FirstNews Briefs for February 16, 2012
• Leap Wireless International has tapped former T-Mobile USA chief information officer Robert Strickland as its new chief technical officer, effective immediately. Strickland worked at T-Mobile from 2006 to 2010, handling the operator's software development, billing, customer care and other systems. The company also named Bill Ingram as its active CFO until it can find a replacement for Walter Berger, who announced last month he was leaving the company to take a job in the tech sector. Ingram's new responsibilities take effect March 1.
• The FCC voted at its open meeting yesterday to strengthen regulations against robocalls, require VoIP providers to report "significant' outages and modernize cellular licensing requirements. The licensing model for cellular service has been revised from a site-based approach to a geographically based approach.
• Mobile video chat provider ooVoo has appointed Amdocs Cloud Services founder Yuval Baharav as its new CEO. Former CEO Philippe Schwartz will remain a "key advisor" to the company as co-founder. The company also announced that MLM Information Services CFO Paul Mattison would serve as its COO and CFO.
• Vringo and Facebook have settled a dispute over Vringo's Facetones trademark and domain name. Specifics of the settlement were not announced, but Vringo said it "clarifies Vringo's permitted use of the Facetones mark and domain name." Separately, Vringo announced it raised $3.6 million by selling off 3.8 million shares of its stock.
• CellTrust has acquired mobile marketing company RevMobile. Terms of the deal were not announced. CellTrust plans to add RevMobile's white label offering to its existing platform, which is operated through its SMS gateway.
• Dialogic has come out with new software that measures and tracks what it calls the "perceptual quality" of mobile video. Its new VisionVideo technology is designed to help companies understand customers' actual video quality experience, versus extrapolating the data from network conditions.