ALSO NOTED: DirectTV, EchoStar go for triple play?; Venturi Wireless adds two new VPs; and much more...

> Chutes and Ladders: 3G optimizer Venturi Wireless announced it has added Larry Slotnik as VP of engineering and Rikard Kjellberg as VP of products. Slotnik previously worked for Apple and most recently PalmSource, while Kjellberg previously worked at OpenWave. Release

> DirecTV and EchoStar may team up to offer triple play services in order to compete with increasing pressure from cable MSOs and the imminent threat of telcos. The data service would be wireless. Article

> Italian consumer groups have filed complaints against the IPO of carrier 3 Italia. Article

> China claims its number of wireless subscribers will reach 440 million this year. Article

And Finally... A new study coming out of the U.K. finds that about 53 percent of employees feel they work with a "bunch of monkeys." Article