HomeGrid Forum releases home networking webinar; Google's Schmidt defends Page

> The HomeGrid Forum has made available a webinar on home networking for download on its website. Details.

> Outgoing Google CEO Eric Schmidt called criticism of co-founder Larry Page "grossly unfair." Story.

> Charter is boosting its broadband speeds on two subscriber tiers at no additional cost as it further separates from DSL. Story.

> Vitesse Semiconductor has expanded its Carrier Ethernet portfolio to include Layer 3 routing and MPLS switching to support its Tiger switch engine. News release.

> Cloud computing service provider GoGrid is moving onto NTT America's Tier 1 global IP backbone. News release.

> Orckit-Corrigent and 3M will both provide services--Orckit-Corrigent the packet transport network and 3M the support services--to German carrier VSE Net. News release.

> Cox Enterprises has big plans for Arizona: It's building a $70 million data center in Phoenix. Story.

> The Australian Communications and Media Authority is allowing geographic numbers to be issued to outbound VoIP services in the country. Story.

And finally... Facebook has edged ahead of Amazon.com to claim the spot of second most valuable U.S. Internet company, behind Google. Story.