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Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip 


April 17, 2014 1:16 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet company dealt with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas. The results announced Wednesday fell below analyst projections. Google's stock shed more than 5 percent, or $30.94, to hit $525.50 in extended trading after the results were released.

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Vodafone Netherlands working with Entone

April 16, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Vodafone Netherlands is partnering with Entone and its systems integration partner, Divitel, to support TV services on its fiber to the home (FTTH) network in the Netherlands. Vodafone’s Thuis service offers a number of television features including Pause Live TV (PLTV), along with a video on demand (VOD) library from public broadcasters, HBO, Videoland, and many others.

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Multichoice taps Clearleap for multi-screen management

April 16, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The African pay-TV provider, which operates services in sub-Saharan Africa, will use the Clearleap products to manage its library of premium live and on-demand video content, then distribute and monetize it across VOD, web portals, apps and more.

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Nagra provides Dish, EchoStar multi-screen protection

April 16, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Dish Network and EchoStar have expanded their security partnership with Nagra to include digital rights management (DRM) for multi-screen services. Dish and EchoStar have deployed the Nagra MediaLive Player (NMP) with Nagra’s MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management (PRM) technology, which is Nagra’s studio-approved DRM solution, to enable and secure the Dish Anywhere multi-screen VOD service.

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Lightpath’s fiber tops 7,000 locations in New York metro area

April 16, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Lightpath, a division of Cablevision, announced it has lit up more than 7,000 locations across its fiber network in the New York metropolitan area with more than 1,000 coming onboard over the past year. Close to half of the new locations were in New Jersey, which represents a burgeoning opportunity for Lightpath’s services to mid-market business and other organizations.

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AT&T puts the bite in Whopper Wi-Fi

April 16, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Burger King is upgrading to a more robust Wi-Fi platform with the help of AT&T. Diners at the fast food chain will soon be able to log in to “Whopper Wi-Fi” on their smartphones and tablet devices. AT&T said Burger King was the first large-scale customer of its Wi-Fi Ready Zone. 

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Dish to refund $2M to Washington state customers

April 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Dish Network Corp. will reimburse Washington state customers about $2 million for a surcharge officials called deceptive, but the satellite TV provider denied wrongdoing in the agreement announced Tuesday by the state attorney general's office. The Colorado-based company also will give existing customers who were charged the fee cash credit or access to free programming and pay the state nearly $570,000.

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Google might use drones for wireless coverage

April 15, 2014 1:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Google announced its acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a high-altitude drone company, which it plans to integrate with its on-going Project Loon initiative. Through Project Loon, Google is deploying large balloons in order to relay wireless signals.

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Mediacom accelerates Internet to 305 Mbps

April 15, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The new service level, called Mediacom Ultra 305, delivers download speeds nearly triples the company’s previous top broadband rate of 105 Mbps. The company intends to keep the 105 Mbps tier. It has not yet made any revisions to the speeds of its lower tiers, but expects to do so in coming weeks.

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Time Warner Cable develops first RDK-based box with Humax

April 15, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable used the Reference Design Kit (RDK) to create its first IP set-top box that features its cloud-based navigator. Time Warner Cable said the new box, which is being built by South Korean manufacturer Humax, would be deployed in select markets by the end of this year.

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BHN teams up with CNSG on new channel partner program

April 15, 2014 12:49 pm | Comments

Bright House Networks signed a strategic channel partnership agreement with Converged Network Services group (CNSG), which is a telecommunications and data center consulting firm and master agent based in Charlotte, N.C. As a Bright House Networks Channel Partner, CNSG’s network of sub-agents and partners will now be able to offer the company’s voice, Internet, and advanced managed services.

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RCN Business hooks up ARIN confab

April 15, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

RCN Business is providing fiber connectivity for the American Registry for Internet Numbers’ (ARIN) biannual public policy and member meeting this week in Chicago. RCN Business is helping provision the live webcasts, live transcripts, chat rooms and remote voting for attendees of ARIN 33.

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Zebra to spend $3.45B on Motorola business

April 15, 2014 12:42 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical. The acquisition would broaden the bar-code company's logistics capabilities and create or expand its footprint in more than 100 countries.

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CenturyLink: 4,500 calls failed during 911 outage

April 15, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

About 4,500 calls failed to get through during a six-hour Washington state 911 outage last week, CenturyLink said Monday. The telecommunications company said the outage was caused by a technical error in a third-party vendor's call router, which prevented the system from properly processing calls.

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Netflix's Comcast deal improves quality of video

April 14, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Data released Monday by Netflix Inc. showed Comcast delivered its video at an average rate of 2.5 megabits per second during March. That was a 66 percent increase from a recent low of 1.51 megabits per second in January.

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