Archive for October 11, 2011

ARRIS Buys Digital Video Networking Company BigBand For $2.24 Per Share In Cash


Global communications technology giant ARRIS has agreed to acquire struggling video networking company BigBand Networks for $2.24 per share, in cash, the company announced this morning. The purchase price equates to a diluted equity value of approximately $172 million, or $53 million net of estimated BigBand cash on hand.

The acquisition will be conducted by means of a tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of BigBand, which is expected to commence within ten business days and will be subject to customary closing conditions.

BigBand Networks provides broadband service providers with digital video networking solutions designed to make it easier to distribute, manage and monetize video. The company says it has done business with more than 200 customers in North America, Asia and Europe, including eight of the ten largest cable and telco service providers in the United States and Canada.

ARRIS says the proposed deal will extend its capabilities in the processing, management and distribution of digital video content. Another important aspect of the decision to acquire BigBand was the latter’s patent portfolio, ARRIS says in a statement.

Upon closing, ARRIS says it anticipates optimizing BigBand’s financial performance through the elimination of public company costs and the alignment of sales, marketing, and RD initiatives.

The board of directors of BigBand has recommended that the shareholders of BigBand accept the tender offer. Redpoint Ventures and ValueAct Capital Partners, holders of 32 percent of the outstanding shares of BigBand, have agreed to tender their shares in the offer.

Completion of the acquisition is expected to occur later this year.


BigBand Networks, Inc. develops, markets, and sells network-based platforms in the United States and internationally.
BigBand’s network-based platforms enable cable operators and telecommunications companies to offer video services across coaxial, fiber, and copper networks.

Their software and hardware solutions are used to offer video services commercially to tens of millions of subscribers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and have been successfully deployed by service providers worldwide, including major service providers in the U.S.

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ARRIS Group, Inc., a global communications technology company, provides integrated broadband network solutions. The company develops, manufactures and supplies cable telephony, video and high-speed data equipment. The company provides products and equipment principally to cable system operators and, more specifically, to Multiple System Operators (MSOs).

ARRIS Group, Inc. was founded in 1969.

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Check Out These 11 Vintage Apple Ads (AAPL)

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Advertising has obviously changed quite drastically since the early 1980s, but you’ll never be more sure of it after taking a look at these vintage Apple ads.

Whether they’re suggestive, loaded with retro appeal, or just plain weird, you’ll appreciate them as a snapshot of a pivotal point in computer history.

UK media regulators collaborate on new whistleblower website for parents

The UK’s main media and communications regulators have teamed up to launch a new website aimed at parents seeking to air their concerns over inappropriate programmes, adverts, products and services.

ParentPort is the result of a collaboration between Ofcom, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the Authority for Television On Demand (ATVOD), the BBC Trust, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) and the Video Standards Council (VSC)/Pan-European Game Information (PEGI). It’s designed to make it easier for parents to complain about content they deem inappropriate across the media, communications and retail industries.

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ParentPort was created in response to an independent review, ‘The Bailey Report’, that was published in June this year, called Letting Children be Children – Report of an Independent Review of the Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood. The report recommended that regulators should collaborate to create a single, central place to guide parents to the best place to voice their concerns.

The site ultimately directs users to the appropriate regulatory body through asking a series of questions relating to the complaint, such as whether it’s a programme, advertisement, film, video game, newspaper or magazine or something else entirely. Following a series of subsequent questions, you could end up on any of the aforementioned body’s website.

The website also provides a ‘Have Your Say’ section, which is less about specific complaints and more about providing feedback and comments – though don’t expect an individual response. It says:

“You can play a part in helping us to protect children from unsuitable material…tell us what’s on your mind and ParentPort will send your message straight to the regulator that’s responsible. You won’t receive an individual response, but what parents, guardians and carers tell us is important and could make a difference.

You might want to know what others think too. In time, we’ll report back here about the issues raised with us through ParentPort.There’s also advice on how to keep children safe online and what parents can do about other products like clothing and the display of magazines in shops”.

The ParentPort initiative comes at the same time as four of the leading UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) agree to offer customers the option of blocking adult content at the point of subscription, with BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin offering the service for computers and smartphones.

The Mythbusters Will Host A New Steve Jobs Documentary (AAPL)

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Discovery has ordered the production of “iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, stars of Discovery’s “Mythbusters,” will host.

