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Cable-Tec skeds session on RDK

October 8, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A slate of executives from Comcast, Liberty Global, Time Warner Cable, and RDK Management who are helping to lead the charge on the implementation of the RDK will discuss where the program is and where it’s going at a panel session at Cable-Tec Expo in two weeks.

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Belgacom to use Cisco routers in 4G upgrade

October 8, 2013 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Belgian company, which combines fixed, mobile information technology (IT), and media services, will use the Cisco Aggregated Services Router (ASR) 5000 to help increase bandwidth, improve speed, and add greater intelligence to its networks, as well as provide new broadband-based services.

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TWC stirs in live streaming of Scripps channels

October 8, 2013 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has added live streaming of Scripps Networks Interactive's channels, which include the Travel Channel and Food Network, to its TWC TV app. The Scripps channels are available on iOS and Android platforms, as well as the cable operator’s TWCTV.com web portal.

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Universal Sports Network sticks distribution agreement with Verizon

October 8, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With a new multi-year agreement in hand, Universal Sports Network’s programming is now available in HD to Verizon’s FiOS customers across the nation. Over the coming months, Verizon subscribers will also be able to watch Universal Sports Network, which includes Olympic, adventure and endurance sports programming, on a variety of portable devices outside of their homes.

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Alcatel-Lucent to slash 10,000 jobs

October 8, 2013 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA said Tuesday that it plans to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide over the next two years, the latest cost-cutting drive from the loss-making company. The job cuts are part of a restructuring plan to make the French-American company more competitive.

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Yahoo's new email mirrors Gmail

October 8, 2013 12:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo's free email service is becoming a bit more like Google's Gmail as part of its second makeover in less than a year. The similarities to Gmail probably aren't coincidental. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer helped design some of Gmail's features while she was a top executive at Google Inc.

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Time Warner Cable forks out $600 million for regional fiber network

October 7, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has expanded its fiber footprint in the Southeast by reaching an agreement to buy DukeNet Communications for $600 million in cash. Time Warner Cable reached the agreement, which included the repayment of debt, with Duke Energy Corporation and investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners, both of which had 50 percent stakes in DukeNet.

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AT&T updates app to deliver live streaming

October 7, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a recent update, AT&T’s U-verse App can now stream more than 100 live channels, including around 20 that can be viewed outside of subscribers’ homes. Live streaming is currently supported on iPhone and iPad devices, but a spokeswoman for AT&T said support for more devices and operating systems was forthcoming.

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In the media: Cisco, Google, SAP in the hunt for BlackBerry

October 7, 2013 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

BlackBerry is reportedly discussing selling itself whole or piecemeal with Google, Cisco and SAP.  Should any of those companies decided to bid on Blackberry, they will have to compete with the $4.7 billion offer that Fairfax Financial has already put forth to take BlackBerry private.

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Twitter tunes in to TV partnerships ahead of IPO

October 7, 2013 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As Twitter prepares for its initial public offering, the San Francisco-based company is also working hard to insert itself into the TV advertising economy. In recent months, the social networking company has forged partnerships with television content owners such as CBS, MTV and the NFL through a program it calls Amplify.

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AT&T CEO: Federal default the “height of irresponsibility”

October 4, 2013 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The federal government shutdown continues, the possibility of the U.S. going into default is getting closer. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson issued a strongly worded statement for any elected official who’s considering letting that happen.

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Suddenlink prepares for transition to IPv6

October 4, 2013 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink is using products from Incognito Software to  provision and activate new video, voice and data services on its network, as well as to identify and reclaim unused or stale IPv4 IP addresses, while also preparing its network for a gradual migration to IPv6.

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Verizon to beta new cloud storage & compute features

October 4, 2013 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The change from Verizon’s existing cloud-based computing service is that Verizon Cloud Compute allows customers, from small businesses to enterprises, to determine how much compute power they need and pay for only that. Previously, services had pre-set configurations for size and performance.

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Comcast nets more online streaming, VOD from CBS

October 4, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to an expanded deal, Comcast is now able to offer its subscribers more CBS video content both online and in video-on-demand. Comcast customers will now be able to tap into past seasons of CBS’ “The Good Wife” on its Xfinity Streampix service while keeping up with the current season via its Xfinity On Demand platform.

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All you need to know about Twitter

October 4, 2013 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter, a privately held company built on blurbs, has finally laid itself bare in documents that read more like a treatise than a tweet. The roughly 800-page filing Twitter Inc. released late Thursday on its way to an eagerly anticipated IPO contains tantalizing tidbits about its growth and its attempts to make money from its influential short messaging service.

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