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Announcements

+ - Best Buy Acquires Speakeasy

Submitted by spazimodo
spazimodo (97579) writes "From the announcement e-mail from Speakeasy CEO Bruce Chatterley: "I am pleased to announce that Speakeasy has been acquired by Best Buy, an innovative and growing Fortune 100 company and the top consumer electronics retailer in North America. This is a significant milestone for our company as our new relationship will help us realize our goals of becoming the No. 1 provider of voice and data solutions to small businesses. It is important to note that though Speakeasy will now be a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy, we will continue to operate as a standalone, independent operating division with headquarters in Seattle."

As a longtime Speakeasy customer, it's too bad to see their business moving in this direction. Back in the day when I called up their support with a problem, and mentioned I was using an OpenBSD box as a firewall/gateway the response was "cool!" — slightly different from the response Comcast or Verizon would give. I can't imagine they'll be able to maintain that independence, and there's no way in hell I'm paying a premium for Internet service to Best Buy."
Networking

+ - Counterfeit Cisco gear showing up in US

Submitted by spazimodo
spazimodo (97579) writes "From the article: "Thirty cards turned out to be counterfeit, he says. Despite repeated calls and e-mails to his supplier, Atec Group, the issue was not resolved. Nor did he get an answer to the most important question: How did a registered Cisco reseller (also a platinum Network Appliance partner and gold partner to Microsoft and Symantec) acquire the counterfeit WICs in the first place?

What he didn't know was that phony network equipment had been quietly creeping into sales and distribution channels since early 2004, when manufacturers began seeing more returns, faster mean-time between failures and higher failure rates, says Nick Tidd, vice president of North American channels for 3Com and president of the Alliance for Gray Market and Counterfeit Abatement (AGMA).

Counterfeit gear has become a big problem that could put networks — and health and safety — at risk. "Nobody wants to say they've got counterfeit gear inside their enterprises that can all of a sudden stop working. But it's all over the place, just like pirated software is everywhere," says Sharon Mills, director of IT procurement organization Caucus.""

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