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Cisco’s triple threat — San Jose networking giant Cisco has won a patent #7075919, which states Cisco owns any “system and method for providing integrated voice, video and data to customer premises over a single network.”
Cisco picked up its intellectual property in a sale by Sandstream Communications & Entertainment, according to LightReading. What does this mean? Well, with Cisco ever more eager to own the living room (as we’ve mentioned), it could approach the big players and demand some fees. We’ll check into this.
MetroFi to launch free WiFi in Foster City Monday — MetroFi may have lost the bid in SF, and the endorsement by Metro Connect, but it keeps rolling: Foster City follows San Jose, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara.
More on the co-founders of YouTube — Adam Lashinsky, writer of Fortune, always has a good line. Here’s his report on the YouTube guys:
One gets the feeling that Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the youthful founders of YouTube, are truly enjoying their last moments of being relevant. …I chatted for a bit on Thursday afternoon with Hurley and Chen, now that they’ve had a few days to digest the impact of their life-changing transaction. Of the two, Chen is the straight-talker, but that’s not surprising. His purview is technology. It’s difficult to shuck and jive about bits and bytes. Hurley, on the other hand, just might go far in the corporate world, should he choose to stay there. As the CEO, he’s an on-message kind of guy, the kind of executive who’s comfortable (or at least effective) giving the same answer he’s given scores of times already, no matter what question you ask him. As a result, what he says is well-coached and of limited value, a skill that should please his new masters to no end…
Google’s GDrive client, called the “Platypus,” leaked — The GDrive is the secret storage drive that Google has been developing, and now apparently letting its employees try out. It is a corporate drive that allows employees to collaborate, access via a Web page, and sync their online and offline work versions with. No sign yet that it’s imminent. From experience, we’ve learned Google can take years before it releases products. Philipp Lenssen has the details on his blog.
New search engine, Guruji, has chance in mobile and local languages — One analyst questions whether the new search engine in India, Guruji, backed by Sequoia, really has a chance to succeed like Baidu did in China, because Google and Yahoo are already so dominant. See our wire story here on Sequoia’s investment. (If you are not getting VentureBeat’s wire stories, remember, you can subscribe to them separately via the RSS on the left side of the homepage, or you can just go read the wire on the left of homepage).
VentureBeat’s VB Insight team is studying email marketing tools.
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