By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/14/2014

ShoreTel's Board of Directors has rejected Mitel's second buyout proposal. Will Mitel hike the offer more? Go for a hostile takeover when November 20 rolls around? And just how much does ShoreTel think it is worth, anyway?

According to ShoreTel's board, Mitel's second offer significantly undervalues ShoreTel and its strong prospects for continued growth and value cration... and is not in the best interest of ShoreTel stockholders. Mitel has offered a total of $8.50 per share of ShoreTel common stock, made up of $8.10 in cash and another $0.40 per share in Mitel common stock in its second offer. The first offer was an all-cash transaction at $8.10 per share made on October 27, followed by the more recent $8.50 offer on November 10.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/14/2014

Don't blink. Microsoft is starting to pick up speed as it starts to implement drastic changes in the way it does business. Open sourcing of server software with ports to other operating systems, increasingly aggressive service bundling, support for WebRTC, and free Windows for mobile devices are evidence that cloud first and mobile first aren't just hot air. CEO Satya Nadella is shaking up Microsoft in a way that would have given Steve Ballmer a heart attack.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/13/2014

Before President Obama decided to kick the hornet's nest on November 12, net neutrality was low on Washington's radar. Why is the White House pushing for broadband regulation now? How serious is the administration?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had been inching along, trying to find a balance between full-blown Title II regulation and no intervention as a chorus of carrier-sponsored lobbying continued to whisper against more regulation. Net neutrality wasn't a hot button issue in the 2014 elections cycle. Voters went Republican to protest Obama administration policies, according to pundits, with polls indicating 54 percent disapproval along with 65 percent of the country saying the country is on the wrong track.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
11/13/2014

It was a strange day for Cisco, as the company both brought out its first quarter 2015 fiscal year earnings report and bid farewell to its chief financial officer (CFO) Frank Calderoni - all on the same day. Though Calderoni will be sticking around until January 1, he will be leaving on something of a high note, as Cisco reported that its earnings managed to beat Wall Street estimates for the quarter.

By Rory J. Thompson, Web Editor
11/13/2014

Consumer Electronics are the Big 'Get' for the Holidays.

The Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) holiday shopping survey claims overall spending will reach the highest point - $33.76 billion - since it began tracking holiday spending in 1994. That’s up 2.5 percent over 2013.

By Bob Wallace, Founder, Fast Forward Thinking LLC
11/13/2014

If you thought the year-end holiday shop-a-thon craziness started sometime close to Thanksgiving, think again.

This year’s installment could be crazier as the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) holiday shopping survey claims overall spending will reach the highest point - $33.76 billion - since it began tracking holiday spending in 1994. That’s up 2.5 percent over 2013.

Get ready for the crush.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/12/2014

AT&T and Verizon garner the vast majority of headlines, but let's look beyond Mexico and Orwellian supercookies for a moment. CenturyLink and Frontier are doing a lot work with the resources they have—both bear watching for what they are building.

Louisiana-based CenturyLink has invested a substantial amount of money in data centers and core IP infrastructure. A few weeks ago, the company announced it deployed Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) as an upgrade, enabling an end-to-end managed IP/MPLS network. A single 7950 XLS core router can forward 16 terabits of data per second while doing so at considerable power savings as compared to alternatives.

By Rory J. Thompson, Web Editor
11/12/2014

Mind-boggling numbers: Zettabytes to be the new standard by 2018.

Only recently have consumer hard drives begun to reach the terabyte size. That is 1,000 gigabytes. Businesses, on the other hand, may now be used to having petabyte-size drives – 1,000 terabytes. What lies beyond that realm are exabytes and zettabytes - volumes that are arguably impossible to fathom from any common vantage point.

By Joe Rizzo, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
11/11/2014

During the summer, Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market leading strengths of each company in an attempt to transform enterprise mobility. This partnership addresses what the two companies call “a new class of business apps,” which brings IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.

At the time of the agreement, the new business apps were slated to become available some time during the fall. Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
11/11/2014

While there are plenty of users out there who don't turn to the Facebook Messenger tool, those numbers are on something of a decline, according to recent reports from Facebook itself. Recently, the company turned a milestone, with over 500 million people per month turning to Messenger to make connections easier. But this new improvement has been just a small part of a larger overall plan, and one that some might not have expected to see from a company like Facebook.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/11/2014

Elon Musk has confirmed SpaceX is getting into the broadband and small satellite businesses, but details remain vague. Speculation has been driven by a number of reports, the most recent a Wall Street Journal piece last week that Musk took a swipe at.

