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FCC approves MSOs' shift to new Wi-Fi spectrum

August 20, 2014 | by Brian Santo | Comments

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Cox have received approval from the FCC to switch the frequency at which their outdoor Wi-Fi access points operate from a portion of the unlicensed band now in common use to another nearby frequency at 5.1 GHz.

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AT&T to take on Comcast in Cupertino with GigaPower launch

August 20, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

To date, AT&T has targeted Time Warner Cable’s footprint with its GigaPower network, but now it will take on Comcast when the 1-Gig service launches in Cupertino. AT&T didn’t provide a lot of details on the Cupertino launch, but The San Jose Mercury News reported that the service was scheduled to go live in Apple’s hometown in December, with other Bay area rollouts to follow early next year. 

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Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high

August 20, 2014 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. The milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple's shares reached its previous split-adjusted peak of $100.72 in September 2012.

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Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

August 20, 2014 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, study and teaching business at Stanford in the fall and USC next spring.

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Nielsen Catalina to use FourthWall viewer data

August 19, 2014 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company links advertising with retail sales by integrating data from Nielsen with shopper data from over 70M households.  With access to FourthWall Media’s TV viewing data, NCS is expanding the size of its dataset. FourthWall gathers data on 1.4M households.

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Black Arrow aims at ad exhaustion

August 19, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

There really aren’t enough advertisers with enough different targeted ads, which means some viewers often see the same ad over and over. BlackArrow has addressed the issue by adding support for audience-based frequency capping in its Advanced Advertising System.

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Time Warner Cable holds serve on U.S. Open Wi-Fi

August 19, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable will be serving up free Wi-Fi access at next month’s U.S. Open Tennis Championships in New York City. The nation’s second-largest cable operator said the Wi-Fi deployment at the U.S. Open was its largest public venue installation to date with 235 access points. 

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Cincinnati Bell to join Gigabit club

August 19, 2014 12:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Add Cincinnati Bell to the growing list of services providers that are preparing to offer a 1-Gigabit service to their subscribers. Cincinnati Bell President and CEO Ted Torbeck announced that his company would start offering a fiber-based 1 Gbps tier to its residential subscribers on Sept. 8.

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Google's pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets

August 19, 2014 11:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further. Although Page has been taking risks since he co-founded Google with Sergey Brin 1998, the stakes probably wouldn't be as high if not for the company's pivotal IPO on Aug. 19, 2004.

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Review: A closer look at streaming services, devices

August 19, 2014 11:47 am | by Associated Press | Comments

While consumers don't need multiple devices for basic streaming services, some advanced features in Amazon's Fire TV require a Kindle Fire tablet or a Fire phone, while some Apple TV features work only with iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. Here's a closer look at how the Apple TV and the Fire TV work with other gadgets from Apple and Amazon. 

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U-verse build-out reported stalled

August 18, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

AT&T’s U-verse build-out appears to be on at least temporary hold, leaving about 5 million homes passed still waiting for an upgrade. DSL Reports said it has confirmed the build-out is stalled – it calculates at about 28.2 million homes, on the way to 32.9 million.

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Canby Telecom establishes gigabit service

August 18, 2014 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Canby Telecom is deploying Adtran’s fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) portfolio, including the vendor’s multiservice access node, the Total Access 5004. Versions of that system can be used to converge POTS, ADSL2+, VDSL2, GPON and other networking technologies.

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Telstra prepares for software defined networking

August 18, 2014 12:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Telstra is buying optical transport equipment and services from Ericsson, combined with Ciena packet-optical platforms. Telstra’s near term goal is to increase network capacity, but it is also planning to migrate to SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV).

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Gore sues Al Jazeera America for unpaid millions

August 18, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America, saying the news network is withholding tens of millions of dollars that it owes for buying Current TV from him and other shareholders for $500 million last year. David Boies, Gore's attorney, said in a statement that Al Jazeera America "wants to give itself a discount on the purchase price that was agreed to nearly two years ago." 

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Report: Internet content providers boost optical spending in North America

August 18, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Thanks to a surge in spending by Internet content providers in North America, optical spending surged an estimated $40 million in the second quarter of this year. According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, Internet content providers, such as Google, helped generate a wave of spending that benefited Adva, BTI and Infinera.

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Assange talks of leaving embassy, sowing confusion

August 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition were resolved. Assange made the comments during a press conference at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

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