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Comcast funds Internet security center at UConn

April 11, 2014 12:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The new center will specialize in Internet systems security to develop robust detection systems and analytical tools to ensure that the computer chips and other hardware components vital to Internet broadband systems are shielded from malicious attacks, unauthorized access, and faulty or counterfeit products.

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Long slide in PC sales tails off

April 10, 2014 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the latest numbers show that the global slump in PC demand may be easing. Although the numbers released Wednesday by market research firms Gartner and IDC mark the industry's eighth straight quarter of declines, they also show a considerable slowdown from the drops in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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AT&T in talks to bring 1 Gbps to N.C.

April 10, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

AT&T said this morning that it was in advanced talks with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to light up its 1gigabit per second service in six cities in the state. AT&T will cross swords in North Carolina with Google’s expansion plans that were announced in February while Time Warner Cable has a large presence in the state.

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Alaska chapter hoists SCTE Chapter of the Year award

April 10, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that the chapter in Alaska was the winner of its Chapter of the Year award. Over the course of last year, the Anchorage-based Alaska Chapter distinguished itself by implementing a virtual training program throughout the state and by boosting its attendance by 260 percent, both of which helped it win the award.

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NCAA semis on TNT draws millions of viewers

April 10, 2014 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Final Four broadcasts on TNT on Saturday drew millions of viewers, even though the main coverage was on TBS. Were the new "TeamCasts" that popular? Or did some viewers never realize — or not care — that they weren't watching the regular telecast? Turner Sports executive Christina Miller suspects it's all of the above.

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Cablevision promotes Brian Sweeney to president

April 9, 2014 5:31 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Cablevision says CEO James Dolan is giving up his title as president of the company, and it promoted two long-time executives. Cablevision says Brian Sweeney will replace James Dolan as president of the company, and it named Kristin Dolan chief operating officer. 

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Charter Spectrum makes North Texas debut

April 9, 2014 1:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Charter Communications’ “Charter Spectrum” brand has made its debut in North Texas with increased data speeds and more than 200 HD channels. The simultaneous launches in the Forth Worth area and in Greenville, S.C. marked the first time that Charter used the new brand. 

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Comcast tops 1 million Wi-Fi mark; increases data speeds in NE

April 9, 2014 1:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast announced this morning that it had topped the 1 million threshold for hot spots deployed across the nation and that it was increasing some data speeds in its Northeast footprint. The two announcements were choreographed to coincide with Comcast and Time Warner Cable executives appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee today in regards to the deal between the two companies. 

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RCN Business scores MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification

April 9, 2014 12:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) recently granted its Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification to RCN Business. RCN Business achieved Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification (CE 2.0) for its E-Line, E-LAN and E-Access services. Carriers that have achieved CE 2.0 certification are recognized for their ability to deliver Ethernet services at a higher quality and reliability than non-certified services.

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Comcast argues benefits of Time Warner Cable deal

April 9, 2014 12:49 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Comcast Corp. on Tuesday presented its case to government regulators arguing that its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. will benefit consumers without limiting competition.nThe company filed hundreds of pages of documents with the Federal Communications Commission after filing a notice Monday with the Justice Department.

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Weather Channel cuts reality shows in DirecTV deal

April 9, 2014 12:46 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Weather Channel is returning to DirecTV with a significant compromise that affects all of its viewers: it promises to focus more on the weather. After a three-month dispute with DirecTV that saw the channel dropped to some 20 million U.S. viewers, the two sides came to a new deal that will restore service on Wednesday.

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Passwords, other data exposed to potential theft by security flaw

April 9, 2014 12:41 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery. The breakdown revealed this week affects the encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for emails, instant messaging and a wide range of electronic commerce.

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Physicist wins $1.3M tech prize for data storage

April 9, 2014 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

British-American physicist Stuart Parkin has won the 1 million-euro ($1.3 million) Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks. His discoveries enabled cloud services and the online distribution of social networks, music and film.

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Charter TV App goes live on iOS, Android and Kindle devices

April 8, 2014 4:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Today Charter Communications launched its Charter TV App, which provisions 130 live TV channels inside of subscribers’ homes. The app is now available for free downloading from Apple iTunes App Store, Amazon App store and Android Apps on Google Play. 

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Game on: Comcast, TWC file deal with FCC

April 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

This morning Time Warner Cable and Comcast filed their applications and public interest statement with the Federal Communications Commission. Today’s FCC filing isn’t the first salvo in Comcast’s $45 billion bid to take over Time Warner Cable—last week both companies filed a Hart-Scott-Rodino notification with the Department of Justice, but it provides a game plan for answering critics’ concerns over the deal.

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