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FTC sues Amazon over kids' app charges

July 11, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court. The move had been expected since last week, when Amazon said it wouldn't settle with the FTC over the charges. 

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Successful Strategies for Wi-Fi Deployments

July 9, 2014 7:27 pm | by CED | Webinars

Is there more to Wi-Fi than just raw silicon performance? Does the success of Wi-Fi rely more on controlling the interference, managing Wi-Fi airtime and ensuring quality of experience? This free, live, 60-minute webcast, sponsored by Arris and hosted by CED, will examine the additional elements that come into play in the performance of Wi-Fi connected devices.

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Ciena software brings SDN to WANs

July 9, 2014 4:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Supporting the move to software defined networking (SDN), Ciena has introduced a set of software products that includes a controller that enables network operators to virtualize their (WANs), along with three network applications. The company’s Agility portfolio is built using the OpenDaylight framework.

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Comcast Business wraps up Choice hospitality deal

July 9, 2014 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Choice Hotels International has picked Comcast Business as a qualified vendor for its triple play service offerings. Choice Hotels has more than 5,000 franchises located across the nation including brands such as Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotels & Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Hotels.

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Cox scores deal with SEC Networks

July 9, 2014 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With a little over a month left before the kickoff of the SEC Network, ESPN announced it had reached a carriage agreement with Cox Communications. Southeastern Conference college sports action will be available on multiple platforms and across Cox’s entire footprint when it launches. Aug. 14.

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Google picks 5 charities to create ideas for Glass

July 9, 2014 3:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has chosen five charities to develop ideas using Web-connected Google Glass to enhance their work. After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google announced five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers.

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Bell Labs achieves 10Gbps speeds on copper lines

July 9, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, is claiming a broadband speed record of 10 Gbps on traditional copper telephone lines using XG-FAST technology, a variant of the G.fast standard that is now being finalized. XG-FAST can also be used to deliver symmetrical 1 Gbps on copper.

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Buckeye Cablesystem's parent buys MSO in Mississippi

July 9, 2014 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Block Communications is buying MetroCast, which it will operate as a subsidiary. The combination of MetroCast and Buckeye Cablesystem would give Block control of roughly 176,000 subscribers. Metrocast is in the midst of an upgrade to all-digital.

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Comcast to kick off ‘People’s Hotlist’ voting campaign next week

July 9, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has come up with yet another way of engaging customers across its vast VOD library with next week’s kick off of “The People’s Hot list on Xfinity On Demand” campaign, which allows subscribers to vote for their favorite summer movies and shows. July 14 Comcast will post a mashup of the 200 "must-see" movies and TV shows from this summer.

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Charter bows 55 new Latino channels in New England

July 9, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications recently added its Latin View video tier in its New England footprint. With the addition of Latin View, Charter subscribers now have access to 55 digital channels, including 15 in HD, comprised of news, movies, sports, family and children’s programs from Mexico, Latin America and Spain. 

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GCI adds to TV Everywhere stable

July 9, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alaskan cable operator GCI has beefed up its TV Everywhere lineup with the recent additions of Fox Network, BTN2Go, MTV, VH1 and Spike on its GCI Go TV Everywhere service. Authenticated GCI TV subscribers can access the channels, at no additional cost, from any device, anywhere. GCI customers can also watch the Fox programming online through the programmer’s web portal and on Hulu through Fox apps on GCI Go.

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10-year sentence for ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

July 9, 2014 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Former New Orleans Mayor and Cox Communications executive Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan handed down the sentence Wednesday morning.

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Intel, Broadcom, Samsung set up yet another IoT standards group

July 8, 2014 1:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The new Open Interconnect Consortium will seek to define connectivity requirements to ensure the interoperability of billions of devices. OIC goes up against the AllSeen Alliance, whose members include Qualcomm, Microsoft, LG, Sharp, Panasonic, and CableLabs.

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Level 3 adds playout service for broadcasters

July 8, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Level 3 introduced asystem designed for broadcasters to use to create linear channels for secure distribution to cable headends and satellite TV network operations centers. Content owners provide their channel playlist and digital video files, and Level 3 will format and store those files until they’re ready for distribution over satellite or via fiber.

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FCC picks review teams for megamergers

July 8, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the members of the panel that will review two proposed mega-mergers: Comcast / Time Warner Cable / Charter, and AT&T / DirecTV. Those who watch such things infer from the choice of panelists that the FCC is not going to simply rubber-stamp either deal.

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