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Venture capital investments up 19% in Q4

January 20, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Funding for start-ups rose 19 percent in the fourth quarter as venture capitalists fueled money into more companies in the Internet, clean technology and other sectors.


Comcast's Parker box goes for a test drive at the FCC

January 19, 2012 3:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast is planning its first major rollout of its next-generation Xcalibur service, so it makes sense that reports are surfacing that the box, which is called "Parker" by Comcast, being used for the service is making its way through testing at the Federal Communications Commission.


Time Warner Cable WiFi Finder app now available for iOS devices

January 19, 2012 3:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Following up on a Wi-Fi finder app for Android devices, Time Warner Cable's TWC WiFi Finder app now works with iOS devices.


Latisys adds Comcast's Metro Ethernet to Chicago data center

January 19, 2012 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast Business Services' Metro Ethernet service is now being offered by Latisys in the latter's Chicago-based data center.


Zodiac claims 2 more customers for HTML5 platform

January 19, 2012 3:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The two operators were identified only as Tier 1 North American MSOs. The company previously announced that it has been working with Cablevision and with Videotron.


AT&T hikes data limits – and fees

January 19, 2012 3:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

AT&T is adding more megabits to its data plans, but it's also raising its fees.


U.N. sets stage for blazing-fast new mobile devices

January 19, 2012 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A United Nations telecom meeting has approved the next generation of mobile technology, which experts say will make devices 500 times faster than 3G smartphones and eliminate the wait time between the tap of a finger and the appearance of a Web page.


Google, Wikipedia protest U.S. antipiracy proposals

January 19, 2012 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

January 18 is a date that will live in ignorance, as Wikipedia started a 24-hour blackout of its English-language articles, joining other sites in a protest of pending U.S. legislation aimed at shutting down sites that share pirated movies and other content.


Time Warner Cable wraps up all-digital conversion pilot in Maine

January 18, 2012 1:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable's analog-to-digital conversion pilot project went live in Augusta, Maine, and surrounding communities as the final analog channels were converted to an all-digital format.


Verizon Wireless teams with StrataCache

January 18, 2012 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The two collaborate on a cloud-based approach to updating digital signs in retail outlets, updated via Verizon's LTE network.


Procera Networks scores 3rd follow-on order from top MSO

January 18, 2012 1:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Procera Networks announced that it has rung up a $2 million follow-on order from a top North American MSO.


Outdoor Channel HD now available across nation's top 25 markets

January 18, 2012 1:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Following a deployment in Cox's Arizona system, which serves Phoenix and Tucson, the Outdoor Channel said that Outdoor Channel HD is now available in the nation's top 25 markets.


LightSquared: GPS interference tests 'rigged'

January 18, 2012 1:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

LightSquared said that GPS industry insiders "rigged" tests that found its planned LTE network interfered with GPS receivers so badly that there was no practical way to fix the problem.


Android phones still tops; iPhone gains ground

January 18, 2012 1:37 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

While the iPhone 4S might have been a mild disappointment to many Apple faithful, it apparently spurred droves to choose the iPhone in the fourth quarter of 2011.


Comcast, Verizon kick-start joint marketing effort in Pacific Northwest

January 17, 2012 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Verizon Wireless and Comcast are jumpstarting their new partnership with the cross-selling of each other’s services in Seattle and Portland.



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