay, YouTube, Adobe

More DTV Delay Drama; Senate passes a second bill to push the national switch date back, could get to the House floor by Wednesday. (Broadcasting & Cable); Meanwhile, the White House issued a statement urging passage of this latest bill. (Multichannel News)

YouTube Makes Annotations Easier; new process lets you click to add notations on your video from the watch page. (YouTube Blog)

Adobe Says Flash 10 on More than 55 Percent of PCs (in “Mature Markets”); latest version of the dominant video format was released in October, Adobe anticipates adoption rate to increase to 80 percent by Q2 09. (Contentinople)

Internap Taps Eric Cooney as New President and CEO; Cooney was most recently president and CEO of Ericsson’s Tandberg Television. (BusinessWeek)

VisualPin Lets You Geocode Videos; the service lets you add a Google Map pointing out the destination alongside a video. (TechCrunch)

FastSoft Tweaks TCP to Speed the Internet

FastSoft, a Pasadena, Calif.-based startup with $4.3 million in funding from Miramar Venture Partners and Caltech, has developed a device that sits between a router and the Internet (or any other wide area network) and ensures the faster, smoother delivery of data — without using an expensive content delivery network.

Pizza Boxes Are Power Hogs

Over the past few years there has been an explosion of low-cost appliance servers – also known as pizza box servers. And although they are cheap, price-wise, they are turning out to be veritable power hogs.