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Flip Video Camera Says Goodbye

Written on April 12, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Owners of the Flip Video Camera, you just got yourself an official memorabilia of the now defunct mini video cam.

Just two years after buying Flip for $590 million from camera maker Pure Digital, Cisco announced last Tuesday that the portable video cam is no more, and “will exit aspects of its consumer businesses.”

According to a statement, Cisco said that the company had lost its focus by trying to attack too many businesses and will “close down its Flip business and support current FlipShare customers and partners with a transition plan.” This realignment, according to them, is for the purpose to “support four of its five key company priorities.”

Mashable’s Christina Warren shares her insight on Cisco’s move:

“It looks like the Flip was simply an intermediary product. Much like the netbook, which has been largely usurped by lower-cost full laptops and tablets like the iPad, the Flip was simply a product that disrupted markets before moving aside for a true successor,” writes Warren.

Well, that’s it for Flip.

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Cisco Umi Enables Videoconferencing at Home

Written on October 09, 2010 by R. Cruise

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Make video messages or organize video chats with your friends while enjoying the comforts of your home with Cisco Umi.

Last Wednesday, Cisco System unveiled its latest project called Cisco Umi, a technology which allows people to do videoconferencing using their HD televisions.

The Cisco Umi service bundle comes with Cisco-issued high-definition camera with an embedded microphone, a set-top box, and a remote but you need to won an HD TV and installed Internet connection in your home.

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Tony Bates as the New CEO of Skype

Written on October 05, 2010 by Charles Bass

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It has been a year of CEO leaving, being replaced and stepping down. From Microsoft to Nokia, to Twitter and now Skype. What's next on the list? Now that Cisco's Tony Bates is hired as Skype CEO, who's next in line?

Tony Bates who has became a good team player with Cisco. The person who once directly reported to CEO John Chambers is now up for a career growth that is to be the CEO at Skype. Cisco confirmed on one of its blog that Bates is definitely leaving “to pursue another opportunity,”. The New York Times also reported that Joshua Silverman is making way for Mr. Bates. He is on time to make a hard push for an IPO, get more profit and give more hype to Skype. Possibly to “make a deeper push into carrier and enterprise markets,” according to GigaOM.

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