• Channel Chatter: Networking
    Despite the weak economy, Juniper Networks Inc. reported a rise in quarterly profits, partly due to solid router sales and the growing momentum around Juniper's new line of EX Ethernet switches, launched in January. CEO and Chairman Scott Kriens said on a recent earnings call that second-quarter profits rose 40 percent to $120.4 million from $86.2 million in the previous year and revenue jumped 32 percent, rising to $879 million for the quarter.
  • The White Label VAR
    C.J. Ezell, president of The ASI Group, a fast-growing VAR that uses the tagline "Powering Digital Healthcare," has given his business a makeover that is a model for solution providers of all stripes. First off, Ezell said bye-bye to his entire break/fix business four years ago in order to specialize solely on the health-care market. That move had his employees thinking he was "nuts." In fact, Ezell's lead technician quit and started his own break/fix business that captured many of the 150 customers that ASI Group was serving.
  • Google Exec Moves To Friendster
    Today was a good day for Friendster -- the company picked up a former Google executive as its new CEO, and closed $20 million venture capital deal.
  • Dissenting FCC Commissioners Rip Comcast Decision
    It will be interesting to see how the FCC handles its "newly created power," said dissenting commissioner Robert McDowell, because, as an institution, it is "incapable of deciding any issue in the nanoseconds of Internet time."
  • GN Netcom's Jabra channel program gets a value-prop makeover with focus on headsets

    Heads Up
    After years of what it calls an "ad hoc" partner program that didn't focus on value propositions, GN Netcom Inc., maker of Jabra headsets, has launched a new North American partner program to help partners service their customers and boost market share.
  • Apple Releases iPhone OS 2.0 Beta
    Just weeks after shipping, the iPhone's second-generation software is getting a makeover with improved GPS functionality and background push capabilities.