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BlackBerry shakeup continues as COO, CFO depart

November 25, 2013 12:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry's interim chief executive has shaken up BlackBerry's management team in a move seen as prelude to him taking the top job himself. Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear and Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben, both hired by recently ousted CEO Thorsten Heins, will leave the struggling smartphone maker.

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Apple acquires Israel's PrimeSense

November 25, 2013 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has acquired Israel-based motion technology company PrimeSense for an undisclosed sum. PrimeSense spokeswoman Kayla Egbert confirmed the deal, but says the company isn't revealing additional details. Founded in 2005, PrimeSense makes chips used in three-dimensional sensing products.

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Midcontinent signs on to provide home security services

November 22, 2013 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Midcontinent has joined the Comporium Security, Monitoring and Automation (SMA) dealer program. iControl has become the cable industry’s go-to security systems company, with a customer roster that includes Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Rogers Cable, Bright House Networks, Bell Aliant, Swisscom, and Comporium itself.

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Media: Comcast mulls offer on TWC, Charter gears up for bid

November 22, 2013 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Charter Communications and Liberty Media’s John Malone are reportedly lining up funding for a bid to buy Time Warner Cable, Comcast is checking into the possible regulatory hurdles it could face should it choose to purse the nation’s second-largest cable operator. CNBC reported that Comcast was asking for guidance on anti-trust and other potentia telecommunications issues that would be associated with a bid for TWC.

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Dish updates Hopper to include HDMI-CEC

November 22, 2013 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With its latest update to Hopper, Dish Network is laying claim to being the first service provider to implement HDMI-CED (consumer electronic control) to help viewers control their TVs. The fifth software update this year for Dish’s Hopper whole-home DVR platform was codenamed “Denver,” and included some additional features such as improved navigation and search interfaces.

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Jury orders Samsung to pay Apple $290 million

November 22, 2013 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley jury added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is on the hook for to $930 million. The verdict covers 13 older Samsung devices that a previous jury found were among 26 Samsung products that infringed Apple patents.

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FCC Chair pushing for phone networks to go all-IP

November 22, 2013 12:38 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Tom Wheeler said that the Technology Transitions Policy Task Force—assembled by former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski at the behest of AT&T and NTCA—will present a status update at the Dec. 12 Commission meeting. With that research in hand, Wheeler expects the FCC by January to draft an order concerning experimentation, data collection, and policy, legal and technical outlines for the IP transition agenda.

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TWC hotspot network now open to Cox customers

November 21, 2013 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cox Communications customers can now link in to Time Warner Cable’s Wi-Fi hotspot network, pursuant to the roaming arrangement among major MSOs announced earlier this year called Cable Wi-Fi. Bright House, Cablevision/Optimum, Comcast/Xfinity, Cox and Time Warner Cable formed Cable Wi-Fi as a vehicle for creating a much wider network of Wi-Fi hotspots.

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Xbox One a gateway, not just a game machine

November 21, 2013 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft wants you to think of Xbox One as more than a game machine. You can use it to watch movies on Netflix and Hulu Plus. You can hook it up to your cable box to watch live TV. You can Skype your grandma and share family photos through the SkyDrive storage service.

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Comcast, Verizon score MEF awards

November 21, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Metro Ethernet Forum announced today that Comcast and Verizon were the big winners in its Carrier Ethernet Awards for the North American region. In the “Best Carrier Ethernet Business Application” category, Comcast Business topped fellow finalists AT&T and Level 3.

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HBO Go tees up Chromecast

November 21, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

HBO Go’s TV Everywhere service is now available on Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter. With shows such as “Game of Thrones,” HBO Go has proven to be one of  the more popular streaming services for authenticated subscribers while the $35 Chromecast device has also been well received since it hit the market this past summer.

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SCTE Foundation establishes grants honoring Oakes

November 21, 2013 12:32 pm | News | Comments

The Catherine Oakes Memorial Leadership Scholarship for Women will recognize and reward women who currently are or aspire to become cable engineering or operations professionals.  The scholarship may be used toward registration in an industry development program or an executive education program.

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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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