In today’s Bulldog wrapup:

  • Cisco and AT&T team up for new conferencing product
  • IBM unveils ‘cloud’ email collaboration suite
  • Google buys wind power
  • Nokia launches comeback
  • Netflix plans to expand

The details:

  • AT&T Teams with Cisco for Conferencing

AT&T (NYSE: T) is teaming with Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) for a new conferencing service built around Cisco Collaboration Meeting Rooms Cloud.

The Cisco offering includes WebEx Personal Rooms and WebEx Video Bridge. Virtually any video device can access the service, the companies say. 

“Traditionally, business video conferencing meant expensive equipment investments and a fixed office space,” said Abhi Ingle, senior vice president, Big Data & Advanced Solutions, AT&T. “Now, we’re making video collaboration easy and accessible to virtually anyone with a connected device. Additionally, through endpoints like the Cisco IX5000, users can utilize the two-way cameras found on almost many mobile devices for an integrated, highly reliable collaboration solution that helps reduce meeting-related travel costs.”

Read more at: http://about.att.com/story/att_and_cisco_redefine_cloud_based_conferencing.html#sthash.tw8jzBWI.dpuf

  • IBM Launches New Enterprise Email 

IBM (NYSE: IBM) is rolling out a new enterprise email solution that it says enhances collaboration through use of social media, analytics and cloud technology.

It’s called Verse.

“With Verse, we set out to rethink how business people get their work done,” Carolyn Pampino, the lead design director on the Verse project, told eWeek. “We tried to focus on user delight.”

According to eWeek, Verse is the first service to connect  by “email, meetings, calendars, file sharing, instant messaging, social updates, video chats and more – through a single collaboration environment. It is the first messaging system to feature ‘faceted search.'”

Read more at: http://www.eweek.com/enterprise-apps/ibm-verse-brings-social-analytics-to-enterprise-email.html#sthash.gx36l5ZL.dpuf

  • Google Buying Wind Power

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) says it will buy the entire output of an 18-turbine, 62-megawatt Dutch wind energy project in the Netherlands to supply power to a major data center it is building.

Company officials said Tuesday that Google wants both price certainty and to ensure that the 600 million euro ($750 million) data center in Eemshaven, Netherlands — due to be completed in 2017 — will be supplied by renewable energy from the start.

The wind project is also still under construction at nearby Delfzijl, with turbines both onshore and off the coast in the North Sea.

Google did not disclose terms but said it has signed a 10-year contract. The U.S. search giant has inked similar deals in Finland and Sweden in the past two years.

  • Nokia Launches Comeback 

Just months after selling its ailing handsets unit to Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Nokia is planning to bring its brand back to consumers with a new tablet.

This time the device operates Android instead of the Windows software that Nokia adopted on its cellphones when it started a strategic partnership with Microsoft in 2011.

Sebastian Nystrom from Nokia’s technologies unit said Tuesday that the former global mobile phone leader was “pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers’ hands.”

Using Android, he said, will give Nokia access to some 80 percent of the world’s mobile consumers compared with just the 2.5 percent who use the Windows mobile devices.

Five months after completing the purchase of Nokia’s handsets, Microsoft last week unveiled its first Lumia smartphone under its own brand name. The company has released a few Lumia models since it bought Nokia’s phone business, but those models still carried the Nokia brand.

Since the $7.2 billion sale of its mobile phone unit, the slimmed-down Nokia has become much more profitable thanks to its three remaining operations: networks, HERE mapping services and software.

It is one of the few computerized roadmap providers in the world and the only one with a long history of working with automotive companies. HERE has an 80 percent market share for embedded automotive maps.

Nokia said that the 7.9-inch N1 tablet will first be available in China in the first quarter of 2015 with an approximate price tag of $250, before being introduced to other markets.

  • Netflix Plans Expansion 

Netflix says it plans to expand into Australia and New Zealand in March.

The online movie and television provider said Tuesday that details on pricing will be available later.

The Los Gatos, California-based company has about 53 million subscribers in the U.S. and internationally. It grew to Canada in 2010, expanded to Latin America in 2011 and in 2012 began rollouts in European countries.

In the most recent quarter, subscriber growth fell short of company forecasts because of a price increase in the U.S., and Netflix is dealing with tougher competition from Amazon and Hulu. HBO is also planning an Internet package in the U.S. next year.

Shares of Netflix Inc. fell 11 cents to close at $381.03 Tuesday. The stock is up 3.5 percent this year.