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LG looking into claim smart TVs grab user data

November 21, 2013 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said it is investigating a claim that some of its smart TVs send information on home viewing habits back to the company without consent. The investigation comes after Jason Huntley, a 45-year-old IT consultant in Britain, detailed in his blog how his LG smart TV logged the channels he was watching and sent the data to LG.

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NSA hacking traces back to executive order by Reagan

November 20, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent reports that the National Security Agency secretly broke into communications on Yahoo and Google overseas have technology companies, privacy advocates and even national security proponents calling for a re-examination of Reagan's order and other intelligence laws. Experts suggest a legislative update is long overdue to clear up what Electronic Frontier Foundation legal director Cindy Cohn calls "lots of big gray areas."

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C Spire signs up another city for FTTH

November 20, 2013 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The city of Clinton, Miss., and C Spire have signed a franchise agreement for the communications company's new broadband fiber home Internet service. Thirty-three cities submitted applications after C Spire unveiled its Fiber to the Home program in late September. The franchise agreements have to be executed by both the cities and the telecommunications company before installation of the fiber can begin.

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TiVo lines up Blue Ridge for whole-home DVR

November 20, 2013 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Blue Ridge use the TiVo’s T6 DVR, a model with six tuners. It will also rely on TiVo's cloud-based service, HD set-top boxes for non-DVR households (TiVo Preview), as well as the TiVo Mini, the TiVo Stream, a TiVo web portal, and TiVo mobile applications for iOS and Android mobile devices.

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Product Showcase: VeEX | Business Services Solutions

November 20, 2013 1:24 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

VeEX products helps cable operators ensure service reliability and verify SLA compliance with their business services. The company's tools cover access, Metro, core, and transport testing. A single system, VeEX's handy and versatile CX350, can be used in installation, service verification, and network maintenance.

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Product Showcase: VeEX | MSO Solutions

November 20, 2013 1:01 pm | Videos | Comments

VeEX is now a multinational test & measurement corporation with operations in every major market. The company's product portfolio includes comprehensive test and monitoring solutions that cover the entire cable plant from headend to home. And with the recent acquisition of Sunrise Telecom, VeEX has expanded its scope with an array of products used in the telecom market.

Rogers expands, re-names data center service

November 20, 2013 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications announced this morning that it had peeled off its data center business into a new operating unit, which is called Rogers Data Centres. Rogers Data Centres launched today with a newly expanded data centre in Edmonton and confirmed plans to open a Western Canada flagship data center in Calgary in January.

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Study: Tier 1 mobile operators expect big boost from Wi-Fi offload

November 20, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent study on the Wi-Fi hotspot market, tier 1 mobile operators expect 22 percent of all additional data capacity added during the 2013-2014 timeframe to come from Wi-Fi offload. By 2018, Wi-Fi offload was forecast to contribute 20 percent of additional mobile data capacity plus a further 21 percent will come from small cells with integrated Wi-Fi.

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Harmonic snags two Cisco execs

November 20, 2013 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Harmonic has hired former Cisco sales executives Frank Montalto and Spencer Hodson. Montalto is now Harmonic’s regional vice president for North American cable and telco while Hodson joined the company as vice president of sales strategy, operations, and enablement.

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Sling Media pops up on Roku

November 19, 2013 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sling Media’s latest version of its client (SlingPlayer 3.0) and the SlingPlayer channel on the Roku streaming platform are both available for download immediately. A sling app for Windows 8.1 is scheduled to be released in December. The new version of SlingPlayer are also now available for iPhone and Android smartphones.

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Broadband adoption slows in Q3

November 19, 2013 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The seventeen largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S. added about 520,000 Internet subscribers in the third quarter of 2013. That brought their aggregate total to about 83.6 million subscribers. The top MSOs attracted about 440,000 of the new subscribers.

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Bright House Networks chalks up customer win with university

November 19, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks Business Solutions has landed a deal to provide its services to Florida Polytechnic University, which is slated to open its doors next fall. As part of the agreement, Bright House Networks will provide Florida Polytechnic University, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) school, metro Ethernet, dedicated Internet Access, hosted voice and video services.

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Cable Center picks 6 for Hall of Fame

November 19, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning the Cable Center announced the newest members to its Cable Hall of Fame. The six inductees will be honored during the annual Cable Hall of Fame Celebration, which will be held in conjunction with The Cable Show in Los Angeles on April 29.

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Yahoo vows to encrypt all its users' personal data

November 19, 2013 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo is expanding its efforts to protect its users' online activities from prying eyes by encrypting all the communications and other information flowing into the Internet company's data centers around the world. The commitment announced Monday by Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer follows a recent Washington Post report that the National Security Agency has been hacking into the communications lines of the data centers.

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Google to pay $17M to settle Safari privacy case

November 19, 2013 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is paying $17 million to 37 states and the District of Columbia to make amends for the Internet search leader's snooping on millions of people using Safari Web browsers in 2011 and 2012. The settlement announced Monday stems from a technological loophole that enabled Google's DoubleClick advertising network to shadow unwitting Safari users.

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