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Pandora listening up in face of iTunes Radio

November 5, 2013 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

People listened to Pandora's Internet radio service for a collective 1.47 billion hours in October, up 18 percent from a year ago, in the face of the launch iTunes Radio.  About a month after its mid-September launch, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that 20 million people had used iTunes Radio to listen to more than a billion songs.

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AT&T reveals Austin areas to get gigabit broadband

November 5, 2013 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

 The company has not yet announced pricing for the service. AT&T did say that the initial maximum speed for the network would be 300 Mbps, and that subscribers to the 300 Mbps tier would automatically get a free boost to 1 Gbps when AT&T accelerates the network to those speeds, sometime in 2014.

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Comcast spends to defeat Seattle mayor

November 4, 2013 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Hoping to help defeat the mayor of Seattle who is running for reelection, Comcast is making donations to political action committees supporting his rival. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is pursuing a public-private partnership to bring fiber-based broadband to one of his city’s neighborhoods.

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Microsoft in 20-year wind power deal for data center

November 4, 2013 12:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction on RES Americas' $200 million, 55-turbine wind power project, called Keechi, will begin in December and is expected to be operational by June 2015. Microsoft is buying all 430,000 megawatt hours of energy it produces — or enough to power up to 45,000 homes. That is about 5 percent to 10 percent of the company's total electricity consumption.

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Google invests $608 million in Finnish data center

November 4, 2013 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The center is one of its most advanced and efficient, with a high-tech cooling system that uses seawater from the Baltic Sea to reduce energy usage and help keep computers running smoothly. In 2015, the plant will be primarily powered by wind energy and there are plans to meet future energy needs with "100% renewable energy."

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NSA argues to keep hacked data

November 4, 2013 12:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The NSA's general counsel declined to comment about published details describing the U.S. tapping into fiber optic cables to extract Internet data about customers of Google and Yahoo without the knowledge of the technology companies, but insisted that the program was not an attempt to avoid the supervision of the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court.

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AT&T’s Digital Life service drops into six more markets

November 4, 2013 12:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T’s home automation and security service, which is called “Digital Life,” will soon be available in six new markets. Starting Friday, Digital Life, which made its debut earlier this year, will launch in Bridgeport, Conn., Colorado Springs, Colo., Memphis, Mobile, Ala., New Haven, Conn., and Pensacola, Fla.

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BlackBerry abandons sale process, CEO out

November 4, 2013 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry abandoned its sale process on Monday, and announced it will replace its chief executive. Fairfax, BlackBerry's largest shareholder with a 10 percent stake, said it won't buy the struggling smartphone company and take it private but said it and other investors will inject $1 billion as part of a revised investment proposal.

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Live From the Show: SCTE

November 1, 2013 3:50 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

CED's Stewart Schley talks with SCTE CEO Mark Dzuban about the cable industry's activities in power generation and disaster preparedness. Now that the cable industry has become a critical participant in disaster response, it has taken its mission of disaster preparation to a new level, including working through the SCTE to develop plans, tools, and technologies for energy generation and energy efficiency.

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Former Moto execs to exit Arris’ executive team

November 1, 2013 3:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris announced Friday afternoon that former Motorola Home executives Rob McLaughlin and John Burke were leaving the company at the end of the month to “pursue other opportunities.” McLaughlin is the leader of Arris’ North America sales and global marketing and communications team while  Burke is in charge of the company’s cloud solutions team and its corporate strategy and development team.

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FAA eases electronics restrictions as on-board broadband expands

November 1, 2013 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Passengers traveling on U.S.-based airline carriers will be able to use most electronic devices throughout their flights. The new rules do not apply to cell phones, whose use will continue to be prohibited on takeoff and landing, though airlines are gradually adding cellular service as a broadband connectivity option.

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Cable One begins whole-home service

November 1, 2013 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With this new Whole Home DVR service, Cable One customers can start watching a recorded show in one room, hit pause, and finish in another; record four HD shows at once with up to 650 hours of recording time; and search for content by title, actor, category or keyword using the Advanced TiVo Guide.

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TWC, BHN extend carriage deal with Sprout

November 1, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have extended their carriage agreement with children’s network Sprout. The deal brought Sprout into new cable operator markets, including Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Fla.; Syracuse, Rochester and Albany, N.Y.; Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas; Honolulu, Hawaii; Kansas City, Miss. and more.

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Suddenlink names Daleo VP of sales, Atlantic Region

November 1, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink announced it has hired Robert Daleo as vice president of sales and marketing for the company’s Atlantic Region. The region includes systems in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia. He will be responsible for all sales and marketing activities.

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RCN launches online backup service

November 1, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN is now offering a new online backup and file sharing service for $4.99 a month. In order to access the service, which is called RCNBackup, users need to subscribe to at least one of RCN’s video, data or voice offerings. 

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