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Cogeco on track to open another data center this spring

February 10, 2015 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cogeco Data Centers said it was on track to open a new 100,000-square-foot data center this spring on the island of Montreal. The new facility, which is located in Kirkland, will be the fifth location in Cogeco Data Services’ growing data center fleet.

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RCN Business bows managed LAN service

February 10, 2015 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

RCN Business is removing some of the complexities associated with enterprise-level customers managing their WAN and LAN assets by offering a new managed LAN service. The service is packaged as a switch management solution for RCN Business’ hosted voice and Ethernet products. 

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Samsung reveals potential for smart TVs to eavesdrop

February 10, 2015 12:13 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening. And sharing. Voice recognition technology in the South Korean company's Internet connected TVs captures and transmits nearby conversations. 

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Connected cars have few safeguards against hackers

February 9, 2015 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

There is a clear lack of appropriate security measures to protect drivers against hackers who may be able to take control of a vehicle or against those who may wish to collect and use personal driver information, according to a report from Sen. Edward Markey's office.

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Netflix launching in Cuba

February 9, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Only about 27 percent of Cuba's population currently has access to the Internet, according to Internet Live Stats, which uses information from the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations and the World Bank to estimate the world's Internet users.

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Concurrent software supports cloud-based video apps

February 9, 2015 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The software offers dynamic data replication, balancing of content across storage nodes, automatic data recovery, and other features useful to support the launch of IP video applications such as network-based digital video recording (DVR) or personal video lockers.

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Sling TV available to everyone, adds AMC Networks

February 9, 2015 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

As of today, Sling TV’s cord-cutting service is open for business to everyone, and it also announced that AMC Networks has joined its roster of content providers. Sling TV, a subsidiary of Dish, started out as an invitation-only offering when it was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month.

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Atlantic Broadband hooks up with Miami Data Vault

February 9, 2015 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has bolstered its presence in the burgeoning South Florida communications sector by partnering with Miami Data Vault. The deal allows Atlantic Broadband to offer its suite of commercial services to businesses via Miami Data Vault’s data center and coloction facility.

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Calix helps deliver Alabama’s first gigabit service

February 9, 2015 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Calix has lit up the state of Alabama’s first 1-gigabit service through a deal with Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (FTC.) After launching last week, FTC, which is Alabama's largest member-owned telephone cooperative, is providing symmetrical 1-gig speeds to customers in DeKalb and Jackson counties.

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Verizon confirms $10B sale of wireline network to Frontier

February 6, 2015 1:13 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Verizon will sell its wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications for $10.54 billion ($9.9 billion in cash and $600 million in assumed debt). Verizon will also lease the rights to 11,300 towers and sell an additional 165 towers to American Tower for $5 billion.

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Apple exploring an over the top TV service

February 6, 2015 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Apple is reportedly reviving discussions with programmers about creating a streaming TV service. The company is in early stages of negotiations with programmers about securing rights to content, and has been demonstrating the ability to deliver TV, according to re/code.

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Texas two-step: TWC Maxx rolls into Dallas area

February 6, 2015 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Time Warner Cable has started notifying its subscribers in Dallas and surrounding areas that its TWC Maxx project, which includes the conversion to all-digital, will soon be underway. By early summer of this year, those Dallas area subscribers will be able to tap into speeds of up to 300 Mbps down with the reclaimed bandwidth from the analog-to-digital conversion.

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Cablevision names Sweeney CFO

February 6, 2015 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cablevision announced on Friday that Brian Sweeney would become the cable operator’s chief financial office effective March 1. Sweeney, who already holds the title of president at Cablevision, will succeed current CFO Gregg Seibert. Seibert will continue to serve as vice chairman of Cablevision where he will focus on the company’s long-term strategic and financial initiatives.

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Bright House Networks delivers BabyFirst programming

February 6, 2015 12:04 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

BabyFirst, which is a TV channel targeted at toddlers and their parents, has launched on Bright House Networks, the nation’s sixth-largest cable operator. The launch added 2.5 million Bright House Networks customers in Detroit, Indianapolis, Central Florida, Tampa, Birmingham and Bakersfield to BabyFirst’s distribution, which now stands at more than 50 million U.S. homes, in English and, via SAP, Spanish.

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Sprint to set up shop as RadioShack files for bankruptcy

February 6, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Sprint's latest plan for luring new subscribers is to occupy the remains of RadioShack.The long-struggling consumer electronics chain filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday. Part of its plan is for Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier, to open mini-shops in as many as 1,750 of RadioShack's remaining stores.

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