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DOJ, FCC concerns are delaying Verizon AWS deal

July 13, 2012 2:52 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

The federal antitrust regulator is said to be delaying approval of the spectrum purchase because of concerns that side deals to cross-sell each other's products amount to a non-compete agreement.


Price hike still haunts Netflix stock 1 year later

July 13, 2012 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Netflix is more popular among couch potatoes than investors after its polarizing decision to raise U.S. prices for video subscription services.


Report: Consumers adopt more smartphones in Q2

July 13, 2012 2:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

As a result of that trend, total smartphone penetration grew to 54.9 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers.


PC sales fall 6% to 11% in U.S. during Q2

July 13, 2012 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Personal computer sales sagged as shifting technology trends, upcoming product releases and a shaky economy dampened demand for the machines currently on the market.


Vecima sells more assets

July 13, 2012 2:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company dumps more real estate to raise cash as it transitions to a new generation of technology.


NBC launches 2 apps to watch the Olympics

July 13, 2012 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

NBC launched two mobile apps that will let people watch Olympics events as they happen, look up athlete profiles and access other extra content on their iPads, iPhones and certain Android devices.


Canadian court scraps royalty for online downloads

July 13, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Canada's Supreme Court ruled that songwriters and music publishers are not entitled to royalties for song and video game downloads.


Time Warner Cable service focuses on moving subs

July 12, 2012 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The new program is designed to help moving customers get their cable services in their new digs up and running ASAP.


Judge lets start-up relay live TV to iPhones in NYC

July 12, 2012 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The judge said the case probably would have been decided in favor of the broadcasters were it not for the case challenging Cablevision's RS-DVR system.


Viacom blocks online episodes in DirecTV fight

July 12, 2012 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Viacom shut off access to full-length episodes on its own websites such as and to all visitors, even those who have no stake in the dispute.


Hyatt begins rollout of interactive TV

July 12, 2012 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The system, provided by start-up Roomlinx, enables customers to access hotel services through onscreen menus.


FreedomPop adds Sprint LTE to MVNO mix

July 12, 2012 2:42 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

FreedomPop is adding Sprint's soon-to-be-launched LTE network to its free wireless service and reportedly plans to phase out its use of Clearwire's WiMAX network.


NYC bringing wireless Internet to pay phone kiosks

July 12, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

New Yorkers have been making fewer and fewer calls on the city's 12,000 pay phones, yet the kiosks will likely be getting heavier use soon.


W.Va. officials defend stimulus broadband spending

July 12, 2012 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

West Virginia bought more than 1,000 expensive Internet routers from Cisco with federal stimulus funds.


Hevey is WICT’s Woman of the Year

July 12, 2012 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Women in Cable Telecommunications named Carol Hevey, executive vice president of the East Region at Time Warner Cable, as the recipient of its 2012 Woman of the Year award.



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