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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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Live From the Show: SeaChange International

October 31, 2013 8:56 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

SeaChange VP of Strategic Marketing Alan Hoff explains how the new Cloud Adrenalin product is particularly appropriate for smaller companies looking to fend off over-the-top competition with a multi-screen product they can deploy quickly and economically.

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Live From the Show: Ciena

October 31, 2013 8:43 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Ciena just completed a field trial with Comcast, in which it carried live traffic on a 16 QAM channel at 1 terabit per second (Tbps), transmitting data on a 1,000-kilometer path from Virginia to North Carolina, without having to regenerate the signal.

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Live From the Show: RGB Networks

October 31, 2013 8:21 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

RGB Networks introduced a new service that enables its customers to develop and implement their own cloud-based services, relying on RGB expertise gained from providing products that include cloud-based nDVR and cloud-based multi-screen digital ad insertion.

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Live From the Show: All Systems Broadband

October 31, 2013 7:58 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

All Systems Broadband COO Sean Fernandez talks with Stewart Schley about his company's transformation over the last few years to develop fiber optic component expertise. The company now has a broad product line, including a set of passive components, that can be installed in a modular fashion, and designed to be small in order to fit into increasingly crowded headends and cabinets.

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