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AT&T’s GigaPower service goes live in Dallas/Fort Worth area

August 14, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Following up on its goal of having its GigaPower offering up and running in Dallas this summer, AT&T announced this morning that the service went live in Dallas, Forth Worth and surrounding cities. In the Dallas area, AT&T is currently offering the 1-Gig service to small businesses and residential subscribers in Highland Park and University Park. 

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RCN joins SEC Network roster

August 14, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With the SEC Network set to make its debut later today, RCN announced this morning that it would be carrying the college sports action via a multi-year distribution agreement between the NCTC and the Walt Disney Company. As of this morning, Cablevision, Verizon FiOS and Mediacom Communications hadn’t struck deals with ESPN to carry the SEC Network.

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Former Charter exec leads SmartHome Ventures into home automation market

August 14, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Led by former Charter Communications executive Ted Schremp, SmartHome Ventures has tossed its hat into the home automation arena. SmartHome Ventures, which was founded last year, is seeking to standout from the rest of the crowded home automation field by offering a low-cost platform that customers can purchase in retail outlets prior to doing self-installs.

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TWC, BHN dive deeper into NBCUniversal TVE pool

August 14, 2014 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks can now offer up more TV Everywhere video content from NBCUniversal’s broadcast and cable networks to their subscribers. Time Warner Cable and Bright House authenticated subscribers now have access to live and on demand content from NBCUniversal’s suite of cable networks including USA Network, Syfy, Telemundo, Bravo, Oxygen, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, and Golf Channel.

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Cisco to lay off up to 6,000 workers

August 14, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring. The company, which makes routers, switches and software, said the layoffs will affect workers in operations around the world. 

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Time Warner Cable techs pitch in on AMBER alerts

August 13, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

As part of a partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), all of Time Warner Cable’s 18,000 cable technicians across its footprint can now receive AMBER alerts. Along with the new technology that allows them to receive the AMBER alerts, the techs will receive training on how to be on the look out during an alert and to contact law enforcement if they see an abducted child.

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Comcast, NBCUniversal hire 3,000 veterans

August 13, 2014 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast and NBCUniversal have hired 3,000 veterans since January of 2012 as part their ongoing partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring Our Heroes” initiative. NBCUniversal and Comcast’s goal was to hire 2,000 veterans through the program by 2015. 

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Conviva signs deal with EchoStar

August 13, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Conviva announced this morning that it had signed a deal with EchoStar Technologies to use its video optimization platform on Dish Network’s IP-based Dish Anywhere and DishWorld services. Dish Network will use Conviva’s Intelligent Control Platform to help ensure high-quality streaming delivery for Dish Anywhere and DishWorld.

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Apple's tech jobs held mostly by white, Asian men

August 13, 2014 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics. A breakdown released Tuesday by Apple Inc. showed 54 percent of the company's technology jobs in the U.S. are filled by whites and another 23 percent by Asians.

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Amazon goes after mobile payments with 'Local Register'

August 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Amazon today announced a new point of sale (POS) solution that will provide the company with an inroad to brick and mortar retailers. Called Amazon Local Register, the payment solution consists of a secure card reader and mobile app that will allow local businesses to accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet and keep track of their business. 

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Verizon bets on video, VoLTE and tablets for growth

August 12, 2014 1:52 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Verizon Wireless expects to prosper with video. "Multicast is a few years out...that's the pivotal start to change the way content is delivered on the mobile handset," said CFO Fran Shammo, who noted that driving an ecosystem of devices that support the technology will be key to its adoption.

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ESPN's Driessen named WICT's Woman of the Year

August 12, 2014 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Christine Driessen, executive vice president and chief financial officer, ESPN, was named by WICT as its 2014 Woman of the Year. Jennifer Mirgorod of Turner Broadcasting System and Deborah Picciolo of Time Warner Cable are the organization's two Women To Watch.

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Miami next on AT&T’s GigaPower hit list; Gig speeds up in Austin

August 12, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

AT&T’s GigaPower service will touch down in the city of Miami, which is also in Comcast’s footprint. The Miami announcement came a day after AT&T said that over the coming weeks it would start offering existing subscribers 1 Gbps speeds in Austin.

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Mediacom Communications, CSG extend contract

August 12, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Mediacom Communications and CSG International have extended their 15-year partnership with a new multi-year contract extension. With the new deal, Mediacom will broaden the end-to-end customer care and billing solutions provided by CSG to expand beyond triple play services into home automation and other lines of business.

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SCTE to provide details on Energy 2020 during Expo session

August 12, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Spearheaded by Comcast’s John Schanz and other industry thought leaders, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) will provide more details on its recently announced Energy 2020 initiative at Cable-Tec Expo next month in Denver. Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president of Comcast Cable, will speak about the cable industry’s new collaborative energy program that was first announced in June. 

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