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Alcatel-Lucent to slash 10,000 jobs

October 8, 2013 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA said Tuesday that it plans to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide over the next two years, the latest cost-cutting drive from the loss-making company. The job cuts are part of a restructuring plan to make the French-American company more competitive.

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Yahoo's new email mirrors Gmail

October 8, 2013 12:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo's free email service is becoming a bit more like Google's Gmail as part of its second makeover in less than a year. The similarities to Gmail probably aren't coincidental. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer helped design some of Gmail's features while she was a top executive at Google Inc.

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Time Warner Cable forks out $600 million for regional fiber network

October 7, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has expanded its fiber footprint in the Southeast by reaching an agreement to buy DukeNet Communications for $600 million in cash. Time Warner Cable reached the agreement, which included the repayment of debt, with Duke Energy Corporation and investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners, both of which had 50 percent stakes in DukeNet.

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AT&T updates app to deliver live streaming

October 7, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a recent update, AT&T’s U-verse App can now stream more than 100 live channels, including around 20 that can be viewed outside of subscribers’ homes. Live streaming is currently supported on iPhone and iPad devices, but a spokeswoman for AT&T said support for more devices and operating systems was forthcoming.

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In the media: Cisco, Google, SAP in the hunt for BlackBerry

October 7, 2013 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

BlackBerry is reportedly discussing selling itself whole or piecemeal with Google, Cisco and SAP.  Should any of those companies decided to bid on Blackberry, they will have to compete with the $4.7 billion offer that Fairfax Financial has already put forth to take BlackBerry private.

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Twitter tunes in to TV partnerships ahead of IPO

October 7, 2013 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As Twitter prepares for its initial public offering, the San Francisco-based company is also working hard to insert itself into the TV advertising economy. In recent months, the social networking company has forged partnerships with television content owners such as CBS, MTV and the NFL through a program it calls Amplify.

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AT&T CEO: Federal default the “height of irresponsibility”

October 4, 2013 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The federal government shutdown continues, the possibility of the U.S. going into default is getting closer. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson issued a strongly worded statement for any elected official who’s considering letting that happen.

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Suddenlink prepares for transition to IPv6

October 4, 2013 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink is using products from Incognito Software to  provision and activate new video, voice and data services on its network, as well as to identify and reclaim unused or stale IPv4 IP addresses, while also preparing its network for a gradual migration to IPv6.

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Verizon to beta new cloud storage & compute features

October 4, 2013 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The change from Verizon’s existing cloud-based computing service is that Verizon Cloud Compute allows customers, from small businesses to enterprises, to determine how much compute power they need and pay for only that. Previously, services had pre-set configurations for size and performance.

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Comcast nets more online streaming, VOD from CBS

October 4, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to an expanded deal, Comcast is now able to offer its subscribers more CBS video content both online and in video-on-demand. Comcast customers will now be able to tap into past seasons of CBS’ “The Good Wife” on its Xfinity Streampix service while keeping up with the current season via its Xfinity On Demand platform.

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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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