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Magic Leap hires former Vevo CEO as content chief

July 1, 2015 1:30 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

According to a press release, Caraeff will be responsible for “development, operations and business management of Magic Leap's cloud-based ecosystem and media network.”

AT&T, CBS reach distribution agreement

July 1, 2015 1:26 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T and CBS reached a new distribution agreement, and AT&T will continue broadcasting CBS programming including Showtime to its U-verse customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The companies . . .

OpenDaylight releases third version of its open SDN software

July 1, 2015 12:32 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The OpenDaylight Project has released the third edition of its open source platform. OpenDaylight Lithium was developed by the Project's Integration Group, which tested end user-defined use cases and . . .


FBI investigating coordinated attacks on Wave Broadband service

July 1, 2015 10:28 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

A Wave Broadband spokesperson told USA Today that an unspecified amount of Sacramento-area customers were bumped offline...


Briefs: CenturyLink, AT&T, SmarDTV, BT

July 1, 2015 9:51 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Jason Bobb has been appointed as CenturyLink's vice president of global sales for the U.S. East region. As vice president Bobb will be responsible for increasing market share and selling hybrid IT . . .  

Cisco to buy security company OpenDNS for $635 million

July 1, 2015 9:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OpenDNS, based in San Francisco, makes online software that protects devices and computers at companies and organizations against viruses and malware.

Disney picks McCarthy as CFO; names Mayer as strategy chief

July 1, 2015 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Walt Disney Co. also promoted Kevin Mayer to the newly created position of chief strategy officer, a nod to his deep involvement in the purchase of...

Study: Pay-TV video subscriber growth drops to 10-year low

June 30, 2015 2:28 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

During the first quarter of this year the 17 largest cable and telephone companies added less than 10,000 net video subscribers compared to a 250,000 subscriber gain during last year's first quarter. . .


Apple launches music service today

June 30, 2015 11:58 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor | News | Comments

Potential customers are being offered a three-month trial subscription. After that, subscribers can choose between a $9.99 per-user charge, or a...

Union sues feds over hack, says agency had ample warning

June 30, 2015 11:53 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The largest federal employee union filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the federal personnel office, its leaders and one of its contractors...

DOJ requests more information regarding Arris-Pace deal

June 30, 2015 11:51 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Department of Justice is requesting more information from Arris and Pace as it continues its review of the deal. Once all requested information is submitted by the companies the waiting period . . .

Microsoft hands off part of ad business to AOL

June 30, 2015 10:25 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is handing off some its digital advertising business to AOL and selling its street-image mapping operation to Uber...      

Briefs: TE Connectivity, Wyplay, Home Gateway Initiative, The Bunker, Aryaka

June 30, 2015 10:17 am | by CED staff | News | Comments

TE Connectivity has a new line of fiber distribution hubs. The FDH 4000 has a weatherproof seal while the FDH 3000 provides up to 48 splitter slots. TE will show the new hubs at this year's Fiber . . .

Analyst: HBO Now may already have 1 million subscribers

June 30, 2015 10:10 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

HBO recently announced that HBO Now will be coming to Android devices this summer.                                                 


AT&T, DirecTV extend merger termination date, expect approval “shortly”

June 30, 2015 9:46 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

According to an SEC filing, AT&T expects the merger will be “consummated shortly.”                                                   



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