Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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AT&T NAMES PRESIDENT FOR PHONE, SERVICES UNITS

AT&T Corp. announced yesterday the appointment of a new president to run its core telephone and network service operations while chief executive C. Michael Armstrong focuses on the company's sweeping breakup plan.

David Dorman, 46, is being promoted to the post from his current role as chief executive of Concert, an international joint venture between AT&T and British Telecommunications that focuses on business customers.

AT&T hasn't had a president since late last year, when John Zeglis was named to lead the new AT&T Wireless Group as its chairman and chief executive.

The promotion positions Dorman as a potential successor to Armstrong, whose contract runs for three more years until he reaches AT&T's mandatory retirement age of 65. But while AT&T's declining fortunes have battered Armstrong's reputation, there's been little indication that his job is in jeopardy.

Dorman declined to comment on whether he hopes to become AT&T's next chief executive.

REPLAYTV CUTS STAFF, CHANGES FOCUS

ReplayTV, a pioneering maker of personal video recorders, is cutting its staff almost in half and will move away from selling its own set-top boxes to consumers, company officials said yesterday.

Amid tight competition from rival TiVo Inc. -- and with more to come from industry giant Microsoft Corp. -- Mountain View, Calif.-based ReplayTV said it will focus instead on licensing its technology to cable providers and other companies.

It will stop making its own digital video recorders but will continue, for instance, to work with Panasonic, which makes a set-top box using ReplayTV's technology.

Personal video recorders digitally store hours of television programming on a computer hard drive, allowing users to watch the shows they choose, when they want, all without the hassle of video tapes. …

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