MULTIMEDIA OVER ORDINARY PHONE LINES
AT&T Paradyne's GlobeSpan technology uses ordinary copper telephone wires to bring voice, video and data into the home or office. "Anyone with standard telephone service will have access to a multitude of multimedia services," says a company spokesman. Consumers will be able to attach a telephone line to a converter box connected to either the TV or the household PC. The new technology will eliminate the need for ISDN or fiber optic lines, and could be available in most parts of the country within 12 months. (Tampa Tribune 1995-07-27 B&F1)
[From the press release: "GlobeSpan quadruples transmission speeds from T1 (1.544 Mbps) to over 6 Mbps." "GlobeSpan is the first fully-integrated... transceiver chipset that supports both asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) and symmetric, high-bit-rate digital subscriber line (HDSL) applications." ASDL is the fast-downstream, slow-upstream model required by, e.g, video-on-demand applications -- I send a simple command and get a movie. AT&T has licensed the underlying technology, called CAP (carrierless amplitude and phase modulation) so far to 15 companies worldwide; for a list see Paradyne's press release at <http://www.att.com/press/0795/950727.pda.html>.
[What I want to know is: who will we buy these boxes from, AT&T? CableVision? CompUSA? What are they likely to cost? What will be the monthly freight on ADSL or HDSL service?]
Trademark conflicts with domain namespace
See also TBTF for 1996-05-05, 1995-09-14, 09-03, 07-30
Network Solutions Inc., the computer networking unit of Science Applications International Corp., will no longer assign Internet addresses on a first-come-first-served basis, if the address represents a trademarked name of another company. If an individual owner of such an address refuses to relinquish it, Network Solutions will suspend use of that address. In the past, individuals have registered names such as "mcdonalds.com" without owning the trademark to that name. (Wall Street Journal 1995-07-27 B12)
[This time Edupage condensed a lot of the salients out of the piece (they don't usually do that). Background: NSI is the entity that runs the InterNIC, the registration service for domain names. Upon registering the requestor is asked to warrant that the name is theirs to use (or at least not known to them to be a trademark registered to someone else). If later another party steps forward and demonstrates itself to be the trademark holder, and the original requestor refuses to give up the name, then InterNIC will suspend use of the domain for the original holder.
[I obtained impatiens.com without benefit of trademark search 2 months ago, so Impatiens Press ought to be grandfathered.]
NEW CAMPUS NETWORK OPTIONS
Two long-distance phone companies have targeted the college campus for their latest networking products. Sprint Corp.'s TekNet offers integrated voice, video and data networks for universities seeking to upgrade their networks to handle multimedia applications. MCI Communications has launched its campusMCI service, which specializes in providing high-speed Internet connections on campus. (Chronicle of Higher Education 1995-07-28)
[And, dancing under the feet of elephants, Planet BBN was just awarded a contract to wire more than a dozen campuses of the University of Maryland.]
BUSINESS INFO ONLINE
Researchers can now access online information on all public debt and equity offerings over the past 12 months, provided free by advertising agency Doremus & Co. and CommScan Inc. Users can search by issuer, industry, deal type and deal size. Wall St. Net can be found at: <http://netresource.com/wsn/>. (Investor's Business Daily 1995-07-26 A4)
[Good site, drop-dead graphics. Aimed squarely and investment bankers; the jargon is that not of the technologist but of the IPO jockey.]
>>From the Weekly Recap:
[Both Oracle and Informax announced plans to provide supported access to their databases from the Web. Oracle's arrangement is a technology-licensing deal with Spyglass, exclusive licensee of NCSA Mosaic technology and developer of Enhanced Mosaic. Informix's is a joint development with Spider Technologies, maker of Spider, a visual Web/database application builder.]
Netscape Communications Corp. announced Secure Courier, an open, cross-platform protocol to create a secure digital envelope for financial data on the Internet; support for the new protocol includes Intuit Inc. and Mastercard International. Secure Courier will observe the forthcoming MasterCard and Visa security specifications for bank card purchases on open networks... American Express announced agreements with CyberCash, First Virtual, Netscape and Open Market to accommodate and secure American Express Card and Optima Card transactions over the Internet.
[That's the big four. Within 6 months we'll see if people actually want to buy things online: this is where the rubber meets the sky. You probably know which way I'll be betting.]
Coming soon: an archive of TBTF on the Web.