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Liberate lands Two Way license; Hitron gets WiFi certification

March 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Liberate Technologies licensed enhanced broadcast technology from Two Way TV Ltd. The license lets Liberate build a system that it says will give operators and broadcasters more control over delivery and presentation of applications that are synchronized with TV broadcasts wherever Liberate's software has been deployed.

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TCTA completes board, touts cable awards

March 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association handed out cable awards and announced new board members at its 42nd annual convention and trade show last week. "There are three classes," says TCTA President Bill Arnold, who is retiring his post. "Class one (directors) are appointed by the companies they represent.

Comcast concedes service problems in Harrisburg, Pa.

March 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by David DeKok | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Patriot-News The Patriot-News…03/05/2002 From LexisNexis Comcast Corp. has acknowledged continuing problems with e-mail service to its 800,000 cable-modem Internet customers since its contract with ExciteAtHome ended last Thursday, but says its engineers are working "around the clock" to fix them.

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CableLabs develops first version of metadata specs

March 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CableLabs took a step toward standardizing metadata for VOD with the completion of a first set of specifications. "It's not really an old project," says spokesman Mike Schwartz. CableLabs has been working on the specs since late last year. The spec, CableLabs VoD Content Specification V1.0, seeks to create a common approach to handling descriptive data related to VOD, called metadata.

Williams cuts 25% of workforce, nCUBE names Pohl CEO

March 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Williams Communications Group Inc. will cut 25 percent of its 4,000-member global workforce, probably within the next two weeks, The Tulsa World reports. With $5.16 billion in debt from building its 33,000-mile fiber optic network, and with its trading suspended by the New York Stock Exchange, the company has been looking at restructuring options.

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Gores bids for Global

March 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Chris Woodyard | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…03/04/2002 From LexisNexis An investment firm that's turned around such technology firms as The Learning Company and VeriFone plans to submit a bid as soon as this week for what could be its biggest acquisition — troubled Global Crossing. Gores Technology Group intends to file a bid in U.

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EarthLink moves WiFi to cable customers

March 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

EarthLink Inc. expanded its home-networking service from DSL to offering it to customers with cable connections. The company launched in more than 20 Time Warner Cable systems last year and plans to launch in 18 more by mid-2002. The wired version of the service uses a home's standard phone wiring or Ethernet to network PCs, peripherals and Internet appliances without any added wiring, it says.

Adelphia to buy cable system in Florida from Verizon

March 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Harrington | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 St. Petersburg Times St. Petersburg Times…03/02/2002 By LexisNexis Nineteen months after putting its Americast cable system up for sale, Verizon Communications has found a buyer with some staying power. Adelphia Communications, a rural Pennsylvania company that has swelled into one of the biggest cable operators in the coun...

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Cox's Nagin beats police chief in mayoral runoff

March 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox exec Ray Nagin trounced Police Superintendent Richard Pennington in New Orleans' mayoral runoff Saturday, with 59 percent of the vote. Nagin, 45, will leave his $400,000-a-year spot as VP and GM at Cox Communications of Louisiana for the $110,000-a-year mayoral position. "We're really thrilled for him," says Cox spokeswoman Amy Cohn.

TollgradeCEO:Nosnowjob—'toughsledding'in2002

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Patricia Sabatini | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Post - te…03/01/2002 From LexisNexis Tollgrade Communications Inc., which saw its profits slashed in half and 25 percent of its staff get pink slips last year, expects the hard times to continue in 2002.

Tollgrade CEO: No snow job — 'tough sledding' in 2002

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Patricia Sabatini | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Post - te…03/01/2002 From LexisNexis Tollgrade Communications Inc., which saw its profits slashed in half and 25 percent of its staff get pink slips last year, expects the hard times to continue in 2002.

Cox exec preps for tomorrow's mayoral runoff

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Far south of the now-quiet Tauzin-Dingell fray, another contest is underway as former Cox executive Ray Nagin squares off with the local police chief in tomorrow's New Orleans mayoral runoff election. Nagin could not pause for questions — "I am running pretty hard and you have a lot of questions," he told CEDaily.

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New Motorola companion box to fuel Charter's iTV efforts

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A new companion box from Motorola Broadband Communications Sector may not make people forget about Steve Perlman's latest venture, Moxi Digital Inc., but it might push Motorola's advanced DCT-5000 box a bit further back on MSO burners.Charter Communications Inc. said it will deploy a new "class" of set-top built by Motorola Broadband Communications Sector to offer advanced iTV services an...

iSurfTV 'maps' out IPG plans

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Hoping to avoid the long reach of Gemstar-TV Guide's lawyers, iSurfTV said it has received a patent that covers and protects the company's "cornerstone" interactive program guide technology. That patent, No. 6,342,884, covers iSurfTV's use of texture mapping to display text or images on an IPG.

Adelphia taps C-COR.net to fuel upgrades

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

C-COR.net said it won a contract to provide Adelphia Communications with fiber optic and RF equipment for network upgrades in 10 states. C-COR estimates that the project, which gets underway this year, will equate to about $50 million in new incremental business for the State College, Pa.-based company.

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