Europe's weather woes spell boost for video conferencing; Netflix, online video traffic issues catch public's attention

> NTT America is showcasing its Cloud Computing and Global Virtualization platforms at the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas this week. News release.

> If there's any bright side to this week's frozen, snowy chaos across the UK and Europe, it is the boost in traffic for video conferencing service providers, Total Telecom reports. Story.

> The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) expressed its disappointment in the Senate's failure to repeal a new rule that requires businesses to file Form 1099 when they pay any individual or business more than $600 for goods or services within a year. You know who else was disappointed in the Senate? Palpatine, that's who. But that's sort of a moot point. News release.

> Daisy Group, a UK-based telecoms firm, has gobbled up 12 smaller telecommunications and service providers in an "acquisition spree" this year, Reuters reports, and has no plans of stopping.  Story.

> Kettler Management in the Washington, D.C. area is adding Verizon's Virtual Concierge Service to all 54 of its FiOS-equipped properties in the area. The service automates many residential features and amenities. News release.

> Valmont Industries, which manufactures poles and equipment for utilities, wireless and other verticals, has declared a quarterly dividend of 16.5 cents per share payable on January 14, 2011 to shareholders of record on December 31, 2010. News release.

> Will the exponential increase in data traffic, particularly video streaming, "break" the Internet? Susana Schwartz of ConnectedPlanet explores how policy management can disarm this scenario. Story.

And finally... the recent Level 3-Comcast spat over fees to carry Netflix streaming content over Comcast's pipes caught the public's attention, the Denver Post notes, and it's only the beginning of such battles. Story.