News In Brief: Alcatel-Lucent, Vodafone Germany, Synchronoss, Nokia, Technicolor (Thompson), Amazon, Microsoft, Movial, Deutsche

Alcatel-Lucent yesterday launched a unified communication and collaboration product for small- and medium-sized businesses that allows the Web 2.0 capabilities of a desk phone to be accessed on an iPhone or laptop PC.
 
Vodafone Germany will combine cable, DTH and IPTV technologies in a mobile TV service it plans to launch by the year-end, iptv-news.com reports.
 
Transaction management platform provider Synchronoss Technologies has arranged to acquire mobile content transfer company FusionOne for $40 million (€31.9 million) - consisting of $32 million in cash and $8 million in stock.
 
Nokia shares fell to a new low for the year of €6.63 yesterday, after a bank dropped the company's investment grade.
 
The global broadband CPE market shrank 13% on a sequential basis in Q1, according to Infonetics. Technicolor (Thomson) is the market leader on sales, just ahead of Huawei and Motorola.
 
Amazon has launched an internet grocery business in the UK.
 
Microsoft is proceeding with plans to cut several hundred jobs from its 88,000 strong workforce. But the latest cuts will pale in significance to the 5,000 jobs cut last year
 
User-experience optimization firm Movial has won deals with five chipset and platform vendors to test and integrate Flash Player 10.1 on smartphones, tablet PCs, e-readers and netbooks. The testing service can be used on system-on-a-chip, or MeeGo and Android platforms.
 
Deutsche Telekom is gearing up to launch 3D content on its domestic IPTV service in September, RapidTVNews reports.

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