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Google's 'Hummingbird' hatches new search formula

September 27, 2013 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has quietly retooled the closely guarded formula running its Internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by Web surfers. The overhaul came as part of an update called "Hummingbird" that Google Inc. has gradually rolled out in the past month without disclosing the modifications.

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BlackBerry posts loss, steep revenue drop for 2Q

September 27, 2013 11:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry said Friday that it is committed to completing a series of major changes quickly after posting a nearly billion-dollar loss and a 45 percent drop in revenue for the second quarter. The troubled smartphone company reported a loss of $965 million and revenue of $1.6 billion

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Customer satisfaction data study: Verizon tops in three regions

September 26, 2013 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon scored the highest marks for customer satisfaction in the East, West and South Regions in the latest J.D. Power customer satisfaction data study while Wide Open West (WOW) took top honors in the North Central Region. The J.D. Power 2013 U.S. Residential Internet Service Provider Satisfaction study also found that customers who upgraded their data tiers to faster premium tiers were satisfied with the results.

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Multi-screen for the masses: thePlatform bows Virtual TV Framework

September 26, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ThePlatform, which is owned by Comcast, has rolled up the lessons learned from its previous deployments into its Virtual TV Framework, which lets service providers replicate their 24-hour, live, linear programming and video on demand (VOD) television services via the cloud.

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New Broadcom Chips Go In-Car with 5G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

September 26, 2013 12:42 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Broadcom is taking its chips on the road, with today's announcement of a new line of wireless chips for use in automotive infotainment applications. The new chips feature the latest in 11AC/5G Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart Ready technology on a single chip.

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BlackBerry cancels conference call with analysts

September 26, 2013 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry has cancelled Friday's conference call with analysts to discuss its latest earnings report. The troubled smartphone company said Wednesday evening that in light of Fairfax's letter of intent to buy BlackBerry, the call has been cancelled.

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South Dakota Dish customers losing Fox TV

September 26, 2013 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish viewers in eastern South Dakota were to lose Fox TV shows on the satellite provider Wednesday unless it resolves a contract dispute with the local network affiliate. The spat won't affect off-air customers of KTTW-TV in Sioux Falls and those who receive Fox through another provider. 

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Comcast, TWC deflate consolidation hopes

September 25, 2013 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast doesn’t appear to have any specific plans to get involved should the cable industry engage in a new round of consolidation, according to its CFO. His opposite number at Time Warner Cable reiterated what that company’s been saying all along about getting involved in consolidation: only if it makes financial sense.

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Mediacom picks Qwilt for online video delivery

September 25, 2013 12:34 pm | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has deployed Qwilt’s online video delivery platform, which also included improved quality of experience (QoE) for its subscribers. Founded in 2010 by industry veterans from Cisco and Juniper, Qwilt is backed by Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Marker and Redpoint Ventures.

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FourthWall scores personalization patent

September 25, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

FourthWall Media announced this morning that the U.S. Patent office had approved a patent for its broadband device personalization technology. The technology in the patent uses proprietary methods to analyze consumer on-device behaviors.

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AT&T puts finishing touch on 45 Mbps rollout

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

On Sunday AT&T will wrap up the deployment of its 45 Mbps down, 6 Mbps up data service with launches in five more states. AT&T’s U-verse High Speed Internet Power is slated to roll out to residential and business customers in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

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Product Video Showcase: TV Anytime with Envivio

September 24, 2013 5:28 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Envivio’s VP of Solutions, Arnaud Perrier, talks about the benefits of cloud TV and demonstrates TV Anytime functionalities using Envivio Halo network media processor.

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$4.7 billion bid for Blackberry

September 24, 2013 1:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced that it has agreed to sell itself for $4.7 billion to a consortium ed by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, which plans on taking the Canadian OEM private.  BlackBerry shareholders would receive $9 in cash for each share of BlackBerry that they hold.

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C Spire plans fiber to the home network

September 24, 2013 1:44 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Regional carrier C Spire, formerly known as Cellular South, Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to move forward with the deployment of 1 Gbps ultra high-speed fiber to the home.  Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire Wireless, said in a statement that to unlock "the potential of broadband for the communities we serve requires taking optical fiber all the way to their door.” 

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Cisco introduces network gear for "Internet of Everything"

September 24, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco announced a new family of what it’s calling network fabric products based on the new network processor chip that the company announced two weeks ago. The systems in the family are designed to handle a network that can support trillions of M2M transactions.  BSkyB (Sky), KDDI and Telstra are deploying the NCS. 

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