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Top Stories of the Week - July 9, 2011

Content developers needed for Panasonic Viera IPTVs

Following the practices of Apple, BlackBerry and Google, Panasonic calls on developers to create apps for its proprietary Viera Connect IPTV platform.

As with all new operating systems, success and failure is not based on traditional values such as user interface, intuitiveness or security, but on the number of apps available to use. Panasonic is looking to win the IPTV war by collecting the best array of programs to run on its TVs.

New IPTV provider, iStreamTV guarantees HD content over ADSL line

A new player in the Australian IPTV market, iStreamTV, plans to offer HDTV content, some of it in 3D, over ADSL lines and 3G, deliverable to smartphones, PCs and TV sets coming this July 12.

The service is provided by Australian company Fibredyne that has been developing it for the past three years. It uses video compression and distribution technology from Canadian company MatrixStream and will be offered both as a retail service - to which any broadband user can subscribe - under the brand name iStreamTV and as a white-label service to ISPs.

Google rumored to be the front runner to buy Hulu

Rumors abound at the annual week-long Sun Valley gathering of media executives of Hulu's potential sale with Google being the front runner in buying the video streaming company.

Newspaper sources say that Google has begun preliminary talks with Hulu executives, who already have met with potential buyers Microsoft and Yahoo.

Analysts said Hulu would likely sell for some US$2 billion, the same valuation that Netflix carries. Hulu is expected to see revenues of about US$500 million, this year, its CEO Jason Kilar has said, and anticipated 1 million subscribers will sign up for its premium service, Hulu Plus.

Who has better security: Android Vs. iOS

The antivirus software company, Symantec evaluates the security architecture of mobile operating systems from Google and Apple, but notes OS improvements are only part of the story. Estimates show that Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS now account for almost two-thirds of the smartphone market and are the two platforms gaining share at the expense of RIM, Microsoft, and Palm/HP.

Most likely your next phone or tablet will almost certainly be running one of these operating systems, what's a security-conscious buyer to do? Sure, most people are influenced by more subjective factors, such as Apple's sex appeal or Google's openness and product diversity, but if you are a paranoid, tech-savvy IT type of person, which platform is least likely to cause security headaches for you and your enterprise?

VoIP provider introduces Java-based hassle-free video calling

C2Call, a pioneer for Java-based VoIP calls via the web browser, today announced a complete browser-based echo-free video calling solution via the FriendCaller Web phone.

C2Call was the first VoIP company to leverage the modern operating systems’ Java Virtual Machine (VM) to offer FriendCaller.com’s free Web phone calls to anyone, anywhere in the world, without requiring users to download software or register. Once again, C2Call is the first company use Java to its advantage to introduce browser-based video calling.