Wireless backhaul startup Blinq Networks has raised $10 million in new funding from BDC Venture Capital, New Venture Partners and Summerhill Venture Partners. The cash will go towards expanding the company’s sales and marketing, as well as development of its backhaul technology. Blinq got its start in June 2010 by acquiring some of Nortel Network’s assets. It specializes in non-line-of-site backhaul for small cells.
The Transportation Department and FCC are among 140 organizations backing AT&T’s campaign against texting while driving. The nationwide “It Can Wait” campaign spans television ads, social media and live events. AT&T reports more than 500,000 pledges to not text while driving have been logged on the campaign’s website, and its DriveMode app to curtail the practice has been downloaded more than 80,000 times.
Nuance Communications has acquired Ditech Networks in a deal worth about $22.5 million. The voice recognition company plans to incorporate Ditech’s voicemail-to-text service technology with its existing products. The transaction has been cleared by both companies’ boards of directors and is expected to close late this year.
The Wi-Fi Alliance has listed the first products certified under its Miracast video sharing program. The group includes components from Broadcom, Intel, Marvell, MediaTek, Ralink and Realtek. Miracast technology allows video to be quickly transmitted from one device to another. For instance, a Miracast user could share a laptop screen with a projector in real time over a Wi-Fi Direct connection.