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Photo hacking rekindles digital privacy worries

September 3, 2014 11:28 am | by Associated Press | Comments

As the celebrity photo-hacking scandal has made clear, privacy isn't what it used to be. Whether famous or seemingly anonymous, people from all walks of life put all sorts of things online or into cloud-based storage systems, from vital financial information to the occasional nude photo. Periodic cases of hacking fuel outrage, but there's no retreat from digital engagement or any imminent promise of guaranteed privacy.

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Ericsson trials LTE broadcast in Poland

September 2, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Ericsson and Polkomtel said they were successful with a test of LTE broadcast technology. The trial was conducted on August 30, when the operator streamed the opening game of the 2014 World Volleyball Championship between Poland and Serbia to 300 selected guests and journalists at Warsaw's National Stadium.

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Envivio takes multi-screen to the cloud

September 2, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Envivio is calling its virtualized cloud-based SaaS video solution Nuage, French for cloud. It operates as a service on private, operator-owned networks, on the public cloud, or in hybrid environments. The system will handle video from content acquisition to delivery to the consumer, on any screen.

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AT&T files suit against Cox for patent infringement

September 2, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

On Friday AT&T filed a patent lawsuit against Cox Communications alleging that the cable operator and over 30 of its regional systems had infringed on eight of its patents. The patents were related to DVRs and set-top boxes as well as managing VoIP and data services.

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Report: 84% of households subscribe to pay-TV service

September 2, 2014 12:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

A recent report by Leichtman Research Group (LRG) found that about 84 percent of U.S. households nationwide subscribed to some form of pay-TV service. The report said that with an increase in occupied housing, penetration of pay-TV among residential households had waned from its peak in 2010 following the digital transition.

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Netflix unveils new way to share recommendations

September 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Netflix is giving its Internet video subscribers a more discreet way to recommend movies and TV shows to their Facebook friends after realizing most people don't want to share their viewing habits with large audiences. Until now, Netflix subscribers linking the service to their Facebook accounts automatically disclosed everything they were watching with a potentially wide-reaching range of people. 

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Cleveland rocks server farms

September 2, 2014 11:57 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information.

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Envivio sets up cloud multi-screen service for Chinese company

August 28, 2014 4:15 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Beijing Gehua CATV Network is preparing a cloud-based multi-screen delivery service that will rely on transcoding technology from Envivio. BGCTV will use Envivio Muse encoders to help transmit 150 SD channels and 50 HD video channels to connected TVs, PCs, smartphones, iPads, and other devices.

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GCI locks up 7-year agreement with Disney

August 28, 2014 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

GCI, Alaska’s largest cable operator, has inked a seven-year agreement with Disney networks, a lineup that includes ESPN and ABC Family channels. The deal, which was negotiated by the National Cable Television Cooperative, allows GCI to continue broadcasting 16 sports, news and entertainment channels into 2021 without interruption and adds products like the SEC Network and on-demand programming.

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Suddenlink launches WatchESPN

August 28, 2014 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Suddenlink Communications is now offering its subscribers the WatchESPN app and access to ESPN’s web portal to view live sports coverage anytime. Earlier this month, Suddenlink and ESPN parent The Walt Disney Company announced a multi-year distribution agreement, which included access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN News, ESPN Deportes, the Longhorn Network and the SEC Network.

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CenturyLink opens doors on 2nd Toronto area data center

August 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

CenturyLink held a grand opening earlier this week for its second data center in the Toronto area and fourth overall in Canada. CenturyLink said the new data center, which is called “TR3,” was built to support up to 5 megawatts of IT load and 100,000 square feet of raised floor space. 

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Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing?

August 28, 2014 1:50 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It's a great idea — but it doesn't quite work. Though many companies are trying to make "visual search" a reality, this seemingly simple notion remains elusive.

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Energy-efficient set-tops have saved $168M in electric bills

August 28, 2014 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The movement to make cable CPE more energy-efficient has paid off, saving U.S. cable customers as much as $168 million in total on their energy bills. New set-top boxes use approximately 14 percent less energy than those previously used by service providers.

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Exfo unveils monitoring platform designed for virtual networking

August 28, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Network trends have expanded the scale and complexity of the network beyond what legacy monitoring solutions can handle. Exfo's new platform is based on a distributed polling system the company said is able to monitor millions of network elements in real time.

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Time Warner Cable offers mea culpa on outage

August 28, 2014 11:38 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable took to its blog page to offer more information on its footprint-wide broadband outage yesterday, and also apologized for the incident. The outage, which lasted about an hour and knocked out service to Time Warner Cable’s 11.4 million data subscribers, occurred after the cable operator conducted overnight network maintenance. 

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