Sprint Nextel Unit Sues Vonage Over Patents
A Sprint Nextel subsidiary sued Vonage Holdings, Theglobe.com and Voiceglo Holdings, accusing them of infringing seven patents tied to making telephone calls over the Internet. The lawsuit, filed by Sprint Communications in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., seeks unspecified damages and a court order blocking the companies from using the technology. The lawsuit claims the companies are using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology developed by Sprint as far back as 2001 that processes voice calls into packets of data and delivers them over the Web.
Vonage, the country's largest provider of VoIP service with more than 1 million customers, did not return calls seeking comment. Ed Cespedes, president of Theglobe.com, which also is the parent of Voiceglo, said the suit has no merit.
SEC Wants to Make Filings More Interactive
The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking interactive financial data software to transform public company filings into reports that can be more easily accessed and analyzed by investors. The agency said it asked software companies to provide information on technology "that will make interactive financial data a reality."
Sirius Adds 359,000 Subscribers
Sirius Satellite Radio said subscriber growth of more than 359,000 in the third quarter was nearly double the net additions it had in the corresponding period a year ago.
Sirius, based in New York, said it ended the quarter with more than 2.17 million subscribers and had more than 20 percent of the market for subscription radio services. Chief executive Mel Karmazin credited some of the growth to the coming additions of shows from Howard Stern and Martha Stewart next year.
Motorola to Offer Songs From Universal
Motorola said it will offer Universal Music Group's catalog of music on a mobile service that will run on cell phones and car stereos. Motorola has said it will launch the service, called iRadio, in the first quarter of next year.
Xbox, Adidas Team Up on Soccer
Microsoft said its Xbox brand has teamed with sporting goods maker Adidas-Salomon for a series of events leading up to next year's soccer World Cup. Under the deal, Microsoft said, Xbox 360 kiosks will be installed in Adidas stores in the United States, Europe, Japan, Canada, Asia, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand for a variety of activities before the 2006 event.
Xbox and Adidas will also support "MTV Goal -- Germany 2006," a film following the progress of 10 rising soccer stars as they try out for their national squads, as well as "Goal: The Movie" with cross-promotional activities.
Compiled from staff and news service reports.