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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

U.K. court sides with Samsung in Apple suit

October 19, 2012 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The panel's upholding of the findings by a lower court endorses the U.K. judgment, which made headlines around the world when it was handed down in July. Judge Colin Birss had then gushed over Apple's design, while knocking back the company's case against its rival.

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Former Canoe exec Lins lands at Clear Channel Outdoor

October 19, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Former Canoe Ventures chief marketing officer Vicki Lins has landed a new job as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Clear Channel Outdoor Americas (CCOA). In her new job, Lins will lead the marketing strategy and execution for the CCOA business.

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Venture funding, number of deals decline in Q3

October 19, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Funding for start-ups declined 12 percent in the July-to-September period as venture capitalists spent less money on fewer deals, according to a new report. Companies in the early stages of funding saw declines as investors stayed cautious and life sciences funding remained lackluster.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: New DOCSIS

October 18, 2012 4:22 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The next iteration of DOCSIS, version 3.1, is going to incorporate a new modulation scheme, along with more sophisticated forward error correction (FEC). It will support transmission speeds up to 10 Gbps downstream and 1 Gbps upstream. DOCSIS 3.1 will rely on OFDM.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: Cable gears up for CCAP

October 18, 2012 4:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The payoffs for combining cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) and edge QAMs on the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) are obvious to the most casual observer, but there are some operational procedures and training that need to be in place in order to reap the benefits of the new CCAP platform.

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Time Warner Cable, Bright House join EIDR coalition

October 18, 2012 4:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks were the latest cable operators to join the Entertainment ID Registry (EIDR), which is a coalition promoting the use of a unique, global identifier of entertainment assets, including films and television episodes.

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Blackley latest ex-Cablevision exec to join Charter

October 18, 2012 4:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Jim Blackley has joined the roster of former Cablevision Systems executives that have migrated over to Charter Communications. Blackley was hired as Charter Communications' executive vice president of engineering and information technology.

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Share Everything boosts Verizon’s Q3

October 18, 2012 4:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The parent of the nation's largest cell phone company on Thursday reported a blowout number of new devices on its network, boosted by the revolutionary plan, introduced four months ago. The plan made it cheaper for households to add wireless service to tablets and laptops.

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Sprint acquires controlling stake in Clearwire

October 18, 2012 4:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Sprint has acquired a controlling stake in Clearwire, a deal which has implications for Sprint's pending buyout deal with Softbank. Sprint is paying $100 million to purchase shares from Clearwire founder Craig McCaw's investment firm Eagle River Holdings.

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Cable community kick starts SCTE Foundation’s ACE campaign

October 18, 2012 4:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Foundation announced that the cable industry collectively donated $965,000 to its Advancing Cable Excellence (ACE) campaign. The funds will be used to advance the capabilities of the cable telecommunications engineering workforce.

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SCTE honors those with decades of contributions

October 18, 2012 4:06 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

A day after being named director of SCTE Region 12, Joseph Guariglia, vice president of technical operations at Comcast’s Greater Boston Region, was named the SCTE’s Member of the Year. The SCTE said Guariglia distinguished himself during the past year.

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FCC approves new WCS rules

October 18, 2012 4:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

AT&T and satellite radio provider Sirius XM submitted the revised rules that the two companies say would limit interference between Satellite Digital Audio Radio Services (SDARS) and providers of wireless communications, both of which have been operating for the past 15 years in the 2.3 GHz band.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: Cablevision’s user interface marches into STBs

October 17, 2012 4:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After launching its Onyx user interface on computers and mobile devices earlier this year, Cablevision Systems started deploying the advanced interactive program guide on set-top boxes a few weeks ago, and so far, the early returns are good.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: Ludington kicks off Expo; Foote wins Chairman’s Award

October 17, 2012 4:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Orlando edition of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo kicked off with opening remarks from SCTE President and CEO Mark Dzuban and Program Committee Chairman Jim Ludington. Dzuban thanked his staff, Program Committee members and sponsors in his remarks.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: Innovation top of mind for small cable operators

October 17, 2012 4:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The opening general session, “Mid-size insights: Challenges faced by Tier 2 and 3 cable operators – CTO Panel,” delved into the successes and frustrations of not being Comcastic. There are still roughly 1,000 independent operators that serve tens of millions of subscribers despite the consolidation.

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