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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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TWC broadens Wi-Fi reach in Austin

October 3, 2013 2:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable held a press event in Austin this morning to announce that its TWC WiFi service was available across 900 hotspots. Earlier this week, AT&T announced it would have a 1 Gbps service available next year in Austin, which also roughly coincides with a Google Fiber’s 1 Gig service launch in Austin.

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Internet for low-income families in KC area

October 3, 2013 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A consortium of nonprofit groups has been trying to bridge the digital divide by building what, for Kansas City, is a new kind of Internet service using microwave dishes and Wi-Fi systems. One that for now is absolutely free to the 1,000 people who already can get it in Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan.

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Fujitsu offering two new Ethernet platforms

October 3, 2013 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company designed the FlashWave 5310 and FlashWave 5320 Ethernet Services Platforms to meet the demand for low-cost delivery of Ethernet Private Line (EPL), Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) and Ethernet LAN-based services for business and mobile backhaul applications.

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The politics of Cox's FlareWatch

October 3, 2013 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The margins on the low-cost, IP-based TV package might have been half what they were on Cox's comparable standard video package, but was that why the MSO pulled the plug on the service after only three months? Even after announcing FlareWatch was only an experiment?

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Suddenlink snags 4 Texas systems from Northland

October 3, 2013 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Suddenlink announced this morning that it had signed a definitive agreement to purchase four systems in Texas from Northland Communications. The Northland systems operate in and around Gun Barrel City, Flint, and New Caney, Texas. Financial details of the acquisition weren’t available.

Comcast Business blends in AnyMeeting to Upware

October 3, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business announced this morning that it has added web conferencing vendor AnyMeeting into its cloud-based Upware virtual marketplace. Comcast Business’ Upware, which made its debut near the first of the year, is a virtual marketplace that was designed to serve the needs of small and medium-sized (SMBs) businesses.

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Cisco friends Facebook

October 3, 2013 12:07 pm | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. said Wednesday that it has struck a deal with Facebook Inc. to help businesses better target consumers using mobile devices. Under the arrangement, consumers visiting a store, hotel or other business using the Cisco-Facebook service are given the option to "check in" with Facebook when they use their mobile phone to access the Internet. 

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WD offers cloud storage devices for the home

October 2, 2013 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

WD is introducing a line of residential storage devices that will allow users to access their digital content – video, music, data – from PCs, Macs, and iOS and Android handhelds – from anywhere else with an Internet connection. My Cloud devices are available in 2 TB and 3 TB models, with a 4 TB version due in November.

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Cable One blacks out Turner stations

October 2, 2013 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cable One has just removed several Turner Network channels, and Media General blacked out programming from Dish Network subscribers in 18 markets. With two months to go in the year, TV consumers have already been subjected to 101 blackouts in 2013, versus 91 in 2012 and 51 in 2011.

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Comcast Business pitches Ethernet for Oakland A’s

October 2, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Oakland Athletics will head into Friday’s night’s playoff game with the Detroit Tigers with bandwidth to spare thanks to a recent upgrade by Comcast Business. Comcast Business outfitted Oakland’s O.co Coliseum, which also houses the team’s executive and administrative offices, with a fiber-based Ethernet connection.

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Charter hires Hoehn-Saric as new policy exec

October 2, 2013 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications has hired Alexander Hoehn-Saric as its senior vice president, government affairs. Hoehn-Saric most recently served as policy director in the office of Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. 

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Kramer new chairman of Envivio’s board

October 2, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video vendor Envivio announced this morning that Terry Kramer was appointed as the chairman of the company’s board of directors. Kramer, a telecommunications executive and former United States ambassador for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), has served on Envivio’s board for two years.

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Now at your library: Streaming movies, music

October 2, 2013 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a new source to stream movies and other digital content, and it's not a tech company with tens of thousands of titles. It's something more familiar, and might even be just down the street: the public library. Hoopla launched in full in May with 20 library systems.

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Scribd looks to become the Netflix of books

October 1, 2013 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The introduction of an e-book subscription service that will boast thousands of titles published by HarperCollins before July 2012. HarperCollins, which is owned by News Corp., becomes the first of the five largest U.S. publishers to join a service vying to create an alternative to buying individual titles.

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