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Passwords, other data exposed to potential theft by security flaw

April 9, 2014 12:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery. The breakdown revealed this week affects the encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for emails, instant messaging and a wide range of electronic commerce.

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Physicist wins $1.3M tech prize for data storage

April 9, 2014 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

British-American physicist Stuart Parkin has won the 1 million-euro ($1.3 million) Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks. His discoveries enabled cloud services and the online distribution of social networks, music and film.

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Charter TV App goes live on iOS, Android and Kindle devices

April 8, 2014 4:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Today Charter Communications launched its Charter TV App, which provisions 130 live TV channels inside of subscribers’ homes. The app is now available for free downloading from Apple iTunes App Store, Amazon App store and Android Apps on Google Play. 

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Game on: Comcast, TWC file deal with FCC

April 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning Time Warner Cable and Comcast filed their applications and public interest statement with the Federal Communications Commission. Today’s FCC filing isn’t the first salvo in Comcast’s $45 billion bid to take over Time Warner Cable—last week both companies filed a Hart-Scott-Rodino notification with the Department of Justice, but it provides a game plan for answering critics’ concerns over the deal.

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Comcast AdDelivery teams up with Adstream

April 8, 2014 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Comcast AdDelivery service, which is part of Comcast Wholesale’s suite of services, has teamed up with Adstream to offer a global ad delivery platform. The two companies said the combined platform would provide advertisers a fast, efficient and reliable method for managing and distributing video assets over an international ad delivery network.

Pace hires former cable operator exec Henderson

April 8, 2014 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pace announced that it has hired Jim Henderson as president of its Pace International business unit. Henderson, who replaced Shane McCarthy, is now responsible for Pace’s International business in EMEA and APAC. As president, he will lead a team of over 500 people, delivering revenues of around $800 million.

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Shaw launches Family/Disney apps for kids

April 8, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has launched three new TV Everywhere apps for its Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct subscribers. The new Shaw Go Kids apps provide authenticated subscribers access to Family Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior programs anywhere, anytime on iOS and Android devices. 

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Nokia gets Chinese approval for Microsoft deal

April 8, 2014 1:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the 5.4 billion-euro ($7.3 billion) deal. The Finnish company says it expects the transaction to close by the end of the month, having acquired the necessary approvals from regulatory bodies including in the U.S., the European Union and other jurisdictions.

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Samsung's profit falls as smartphones get cheaper

April 8, 2014 12:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Declining smartphone prices hit profit at Samsung Electronics Co. for a second straight quarter. The consumer technology heavyweight said Tuesday that it expects operating income of about 8.4 trillion won ($8 billion) for the January-March quarter, down 4 percent from a year earlier.

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Imagine Communications snaps up Digital Rapids

April 7, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Imagine Communications announced this morning that it had acquired Digital Rapids for an undisclosed sum. Digital Rapids will add a range of IP and file-based media processing systems and software-based workflow management technologies to Imagine’s TV Everywhere war chest.

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NAB: RGB Networks bows ad insertion for multi-screen video

April 7, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RGB Networks has launched its CloudXstream ad insertion for multi-screen (AIM) and network DVR at the NAB Show in Las Vegas this week. The cloud-based platform provides a turnkey approach for the deployment of AIM or network DVR (nDVR) in an operator’s own data center or hosted private cloud. 

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Verizon buying Cincinnati Bell’s spectrum for $210M

April 7, 2014 12:29 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cincinnati Bell today announced it is winding down its wireless network operations and selling its spectrum licenses and other assets to Verizon Wireless in a deal valued at $210 million. The regional operator, headquartered in Cincinnati, will lease back its spectrum from Verizon for a period of time while it shuts down its network operations and assists its customers in moving to Verizon or another wireless provider.

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Vonage CEO to retire by the end of the year

April 7, 2014 12:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The CEO of the cloud-based communications company Vonage will retire by the end of the year. Marc Lefar, 50, has been with Vonage for six years. The company board has initiated a search for its new chief executive, and Lefar will assist. 

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Elemental Tech debuts software-only approach

April 5, 2014 7:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Elemental Technologies has revised its video processing software so that it runs on multiple processing architectures, including appliances, blade solutions, virtual machines and the cloud. Ericsson has endorsed the idea by adopting Elemental’s software to operate in its Ericsson Virtualized Encoding solution.   

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Nest disables feature on smoke alarms

April 4, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google subsidiary Nest Labs is disabling a feature on its smoke alarms due to the risk that owners could unintentionally turn off the device with the wave of a hand. Founder and CEO Tony Fadell said on the company's website, however, that a "unique combination of circumstances" could delay an alarm going off in the event of a real fire.

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