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WWDC Could Bring News of New Apple Streaming Service

June 2, 2015 2:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Apple is prepping to launch a new streaming music service that will cost $10 per month, according to the Wall Street Journal.           

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Cisco Loses Two Presidents, Gains New CEO

June 2, 2015 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Gary Moore, chief operating officer, and Rob Lloyd, president of development and sales will leave the company later this month. Chuck Robbins will take over as CEO upon John Chambers' departure . . .    

Time Warner Cable CFO Steps Down, Joins WeWork

June 2, 2015 11:03 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Arthur Minson will continue working as an advisor to Time Warner...                                                                  

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Sling Taps Weinberger as Chief Product Officer

June 1, 2015 2:09 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Dish Network has appointed Ben Weinberger as senior vice president and chief product officer of Sling TV. Weinberger, co-founder and former CEO of Digitalsmiths, will oversee Sling TV's product . . . 

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Google Making Progress on Project Loon

June 1, 2015 1:44 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Mike Cassidy, vice president of Project Loon for Google, said that the project is progressing to the point that it could be ready for commercial deployment as soon...

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NSA Surveillance Program Suspended, Congress Debates Renewal

June 1, 2015 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The National Security Agency suspended its collection of domestic phone records at midnight after Kentucky Senator Rand Paul blocked extensions of the program Sunday. The program and several other . . .

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Lenovo’s New Cast Device Joins Google, Amazon in Crowded Market

June 1, 2015 12:51 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Lenovo has introduced a new casting device that can send video content from personal devices to set-top boxes. The palm-sized device will be available this August for $49. It comes equipped with . . .

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Frontier Readies OTA, OTT Content Offering

June 1, 2015 11:23 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Frontier is moving forward with its trial to bring a combined Over-the-Air (OTA) and Over-the-top (OTT) content service to its customers. The service is meant for customers who primarily want . . .

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Cox partners with TiVo to offer VOD catalog

May 29, 2015 3:15 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

TiVo and Cox will offer Video on Demand services to TiVo's Permiere and Roamio DVR customers. The partnership was first announced in 2010, and will finally see the light of day in early June. The . . . 

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AT&T and DirecTV address conditions on merger

May 29, 2015 12:51 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, Associate Editor, @CEDmagazine | Comments

AT&T and DirecTV met with the FCC as planned to address the conditions Netflix, Dish, Cogent, and advocacy groups want imposed on the pending merger. In the filing the companies cited the FCC's . . . 

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Report: FCC Unlikely to Expand 600 MHz Auction Spectrum Reserve

May 29, 2015 11:42 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

All four carriers along with cable and internet companies have lobbied for certain conditions in the 600 MHz auctions, which are tentatively scheduled to begin in the first half of 2016. The proceedings will likely be one of the last times for the...

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Global IP Traffic to Soar Over Next 5 Years

May 29, 2015 11:32 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

By 2019 the number of global fixed line business Internet users will reach 2.2 billion and business users connecting via mobile will hit 582 million. Overall business devices and connections will reach 5.3 billion globally, while business...

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HBO Now Coming to Android Devices This Summer

May 29, 2015 11:29 am | by Tali Arbel, The Associated Press | Comments

Traditional TV subscriptions are slowly starting to slip as more people watch online video. Access to popular HBO shows like "Game of Thrones" and sports channels are some of the major draws of cable and satellite TV packages with...

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FCC proposes inclusion of broadband among lifeline services

May 28, 2015 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The proposal Thursday to expand the Lifeline phone program to Internet service aims to narrow the "digital divide" — those with access to the Internet and other modern technologies and those without.

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ALU offers to help migrate PSTN networks to all-IP

May 28, 2015 2:10 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent has set up a consulting and design service aimed at helping network operators who are still relying on PSTN (public switched telephone network) technology to migrate to an all-IP infrastructure – using the company’s ultra broadband networking solutions, of course.

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