The one-hour special will feature interviews with many people who figure prominently in the computing world and Jobs’s life, such as Lee Felsenstein, founding member of the Homebrew Computer Club, and Daniel Kottke, who traveled to India with Jobs. Even Stevie Wonder is in it.

The documentary airs surprisingly soon – Sunday, October 16 at 8 PM. We’ll certainly be tuning in.

Crosspost your Google+ posts to your WordPress blog with this plugin

Software developer Daniel Treadwell has released a WordPress plugin, Google+Blog, which makes it easy to automatically crosspost your Google+ posts to your blog.

The plugin lets you import your posts automatically to WordPress with next to no effort. Simply download and install the plugin, follow the instructions listed below, and you’ll be able to share your Google+ posts with your blog followers who don’t have an account on the social networking site.

There are two versions of the plugin – a paid and a free version, both of which you can download here. The free version features a backlink to the plugin, accompanied by the text, Post imported by Google+Blog. Created By Daniel Treadwell. If you purchase the paid version for $10, the backlinks will be removed. All posts are also accompanied by a link to the original Google+ posts.

How to setup the plugin

To set up the plugin you will need your Google+ ID, which is in your profile URL, and a Google+ API, which you can get here. Click ‘Create project’, scroll down to Google+ and switch the setting on.

api Crosspost your Google+ posts to your WordPress blog with this pluginUnder your newly created project, click ‘API access’ – and your API key will be listed there.

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As for the settings within your WordPress blog itself, you can select the number of existing Google+ posts to import, pre-select tags and a category, and select the status of the posts, choosing between published, pending, future or private.

settings Crosspost your Google+ posts to your WordPress blog with this pluginThe plugin will then check your Google+ profile once every hour and publish new posts to your WordPress blog.

How does it look on your blog?

So how do the posts end up looking on your blog? The title of the post consists of the very first sentence of your Google+ post, so that is worth bearing in mind when creating your Google+ posts after you’ve installed the plugin. Keeping them short, or even adding a bold title to your longer Google+ posts, would be a good way of keeping your WordPress blog titles short and snappy. Of course that title will once again be repeated in the body of the post. Images uploaded to Google+ appear in the body of the post.

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Images that accompany links that you’ve shared on the site are also displayed exactly as they appear on Google+. It is worth mentioning that if your link is not accompanied by an image on Google+, a broken image link will appear on your WordPress blog.

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Comments that are made on Google+ should also show up on your blog post, but in our experience, while viewable in the WordPress dashboard, they didn’t appear on the post themselves until the plugin Livefyre was installed.

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Our verdict

The plugin isn’t without its minor issues, such as blog post categories. It’s highly doubtful that each and every Google+ post will be about the same topic, and if you like to have all of your posts properly categorized on your blog, it would be better to import the posts as ‘Pending,’ and then add the final touches before posting. This does take away the entirely automated process, but your efforts are minimal – adding categories, and possibly removing some of the extraneous text that is included in the post. For example, link posts from Google+ are accompanied by the text, Embedded link, which is of course unnecessary.

That is a very small price to pay for the ease with which you can crosspost your Google+ links, images and videos on your WordPress blog. The plugin is easy to setup and use, and opens up a whole new world of how you can use your Google+ account – where it effectively becomes something of a WordPress client. If you’re an avid Google+ user, you’ll find this plugin extremely useful.

There are several different ways you can use the plugin. You can use it as a means to automatically pull in all of your Google+ posts to share alongside your other blog posts, or as Daniel points to Colby Brown’s approach, you can create a Google+ page featuring only your Google+ posts.

To try out the plugin for yourself, download it here, and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments.

It’s Facebook, What Else Did You Expect?


Top: Landscape-mode screenshot from Facebook’s new, unified iOS update.

Bottom: Landscape-mode screenshot from MyPad’s iPhone app.

I swear to God Facebook, we should start holding a contest for people who can spot this this kind of design “flattery” — like have them win Disrupt Beijing tickets or something.

For practice: Here’s what their respective iPad apps look like, guess which one’s Facebook’s and which one’s MyPad’s …

Mon Dieu.

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Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 500 million users.

Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 weeks, half of the schools in the Boston area began demanding a Facebook network. Zuckerberg immediately recruited his friends Dustin Moskowitz and Chris Hughes to help build Facebook, and within four months, Facebook added 30 more college networks.

The original idea for the term…

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