Rumors started a couple of months ago with WorldVu Satellites first working with Google, then jumping to over to SpaceX. WorldVu has secured satellite spectrum licenses from the ITU, according to a June Space News piece, and will set up a network of 360 satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) to provide low-cost, high-speed wireless broadband coverage. Initial operation date would be in late 2019.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
11/11/2014

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is on a roll. He recently hosted a very select group of tech writers in Redmond to better articulate the company’s focus, which was followed up with a session in the U.K., and by a blog post from Microsoft Communications VP Frank Shaw.

For those who may have missed where the Redmond giant is planting the flag, it is around the word “productivity.” As the company’s owned website MSN.com reported via a piece from TechCrunch , the new mantra at Microsoft is “Get stuff done.” And, they quote Nadalla as saying that productivity can be distilled down to meaning: “It’s really about the empowerment that I get when I use this technology to go get stuff done.”

By Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
11/11/2014

We are approaching the season of giving, and we often open our wallets a little farther and buy a bunch of stuff for ourselves at the same time. The market is full of interesting products and some rather unique hazards this year so, as we approach Black Friday and Cyber Monday here are my thoughts on navigating this mess.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
11/10/2014

Despite what some might think, people have been known to depart the Apple line occasionally and go to other mobile devices. For a long time, this was actually something of a problem, particularly for those users who wanted to get text messages sent from one device to another. But Apple may have just delivered a great fix for those departing members, and all in the form of a simple Web-based tool.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/10/2014

Mitel has put some more value on the table for its ShoreTel bid. The current offer as of this morning, November 10, is $8.50 a share, representing a total value of $574 million for all outstanding shares of ShoreTel. I suspect Mitel will have to go a bit higher before there's any happiness among the ShoreTel board or shareholders.

Mitel's latest offer breaks down to $8.10 per share in cash—everyone loves cash—and another $.40 per share in Mitel common shares. The first offer in late October was $8.10 per share in cash, so the current one moves the bar from a 24 percent premium from ShoreTel's closing stock price on October 17, 2014 to a 31 percent premium, with ShoreTel's enterprise value moving from 30 to 38 percent.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
11/10/2014

Even since the U.S. D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in January of this year threw Net Neutrality rules back to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) based on a ruling that in Verizon v. FCC that it had overstepped its authority by prohibiting Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from blocking or discriminating against traffic by lawful websites, this has been a topic of hot debate and intrigue.

The ruling, which tossed out the old ISP regulatory left FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler with the hot potato of trying to find a Solomon-like new regulatory framework by which the “Open Internet” would be protected for everyone, but that entities looking for preferred connections could obtain them with ISPs being allowed to charge a premium for giving such services to what others have called “bandwidth hogs.” After all, shouldn’t cost causers be cost bearers? The challenge has been if the hogs get the best connections and the rest of us get “best efforts,” how can this be construed as being good for innovation and competition?

By TMCnet Special Guest,
11/10/2014

There will be two particularly important business opportunities unfolding next year in the electronics and high tech industry.

The first is the growing importance, broader use, and more extensive leveraging of digital as the industry’s universal language and central driver of all key strategic decisions, investments, goal-setting and performance metrics. The second is the unprecedented rise in proliferation and commercialization of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By TMCnet Special Guest,
11/10/2014

There will be two particularly important business opportunities unfolding next year in the electronics and high tech industry.

The first is the growing importance, broader use, and more extensive leveraging of digital as the industry’s universal language and central driver of all key strategic decisions, investments, goal-setting and performance metrics. The second is the unprecedented rise in proliferation and commercialization of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC
11/07/2014

ORBCOMM today unleashed a constellation of news. That includes plans to acquire fellow M2M satellite outfit SkyWave Mobile Communications, and a public offering of common stock that it hopes to use to fund that deal.

SkyWave, the largest M2M service provider on the Inmarsat global L-band satellite network, is being bought for $130 million in a deal that’s expected to close early next year. The pairing, ORBCOMM said, will help it scale its business, deliver customers a broader array of options, and create long-term shareholder value. It also brings valuable engineering talent and robust distribution channels in Asia, the Middle East, and South America to ORBCOMM, the company said.

By Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director
11/07/2014

I've never been one to understand how it happens, but most of us have, at least once, locked ourselves out of the house or car. Quite embarrassing, no doubt, to have to call a relative with a key to have them come let you into your own house. Of course, what happens if you don't have a nearby relative, or you don't have a spare vehicle key, or your significant other is away on business, or any number of other increasingly odd scenarios that would preclude you from being able to get into your home of vehicle? Time to break a window? Call a police officer or garage to come with a slim jim? Wait in the yard for your kids to get home from school with a key?

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