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Comcast partners with Boulder-based Boomtown on IoT lab

February 18, 2015 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast Labs has forged a partnership with startup accelerator Boomtown to build an Internet of Things (IoT) lab in Boomtown’s hometown of Boulder, Colo. The companies said the IoT lab will be one of the first in nation when it launches during “Boulder Startup Week” in May.  

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Frontier finishes phase 1 of broadband upgrade in Washington, North Idaho

February 18, 2015 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Frontier Communications has wrapped up the first phase of its broadband network upgrade in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Frontier said the upgrade doubled the available bandwidth en route to enabling faster broadband speeds while also providing network redundancy for its commercial and residential subscribers in the area.

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Sony outlines 3-year recovery plan, targets $4.2B earnings

February 18, 2015 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Money-losing Sony will spin off its video-and-sound business into a separate company and shrink its headquarters as part of a three-year turnaround plan to speed up decision-making and become profitable again. The company is targeting an operating profit of 500 billion yen ($4.2 billion) and a 10 percent return on equity for the fiscal year through March 2018.

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Time Warner Cable Internet speeds in San Antone rose

February 18, 2015 12:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

TWC will gradually introduce faster broadband speeds throughout its entire system in and around San Antonio. The upgrade will also include an expansion of Wi-Fi hotspots around the city, building on an existing constellation of hotspots in businesses.

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SCTE names Howard SCTE Fellow; search on for new CTO

February 17, 2015 5:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced Tuesday afternoon that Daniel Howard was named to the newly created staff position of SCTE Fellow. Howard joined SCTE five years ago as the organization’s first chief technology officer.

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Apple iCar on the loose

February 17, 2015 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Video:  Could this be film of the rumored iCar? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project to develop an electric vehicle.

SeaChange hires SVP for Asia Pacific sales operations

February 17, 2015 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

SeaChange International has hired Dave Ulmer as senior vice president & general manager for its Asia Pacific operations. The company is looking to burnish its multi-screen credentials by getting more involved in the mobile video market.

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This Tech patent describes fundamental DAI processes

February 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The patent describes a method for identifying dynamic advertising inventory and defining attributes of the ad, such as ownership, length and interactivity. The company believes the patent applicable regardless of which ad decisioning system or video delivery platform is used.

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AT&T’s GigaPower launches in parts of K.C.

February 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

AT&T is offering its GigaPower service to select areas of Kansas City where it now competes against Google Fiber’s 1-gig service. Time Warner Cable is also ramping up a 300 Mbps down, 20 Mbps tier in Kansas City via its all-digital TWC Maxx upgrade.

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Brooklyn union workers ratify labor deal with Cablevision

February 17, 2015 11:56 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Brooklyn union workers at Cablevision System Corp. have voted to ratify a two-year contract with the company. Communications Workers of America Local 1109 said the labor agreement was ratified by a strong margin Saturday night. More than 260 workers are covered by the agreement, which includes wages increases and better health and pension benefits.

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Virgin Media to boost broadband reach with $4.6 billion build out

February 13, 2015 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Virgin Media has thrown down the gauntlet against BT by announcing a five-year, $4.62 billion build out of its broadband network. Virgin Media has generally topped BT’s speeds in cities and towns across the UK where they compete against each other, but BT has enjoyed a larger broadband footprint.

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Shaw to shuffle call center operations

February 13, 2015 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Shaw Communications announced this week that it was closing its call centers in Calgary and Edmonton while also closing part of its operations in Kelowna. All told, 1,600 employees in those call centers will have to either re-locate, accept severance packages or take on new jobs at their current locations.

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Report: Global pay-TV market to grow 5 percent in 2014

February 13, 2015 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

While the final numbers are still pending, ABI Research said in a report that the worldwide pay-TV market was expected to grow 5 percent in 2013 while topping 924.4 million subscribers. On a global scale, IPTV is the driving force behind the increased in subscribers.

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Verizon pens letter to FCC on restricting network access

February 13, 2015 12:51 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Verizon sought to clarify its intention to explore commercial arrangements that restrict network access. Verizon submitted a filing aimed at correcting comments FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made on the matter. Verizon's letter took issue with Wheeler’s alleged misunderstanding of “commercial arrangements.”

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Yahoo targets mobile as primary path

February 13, 2015 12:43 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Yahoo is on a path to generate a significant portion of its revenue from mobile. Yahoo Senior Vice President Adam Cahan on Thursday told Bloomberg Television that mobile advertising is set to fuel its new businesses and in turn generate half of the company's total revenue in the next 12 to 18 months. 

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