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Clarity Telecom wraps up deal with WOW!

October 10, 2014 11:53 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Clarity Telecom and corporate parent Pamilico Capital announced this week that they had completed their $262 million cash deal to buy broadband systems and assets, which are located in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa from WOW! Clarity said it would transition the platform over from WOW! in the coming months and recast the operation as Vast Broadband.

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EU antitrust body OKs Liberty Global's Dutch deal

October 10, 2014 11:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust authority has granted conditional approval to Liberty Global PLC's proposed 10 billion-euro ($13 billion) deal to fully take over Dutch cable operator Ziggo NV. The EU Commission said Friday the acquisition may go ahead provided Liberty sells one pay TV channel and changes its broadcaster contracts to ensure it won't abuse its market position to undermine competition.

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Microsoft CEO apologizes for comments on women

October 10, 2014 11:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologized Thursday night and said he was wrong for saying that women don't need to ask for a raise and should just trust the system to pay them well. Nadella was blasted on Twitter and in blog posts for his comments, which were made earlier Thursday at an event for women in computing. 

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Rentrak buying Kantar's U.S. operations for $98M

October 9, 2014 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The purchase includes Kantar Media’s customer contracts and customer relationships involved in U.S. television measurement. No Kantar Media TV measurement or global development capabilities outside of the United States are affected by this transaction.

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TWC shareholders OK deal with Comcast; FCC proposes review compromise

October 9, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable shareholders have approved the company’s takeover by Comcast. Meanwhile, the FCC suggested a compromise with the companies that would encourage them to hand over documents the Commission wants for its review of the acquisition.

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Exclusive: TWC enables seamless Passpoint connectivity on Wi-Fi apps

October 9, 2014 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has developed an upgrade to its WiFi Finder and My TWC apps that makes connections to its TWCWiFi-Passpoint enabled hotspots more seamless. With the update, Time Warner Cable subscribers sitting at home can now access upgraded versions of the apps that proactively prompt users, both current and new, to create and save TWCWiFi-Passpoint enabled Wi-Fi profiles on their Android and iOS devices. 

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Wi-Fi Alliance adds new features to Passpoint

October 9, 2014 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to make the Wi-Fi user experience more seamless, the Wi-Fi Alliance has added new features to Passpoint. In a nutshell, the new capabilities in Passpoint include a streamlined process for establishing new user accounts, the ability to provision devices with the correct security credentials, and support for operator-specific subscriber and network access policies.

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AT&T’s SEC football fans can ‘Talk Back’ with sports celebs

October 9, 2014 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T has found a way to get SEC football fans into the game by enabling a new “Talk Back” feature that allows them to interact with sports celebrities during live games. Talk Back is a second-screen feature that works via the U-verse App for Tablet or via a web portal. Viewers are able to submit their questions and watch live as sports celebrities answer them. 

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Comcast names James as director of government affairs for North Bay

October 9, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has hired Judy James as its new director of government affairs for the North Bay area of its California footprint. She will be responsible for Comcast's local government affairs and policy issues in the Napa, Sonoma, North Solano, Marin, and Mendocino areas.

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AT&T to pay $105M for bogus phone charges

October 8, 2014 5:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T wireless customers may want to take a closer look at their old phone bills because they may have money coming back to them. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that AT&T Mobility LLC, a subsidiary of the telecom giant, has agreed to a hefty $105 million settlement after the government accused the company of unlawfully billing customers for hundreds of millions of dollars in bogus charges.

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Latest iPads, Mac system expected at Oct. 16 event

October 8, 2014 4:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is expected to step up its efforts to boost recently slumping iPad sales with the unveiling of its latest tablet computer at an Oct. 16 event. The showcase also is expected to feature an update to the operating system for its Mac computers and the possible release of a new digital payment service called Apple Pay. 

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Comcast shareholders approve TWC acquisition

October 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

More than 99 percent of Comcast shareholders voting supported Comcast’s proposal to issue 2.875 shares of Comcast Class A common stock for every share of TWC common stock. Meanwhile, Comcast and TWC are fighting the FCC's request to see the contracts they've signed with various programmers.

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Cisco reorganizing switcher/router operations

October 8, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pursuant to a round of layoffs announced in August, Cisco is reorganizing, reportedly removing a layer of executives, mostly product managers who were each responsible for specific product families within the company’s switching and routing business.

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Time Warner Cable’s faster data speeds available across Austin

October 8, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As part of its TWC Maxx project, Time Warner Cable has completed its speed upgrades in Austin, which means all of its subscribers in the area now have access to faster broadband speeds, including a 300 Mbps down, 20 Mbps up offering. Time Warner Cable’s Ryan Kelly, integrated communications manager, wrote about the faster data speeds in a recent blog post.  

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ESPN’s Berman, Comcast's Werner among Cable Center’s 2015 Hall of Fame class

October 8, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman, along with five other inductees, is rumbling, bumbling, stumbling into the Cable Center’s Hall of Fame next year. The six newly elected industry leaders will be inducted during the 18th annual Cable Hall of Fame Celebration, held in conjunction with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s newly minted Internet and Television Expo (INTX) next year in Chicago.

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