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Aereo assets sold, for a pittance

February 27, 2015 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

And thus ends one of the more interesting technological digressions of recent years. The few assets that Aereo had left were auctioned off and brought in less than $2 million, far, far less than what the defunct company had hoped to reap from the sale.  

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Today in Engineering History: Cigar Rolling Machine Patented

February 27, 2015 1:37 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

On this day in 1883, Oscar Hammerstein patented his cigar rolling machine. As a young man, Hammerstein moved to New York City from the Kingdom of Prussia (now Poland) in 1864. He began working at a cigar factory and eventually worked his way to becoming a cigar maker.

Wall Street yawns in response Title II

February 27, 2015 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The stock market largely shrugged off the Federal Communications Commission's vote to impose tougher rules on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes for the Internet and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

Wall Street yawns in response Title II

February 27, 2015 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The stock market largely shrugged off the Federal Communications Commission's vote to impose tougher rules on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes for the Internet and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

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'House of Cards' all aces for Netflix

February 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Even if it never wins another award, "House of Cards" already ranks among the most influential series in television history. The political drama launched Netflix's expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had "House of Cards" flopped and squandered its estimated $100 million investment. Instead, the show was an immediate hit with viewers and critics.

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ISPs Fall Under Title II After 3-2 FCC Vote

February 26, 2015 1:30 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The FCC Thursday morning passed new rules that will reclassify ISPs as public utilities under Title II of the Communications Act. The new rules, which passed on a 3-2 vote, will ban paid prioritization agreements; outlaw the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services and will apply to wireless providers. 

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VeEX earns patent for modular tester with modular screen

February 26, 2015 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

It appears a version of BYOD is coming to test & measurement. VeEX has been awarded a patent for modular electronic testing apparatus and methods that includes a modular screen.

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TWC’s NaviSite launches new West Coast data center

February 26, 2015 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s NaviSite has opened the doors on a new enterprise class data center in Santa Clara, Calif. The state-of-the-art data center—the building is owned by data center provider Digital Realty—joined NaviSite’s nine existing data centers across the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Survey says cloud lives up to hype for enterprise businesses

February 26, 2015 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

A recent survey by communications and enterprise IT service provider Tata Communications found that enterprise organizations with more than 500 employees saw tangible benefits to their cloud computing efforts. The survey results included 85 percent of the respondents saying that the cloud had lived up to the industry hype, while 23 percent said it had exceeded their expectations.

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Nickelodeon debuts mobile service Noggin

February 26, 2015 1:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nickelodeon is creating brand-new content and resurrecting old shows for a mobile subscription service aimed at preschoolers. The $6-a-month service called Noggin will have new games and activities alongside archives of shows no longer on any of Nickelodeon's TV channels.

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Police probing CenturyLink outage in Arizona

February 26, 2015 12:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Phoenix police are investigating an act of vandalism that left people across northern Arizona without the use of the Internet, cellphones and landlines for several hours. CenturyLink spokesman Alex Juarez said the problem was first reported around noon Wednesday. Internet and phone service started to come back to some residents and businesses in Flagstaff by 6:30 p.m.

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Do You Have the Right to Be Disconnected?

February 26, 2015 12:30 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

Connectivity is great, perhaps especially for engineers and other scientists, but are we changed when we connect? And what could happen if people become connected themselves, through augmentations and implants?

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Wi-Fi pacing Cablevision's connectivity strategy

February 25, 2015 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Emboldened by increasing customer usage of data services in general and new Wi-Fi services in particular, Cablevision is now explicitly recasting itself as a connectivity company, not a video company.

ISPs can't turn to Congress for Title II avoidance

February 25, 2015 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

A key Senator said the Republicans opposing the FCC's proposal to reclassify broadband as a communications service don't have enough votes to stymie the Commission's plans.

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Frontier to take TiVo over-the-air

February 25, 2015 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications will become the first service provider to offer TiVo’s Roamio DVR-based service over-the-air (OTA.) Starting mid-year, TiVo and Frontier will jointly market and deploy co-branded versions of TiVo’s whole home offerings and services, but the OTA element was designed for Frontier’s broadband customers that don’t subscribe to typical linear tiers.

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TransGaming’s GameTree TV heads to Liberty’s Horizon TV

February 25, 2015 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

TransGaming has expanded its partnership with Liberty Global to bring its on-demand TV games to Liberty’s next generation Horizon set-top boxes. Liberty Global will be offering TransGaming’s GameTree TV to subscribers in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland Ireland, Poland and Hungary.

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