Verizon teams with Google for TV ads; Comcast trials interactive TV apps
> Those who like a little competitive news to chew on during a long fall weekend have to love today's issue. Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is doing great by all outward appearances, growing subscribers and making money but "something doesn't seem right. Verizon seems to having some problems," writes Jeff Kagan in E-Commerce Times. Story.
> Verizon (and this is an all-Verizon start) is also mulling the idea of selling its wireless data plans "like the cable industry," according to ars technica, which further hinted the company might also impose cable-like data caps. "If you want to pay for less speed, you'll pay for less speed and consumer more, or you can pay for high-speed and consume less," the item quotes CFO Fran Shammo. Story.
> Google Ads (Nasdaq: GOOG), which recently parted ways with soon-to-be-Comcast-owned NBC Universal has partnered up with Verizon FiOS so that its online platform can be used to buy national ads and target and scale results. Google will now have access to FiOS' base of 3.3 million homes. Story.
> Speaking of Comcast (see above if you don't know it's happened), the nation's top MSO is reportedly using a system in the South as a trial bed for interactive TV applications. Being Comcast, of course, there was no further definition of where the system might be. Story.
> Riding that Comcast train, it turns out that convergence is more than an overused telecom phrase; it's an approach to business where the MSO has converged its field operations by pushing four divisions into three: the Northeast, Central and West. Odd man out, management-wise, is Southern Division (being funneled into the Central) President John Ridall, who is retiring. Comcast declined to comment on the inevitable wave of layoffs that will follow. Story.
> Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) has acquired Blackwave's Internet video storage and delivery infrastructure, thus gaining access to "technology which addresses the massive delivery requirements of very large Internet content providers, including content publishers, video aggregators, telcos, wireless network operators, cable/IPTV providers and content delivery networks (CDNs)," the two companies said in a news release.
And finally... PayPal wants to give consumers access to their "digital wallets" to buy products using their TV remotes in conjunction with cable's Project Canoe. There's nothing been said, however, about whether digital money works as well as real money--or plastic, for that matter--when it comes time to pay those bills. Story.