Tellme Bulks Up

The addition of a former Apple exec to the telco startup's board -- and plans for a partnership with Microsoft - are the latest signs an IPO may be near

On May 8, Tellme Networks announced that Avadis "Avie" Tevanian, the former chief software technology officer of computer powerhouse Apple, had joined its board of directors. The appointment was the culmination of six months of discussions, which began before Tevanian announced his plans to retire from Apple (AAPL) at the end of March, and it could signal a major elevation of Tellme's profile and ambitions.

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