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T-Mobile jumps into music streaming with 'unRadio'

June 19, 2014 10:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

T-Mobile is jumping into the music streaming game with a price and a package of features that set it apart. At its "Un-carrier" event Wednesday, the fourth-ranked mobile carrier said customers of its Simple Choice plan will be able to stream music from popular services like Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio and Slacker without it eating into their high-speed data caps.

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Amazon ties new 4.7-inch phone to its services

June 19, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Amazon has introduced a new smartphone that seeks to help consumers locate and purchase products and services from the nation's largest e-commerce company. The Fire phone comes with audio and object recognition technology, known as Firefly, to guide users to Amazon's stores.

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YouTube to launch music service that incenses indies

June 18, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The video site is adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube, and that "hundreds of major label and independent artists," but a small number of independent artists who had not agreed to new deal terms will have their videos blocked in some countries starting in a few days, even on the free version of YouTube.

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GVTC deploys gigabit network in San Antonio suburbs

June 18, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

GVTC Communications has deployed the Calix E7-20 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) for the GVTC GigaRegion fiber network that stretches across three cities just north of San Antonio, Tex.

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Spirent develops 400G tester

June 18, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In a development that has ramifications even for CMTS traffic, Spirent has been working with Huawei’s NE5000E core router, which incorporates Xilinx processors, to verify the Spirent 400G Ethernet Test System. The tester works for evaluating 400G systems, ISO layers 1 through 3.

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CenturyLink boots up cloud-based managed services

June 18, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

CenturyLink is now offering cloud-based, on-demand managed services to businesses. With the CenturyLink Cloud platform, businesses can tap into managed services — including web servers, middleware, directory services and database applications, along with operating systems — with pay-by-the hour billing.

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Raleigh OKs AT&T’s GigaPower service

June 18, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

AT&T has checked Raleigh off its list of North Carolina cities that have ratified the deployment of its fiber-based GigaPower service. AT&T has been working with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to deploy its 1 Gbps service across six cities in the area

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Amazon is about to jump into smartphones

June 18, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Amazon, a company of seemingly boundless ambition, appears to be venturing into yet another market: smartphones. The corporate juggernaut that started out with books and soon moved into music, video, cloud computing and Kindle e-readers is hosting a launch event Wednesday in Seattle, and media reports indicate the product will be an Amazon phone — perhaps one with multiple cameras that can produce 3-D photos.

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Cisco to buy software orchestration specialist for $175M

June 17, 2014 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cisco is in the process of buying privately-held Tail-f Systems, which specializes in implementing applications, network services and solutions across a range of networking devices. Service providers in particular should benefit from Tail-f’s products, using them to manage their networks as they introduce new services at a rapid rate.

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Mediacom working with John Deere on automated farming

June 17, 2014 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Mediacom Business and John Deere have filed an expression of interest with the FCC that outlines a plan to improve agricultural efficiency and production by driving fiber networks deeper into rural Iowa and connecting commercial farming operations with wireless broadband services.

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Cox Business debuts dual Wi-Fi router; access to CableWiFi hotspots

June 17, 2014 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

As of last week, Cox Business data customers can tap into more than 250,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation from other members of the CableWiFi Alliance at no additional charge. Also on the Wi-Fi front, Cox Business has deployed a gateway from Cisco that enables public and private SSIDs for its business customers.

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RCN tunes in TiVo’s caller ID on TV feature

June 17, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

RCN subscribers with leased TiVo boxes can now tap into the latter’s caller ID on TV service at no additional cost. The new feature, which will be available to new and existing customers this week, displays the name of the caller and the number on the TV screen during an incoming call. 

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Cable STBs enjoy growth spurt in 1Q

June 17, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While worldwide set-top box revenue declined in the first quarter of this year, the cable set-top box segment grew 5 percent in both units shipped and revenue growth. Infonetics Research’s set-top box report said that worldwide set-top box revenue totaled $4.8 billion in the first quarter, which was a decline of 3 percent from the preceding fourth quarter.

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How the world watches the World Cup on TV, online

June 17, 2014 12:58 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Television and online rights for sporting events are typically sold by territory. For the World Cup, that means U.S. viewers are limited to what's available through U.S. television networks ABC, ESPN and Univision. ABC and ESPN, both owned by The Walt Disney Co., are splitting the English-language coverage on television.

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Texas two-step: Suddenlink bows 300 Mbps service

June 16, 2014 3:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Suddenlink Communications is now offering a new data tier in two Texas communities with a speed of up to 300 Mbps on the downstream. The 300 Mbps service, which tops out at 15 Mbps on the upstream, is now available in Leander and Pflugerville, Texas with Georgetown to follow in the Lone Star state later this summer.  

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