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Charging Netflix at issue in open-Internet case

January 16, 2014 12:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Will broadband providers start charging Internet services such as Netflix to deliver the massive amounts of data that streaming video and other content require? A court ruling this week gives providers such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon more flexibility to do that, even though immediate changes are unlikely.

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Apple agrees to refund $32.5M for kids' purchases

January 16, 2014 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Plenty of parents have been there — handing over the iPhone or iPad to a child while waiting in the doctor's office, standing in line at Starbucks or sitting in the car for a long road trip with the family. Too often, parents were caught unaware that by entering their password they were authorizing purchases, the FTC said Wednesday in announcing that Apple Inc. had agreed to refund at least $32.5 million to unsuspecting parents.

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Carlson Wireless okayed to market white spaces system

January 15, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Designed using software-defined architecture and dynamic spectrum sharing, RuralConnect transmits in unused frequencies in the UHF TV band (470-698 MHz). The system uses the Spectrum Bridge database to determine what frequencies are unused in any given broadcast area.

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Dimetis and Ateme announce strategic partnership

January 15, 2014 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The integration of the Dimetis BOSS Link Manager with the Ateme high-fidelity encoding/decoding platform creates a low-latency, high definition solution for broadcast content. The two companies believe the combined solution will be of special interest to companies transmitting live content, for example sports broadcasters.

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Suddenlink picks NetCracker for customer management

January 15, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NetCracker Technology announced this morning that Suddenlink Communications has signed on to use its Customer Management and CRM platform. NetCracker was already the primary hosted billing platform provider for Suddenlink, but NetCracker has expanded that relationship by installing its web-based Customer Management and CRM offering.

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ThinkAnalytics, SeaChange forge global reseller agreement

January 15, 2014 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Search and recommendation vendor ThinkAnalytics and SeaChange International announced this morning that they had signed a global reseller agreement. With the deal in place, ThinkAnalytics has integrated its search and recommendation engine into SeaChange’s Adrenalin backoffice platform.

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Harris Broadcast wraps up deal to buy Imagine Communications

January 15, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Harris Broadcast announced this morning that it had completed its purchase of Imagine Communications. The deal brought Imagine’s adaptive bit rate (ABR) technology into Harris’ product portfolio. Financial terms of the deal weren’t released.

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Completel adds SIP trunking using AudioCode SBCs

January 15, 2014 12:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Completel is using AudioCodes session border controllers (SBC) to link its enterprise communications platform with a new SIP trunking service. The French company has deployed AudioCodes Mediant 4000 SBCs in a geographically redundant configuration to connect its already deployed Enterprise Telephony and Unified Communications (UC) platforms and Completel's SIP trunk service.

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Huawei rejects reports of security weakness

January 15, 2014 12:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese tech giant Huawei on Wednesday rejected suggestions its telecoms equipment is vulnerable to hacking and forecast a rise in 2013 profit of nearly 50 percent. Chief financial officer Cathy Meng rejected as "groundless" reports that Huawei equipment might be more vulnerable to security threats than telecoms infrastructure made by other companies.

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Charter calls Time Warner Cable a 'turnaround project'

January 15, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Charter Communications executives labeled Time Warner Cable a "turnaround project" suffering from a failed strategy as they urged Time Warner Cable shareholders to prod management to begin talks with Charter on its buyout offer. The criticism was leveled Tuesday after Charter revealed details of its proposed bid for Time Warner Cable. The offer would create the third-largest pay TV provider in the country.

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SCTE promotes Schankel to VP

January 14, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The SCTE announced that Bill Schankel has been promoted to Vice President, Marketing, with responsibility for driving an expanded agenda of marketing, communications and business development activities for the industry’s leading provider of technology training, certification and information.

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Gun shy

January 14, 2014 1:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

If there’s anybody who knows how to get screwed in a merger, it’s Time Warner Cable. TWC was a pawn in AOL’s acquisition of Time Warner, among the most disastrous mergers in history. Time Warner subsequently used TWC as a piggy bank it could bust open, emptying TWC of cash when it spun off the MSO.

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Appeals Court knocks down net neutrality rules

January 14, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC lacks the authority to impose many of the network neutrality rules it set down to guide the behavior of broadband providers, thereby invalidating those rules. The Federal Communications Commission can, however, go back and devise a better argument for its authority to restore the negated rules.

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Google to buy Nest Labs for $3.2B

January 14, 2014 12:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The search engine operator was an early investor in Nest Labs. It says the company's Nest Learning Thermostat has been a "consistent best-seller." The thermostat, which retails for $249, is designed to learn how inhabitants like their homes to be heated and cooled. Once it learns the consumers' preferences, it automatically adjusts the temperature on its own.

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DirecTV customers lose The Weather Channel

January 14, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

About 20 million DirecTV customers nationwide lost The Weather Channel because of a dispute over fees between the channel and the satellite service. The two companies pointed fingers at each other late Monday as a midnight EST deadline for renegotiation of carriage fees paid by DirecTV to The Weather Channel passed without an agreement.

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