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No tax on US Internet

The US House of Representatives has voted unanimously to extend a tax moratorium that was first adopted to promote US Internet access in the early days. The ban prevents local authorities from levying a number of potential Internet taxes, and is a victory for technology and telecommunications companies. While short of the permanent ban they […]

November 1, 2007

Sirius narrows loss

Sirius Satellite Radio reported a narrower third-quarter loss and recorded a 50 per cent increase in new subscribers ahead of its planned combination with larger rival XM Satellite Radio. Sirius reported a loss of $120.1 million (E83.2m) for the three months ended September 30, compared with a loss of $162.9 million in the year-ago period. […]

October 31, 2007

NDS Results

NDS has announced its results for the first quarter ended September 30, 2007. Revenue for first quarter was up 25 per cent to $204.9 million (E142m) and operating income for first quarter was up 31 per cent to $58.3 million Commenting, Dr. Abe Peled, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NDS said, “Our business has […]

October 31, 2007

SES Q3 results

SES has reported on its financial performance for the three months ended 30 September 2007. Revenue was E406.9 million. Operating profit was E175.9 million and Net profit was E138.8million Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES, commented: “Despite the introduction of additional satellite capacity via the move of ASTRA 2C to 28.2 degrees East, the […]

October 30, 2007

Senators want network blocking probe

Two US Senators have called for a congressional hearing to investigate allegations that phone and cable companies are stifling communications over the Internet and on mobile phones. Sens. Byron Dorgan, and Olympia Snowe, said the incidents involving several companies, including Comcast, Verizon Wireless and AT&T, have raised serious concerns over networks “power to discriminate against […]

October 30, 2007

blinkx reports strong growth

Video search engine blinkx has reported positive financial results for the period ended 30 September 2007. Gross profit for the first half of 2008 was $2.2 million (E1.5m), with a gross margin of 74 per cent and daily searches have grown by 280 per cent. Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO of blinkx, said: “We are […]

October 30, 2007

Comcast sales up, earnings flat

Comcast earnings fell sharply in the third quarter in the context of a year-earlier gain related to its acquisition of cable systems from Adelphia Communications. Comcast’s net income fell 54 per cent to $560 million (E391m), compared with $1.22 billion, a year earlier. Most of the profit decline came from a year-earlier gain of $669 […]

October 26, 2007

No subsidies for DTV in North Rhine-Westphalia

The European Commission has decided that plans to finance part of the fees commercial broadcasters pay for the transmission of their programmes on the DVB-T network in North Rhine-Westphalia are not compatible with the EC state aid rules. The Commission said it fully supported the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, however, the proposed measures […]

October 26, 2007

Microsoft stake in Facebook

Microsoft has beaten off competition from Google to pay $240 million for a 1.6 per cent stake in Facebook that values the popular social networking site at $15 billion. Microsoft will also sell internet ads for Facebook outside the United States as part of the deal that took several weeks of negotiating. Microsoft already provides […]

October 26, 2007

ASA cans Sky ad

The UK ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) has banned a Sky advert following complaints over the claim that new and existing customers get equally good deals with the company. The advert claimed that Virgin Media’s policy was to give better deals to new customers, stated: “At Sky we think it’s wrong to advertise attractive sounding prices […]

October 25, 2007