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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

July 17, 2014 12:24 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft is cutting up to 18,000 jobs, about 14 percent of its staff, over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April and cut down on management layers. CEO Satya Nadella, who took the job in February, delivered the news to staff in a memo that Microsoft released publicly.

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Shaw knocks on CableWiFi door

July 16, 2014 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Shaw Communications has reached out to the CableWiFi alliance to express its interest in becoming a peer to the consortium in Canada. If Shaw gains entry, it would add its 40,000 hotspots, which are spread throughout Western Canada between Victoria and Sault Ste. Marie, to CableWiFi’s more than 250,000 access points that are located across the U.S.

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Report: Youth being served by smart energy products

July 16, 2014 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

According to a recent report, young consumers are more readily embracing the Internet of Things through smart home devices. Parks Associates’ Internet of Things (IoT) research found that young consumers, those with children, and those in a home for three to four years were leading the adoption of Internet-connected energy devices.

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Dish, nTelos expand fixed mobile broadband service

July 16, 2014 12:53 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Dish Network and nTelos today announced the expansion of their fixed mobile broadband service in Virginia. The service is now available in parts of Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg and Roanoke. The companies are promising 10 Mbps download speeds with the service, which is available for $30 to customers with existing Dish satellite-TV service. 

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Comcast red faced by customer service rep

July 16, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Comcast is apologizing after a tech-savvy California customer posted eight minutes of telephone conversation online in which he tried repeatedly to get a customer service representative to disconnect his service. The customer, Ryan Block, succeeds in getting the unidentified Comcast rep to agree to disconnect his service, but only after the rep repeatedly asks Block for a reason. 

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Sling Media unveils 2 devices for out-of-home TV

July 16, 2014 12:43 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Sling Media, the maker of devices that let people watch their cable channels while traveling, is trying to become more relevant in the living room. Traditionally, Sling's strength has been in so-called place shifting. Sling is trying to change that with a model announced Tuesday. 

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Rejected Fox bid for Time Warner shows growth mood

July 16, 2014 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Though rejected, a surprise bid by Rupert Murdoch's Fox for entertainment rival Time Warner underscores that large media companies are in the mood for major consolidation. Time Warner Inc., which owns the Warner Bros. movie studio and TV channels such as TNT, TBS and HBO, said Wednesday that it rejected the deal and had no interest in further discussions. 

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Apple, IBM team up in mobile devices, applications

July 16, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies. The partnership announced Tuesday calls for the two technology companies to work together on about 100 different mobile applications designed for a wide range of industries.

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Cisco’s Lloyd, Liberty Global Fries to speak at Cable-Tec Expo

July 15, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cisco’s Rob Lloyd and Liberty Global’s Mike Fries have been added to the list of featured speakers for the Denver edition of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Sept. 22-25. Lloyd, president, development and sales for Cisco, will be on center stage on Sept. 23 at Expo while Liberty Global president and CEO Fries will follow on Sept. 24.

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Buckeye, Sinclair break 7-month retrans impasse

July 15, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After a seven-month long standoff, Buckeye CableSystem viewers can now watch NBC again after a new agreement was reached with Sinclair Broadcast Group. According to The Toledo Blade, which, like Buckeye, is owned by Block Communications, the new two-year agreement was reached yesterday.

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Envivio putting on the hits in 4K for French music channel

July 15, 2014 12:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

French broadcaster TDF is using Envivio’s 4K Ultra HD compression technology to test a broadcast of the NRJ Hits music channel in 4K. From the Eiffel Tower in Paris, NRJ Hits, which is a leading French music channel, is distributed over the national digital terrestrial television (DTT) service.

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Incognito updates Bandwidth Activity Reporter

July 15, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

In order to help cable operators unlock “big data” in their broadband networks, Incognito Software has updated its Bandwidth Activity Reporter. The latest version of the platform extracts and analyzes data from multiple network, billing, and customer relationship management sources to provide network intelligence, usage reports, and service metrics. 

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Hewlett-Packard Interim Chairman Whitworth resigns

July 15, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Hewlett-Packard's Interim Chairman Ralph Whitworth has resigned from the company's board to concentrate on personal health issues. Whitworth's resignation is effective on Wednesday. Personal computer maker HP said that its board will discuss appointing a new chairman at its next meeting.

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Internet companies lobby FCC for open Internet

July 14, 2014 12:21 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

A group of over two dozen of the largest Internet companies, including eBay, Netflix and Facebook, are urging the FCC to refrain from Net Neutrality policies that would create so-called slow lanes and fast lanes. The companies also argued that the Commission treat fixed and wireless broadband providers in the same manner.

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Epix reaches carriage agreement with AT&T

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

Thanks to a new carriage agreement, AT&T is now distributing Epix’s movies and original programming to its U-verse subscribers. AT&T has added Epix, Epix 2, Epix 3 and Epix Drive-In to its channel lineup, and is offering a free preview of Epix that will run from July 25-27.

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