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End of era: Ellison steps aside as Oracle CEO

September 19, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies. With the changing of the guard announced Thursday, Ellison will be handing over his job to his two top lieutenants, Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, who become co-CEOs.

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Verizon expands XLTE to 22 more markets

September 18, 2014 1:26 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

After substantially completing its nationwide LTE buildout on 700 MHz, Verizon began supplementing that with an AWS LTE deployment. The carrier is promising XLTE will deliver double the LTE bandwidth and faster peak speeds. T-Mobile has also been working on improving capacity.

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Alibaba post-IPO structure gives insiders control

September 18, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Other companies including Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. also have tried to preserve control for their founders, often by awarding them a different class of stock with more voting rights. But research suggests such arrangements enrich insiders at the expense of other shareholder.

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AT&T uncorks 300 Mbps data tier for businesses

September 18, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

This morning AT&T announced it would offer businesses a new data tier with symmetrical speeds of up to 300 Mbps initially with future plans to hit 1 Gigabit. With its AT&T Business Fiber offering, AT&T is mirroring the rollout of its residential GigaPower service that launched in Austin late last year with speeds of 300 Mbps before transitioning to 1-Gig this summer.

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NCTA kills off Cable Show, rebrands as INTX

September 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Faced with dwindling attendance over the past few years and the continued evolution of Internet technologies, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has pulled the plug on The Cable Show in favor of rebranding it as INTX. INTX, which stands for the Internet and Television Expo, will still be held on The Cable Show’s original schedule of May 5-7 next year in Chicago, but with more of an Internet focus.

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News Corp opposes Google in EU antitrust case

September 18, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch is joining the fray in Google's protracted European antitrust case, saying the technology company unfairly distorts competition. Robert Thomson, CEO of New York-based News Corp., says in a letter to the EU's antitrust authority that Google is "willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition." 

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Senate Commerce Committee passes satellite bill

September 17, 2014 6:48 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The Senate Commerce Committee has passed STAVRA, reauthorizing satellite TV broadcast of distant signals. One of the few non-satellite provision retained prevents local TV stations from colluding when negotiating retransmission consent contracts with cable operators.

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Authentication inhibiting TVE growth? Poll says: poppycock!

September 17, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

It is commonly held that the authentication process is so cumbersome for TV Everywhere that it is retarding the growth of TVE services. TDG says that’s simply not true. Only 7 percent of TVE users view the process of authentication negatively, with less than 1 percent ranking the process as "very difficult."

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AT&T to roll out self-provisioning of business services

September 17, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

AT&T Network on Demandenables business customers to order, add, or change business services on their own in near real time. The services available will include Internet access, VPNs, and Ethernet. AT&T will offer the service commercially in Austin by the end of this year.

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Atlantic Broadband launches 1-Gig service in Miami

September 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has seemingly beaten AT&T to the punch by launching a symmetrical 1-Gigabit service in the Miami area. Atlantic Broadband’s 1-Gigabit service took flight this summer in ultra-wealthy Indian Creek Village, which is located in Miami-Dade County.

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Time Warner Cable adds Wi-Fi hotspots in San Diego

September 17, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable has turned up more than 300 Wi-Fi hotspots in the San Diego area for a total of 17,000 access points in Southern California. The nation’s second-largest cable operator, which is in the process of being acquired by Comcast, plans to add hundreds of additional TWC WiFi hotspots in San Diego this year. 

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Mediacom ups Joseph Commisso to group VP, corporate finance

September 17, 2014 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Mediacom Communications, the eighth-largest cable operator in the nation, has promoted Joseph Commisso group vice president, corporate finance. Commisso reports to Mark Stephan, who is the MSO’s executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.

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France's Orange offers $4.4B for Spain's Jazztel

September 16, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

France's Orange has offered 3.4 billion euros ($4.4 billion) to buy the operations of Spanish telecommunications company Jazztel. The deal would make Orange/Jazztel the second largest fixed-line broadband Internet operator in Spain, after market leader Telefonica SA.

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Entropic looking for a buyer

September 16, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Having experienced one financial disappointment after another, Entropic is looking to sell, or in the corporate-speak the company adopted for the purpose, Entropic “announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the evaluation of strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value.”

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Virgin Media tunes up 1-Gig test with ‘narrow trenching’

September 16, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media, which is the largest cable operator in the UK, will fire up a small 1-Gigabit trial in the Cambridgeshire village of Papworth that will feature a new trenching technique for laying fiber. Virgin Media said it would lay fiber in Papworth by using “narrow-trenching,” which it claims could reduce the cost of the network roll out by 33 percent. 

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