‘Microsoft TV Foundation’ Gains Moto Validation

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Microsoft Corp.’s "Microsoft TV Foundation" has been validated by Acadia Labs at Motorola Inc., clearing the way for the company to test its new interactive program guide with cable operators.

Microsoft is due to test the guide with Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable.

The validation covers Motorola's "DCT-1700," "DCT-1800" and "DCT-2000" set-tops.

In other technology news, Cedar Point Communications Inc. released the 3.0 version of its "Safari" media-switching system. The company said the package incorporates PacketCable voice-switching infrastructure.

And Cox Communications Inc. said it placed fourth out of 1,000 companies in a customer-service survey by the Customer Research Group.

CRG rated telecommunications- and networking-sector companies for how they treated customers online. Cox said it was the only cable operator in the top 10.

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