Cloud services pick up momentum; Sky Television tests Web streaming waters

> Momentum behind cloud computing is growing, with nearly two-thirds of end users planning to increase their investments in cloud solutions by more than 5 percent this year and IT channel companies looking at a 10 percent increase, says research firm CompTIA. News release.

> Switzerland's Sunrise Communications AG has picked Incognito Software Broadband Command Center for automated delivery of triple play services, CED reports. Story.

> Charles Vogt, CEO of Genband, has been named to the Global Telecoms Business Power 100 list. News release.

> Presenting at next week's Deutsche Bank Securities Leveraged Finance Conference will be Sunit Patel, EVP and CFO for Level 3 Communications (Nasdaq: LVLT). Shareholders can view the webcast online. News release.

> Because there just isn't enough anime available already, AT&T's (NYSE: T) U-verse has launched the FUNimation channel, a 24x7 HD channel featuring all anime, all the time, says HDReport. Story.

> IPTVNews has an interview with Stephen Carter, Chief Marketing, Strategy and Communication Officer at Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), who speaks of many things broadband. No cabbages or kings, though. Story.

> Sky Television is testing the IPTV waters by signing with Internet service providers to offer unmetered broadband plans that will stream content directly to subscriber computers, the New Zealand Herald reports. iSky launches in December and is free to Sky subscribers. Story.

And finally... In "hmmm" news, analysis of the computer worm that infected systems at an Iranian nuclear power plant last week has found a file named "Myrtus," a name that sometimes alludes to the biblical Esther. This, the New York Times reports, has some experts speculating that the Stuxnet worm is of Israeli origin, while others suggest it's merely a plant to implicate Israel. Story.

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