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We noted last week that BT’s announcement of its own CDN style capabilities drew some weird and confused headlines, with BT being accused of breaching

By PETER WHITE

Published: 13 January, 2011

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We noted last week that BT’s announcement of its own CDN style capabilities drew some weird and confused headlines, with BT being accused of breaching Network Neutrality principles. Its Content Connect service is simply a CDN service which relies on servers which can deliver over a private backbone to internet access lines – in other words a service like Akamai or Limelight. Yes content suppliers pay to get their content to BT and non-BT users alike, more rapidly, but it’s not on the Internet from end to end, and doesn’t come through the generalized gateway for Telcos usually referred to as a Broadband Remote Access Server. If it had offered to “prioritize” traffic on this server it would be in breach of Net neutrality. What it’s actually done is gone into competition with Akamai.

Broadcom and Bluetooth doyen Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) have agreed to bury the hatchet and settle all legal disputes between them. Both are strong in Bluetooth and have a variety of intellectual property disputes in play. There is also no love lost in location technologies such as GPS chips, so this will end the dispute between Broadcom's Global Locate subsidiary and CSR's SiRF operation. The company said that terms of the agreement were confidential, but Wireless Week says that CSR will pay Broadcom $67.5 million in the settlement. They have each promised not to sue each other until at least 2016. We’ll look forward to it.

Skype has bought a video service called Qik, paying $150 million. The deal appears to be more a shuffling of silverware, given that the two operations have common board members and shareholders. Californian based Qik suddenly has a hit record in offering live video streams, and says that its traffic jumped from 600,000 visitors last year to 5 million this year. Its service lets mobile phone users share video clips across the internet and so far it has only raised $8.5 million in funding to date, but that includes Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, who have also invested in Skype.

US video chip maker Zoran says that a number of its chips will be included in a new internet connected TV design from Toshiba due out shortly. Its SupraHD 788 processor powers the TV and will run online movie streaming and apps. It will also take frame rate conversion chips. Apps will include Netflix, VUDU, Pandora Internet Radio, access to Facebook and Twitter, and news feeds from the New York Times, as well as Flickr and Picasa. The new Toshiba's UL605 DTV will go on sale in the US this year and will be DLNA compliant.

A new version of Google’s Android will come out this Summer called Ice Cream which can work with both Tablets and phones and serve as an update both for Honeycomb and for the latest release for smaller-screened devices, Gingerbread. According to the PocketLint blog, Ice Cream is due in June or July, as Google slows down the rate of new Android releases to two per year, to stem Android fragmentation, as the OS matures. Ice Cream is expected to be launched officially in May. After Ice Cream, another new Android version is not expected until the end of 2011.

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