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

Consumer Reports: Vudu’s streaming service tops Netflix for customer satisfaction

July 27, 2012 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Netflix rules the roost when it comes to the overall number of streaming subscribers, but Vudu’s service came out ahead in a recent survey by Consumer Reports.

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Galaxy phones drive Samsung to record profit again

July 27, 2012 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Samsung reported another record-high quarterly profit as customers flocked to Galaxy smartphones, helping it outdo rivals at a challenging time for the global tech industry.

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BendBroadband buys Chambers Cable, plans all-digital upgrade

July 26, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

BendBroadband has bought Chambers Cable System, which serves 3,500 subscribers in Sunriver and Crossriver, Ore., as well as surrounding areas.

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Sprint losses widen as iDEN shutdown advances

July 26, 2012 2:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Sprint said it fell further into the red as the accelerated shutdown of its aging iDEN network pushed up expenses and caused customers to leave for other providers.

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MetroPCS’ VoLTE plans on track for Q3

July 26, 2012 2:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

MetroPCS is confirming its plans to launch an LTE-based voice service in the third quarter after pushing out its debut earlier this year.

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News Corp. buys stake in Roku

July 26, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

News Corp. is a member of an investment group that has injected a whopping $45 million into the streaming video company.

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Alcatel-Lucent to cut 5,000 jobs after loss in Q2

July 26, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Telecoms equipment group Alcatel-Lucent is to cut 5,000 jobs in a multi-million-euro cost drive after it reported a second-quarter net loss of €254 million, or $308 million.

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Former Sen. Gorton joins Clearwire’s board

July 26, 2012 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Gorton represented Washington State in the United States Senate for 18 years.

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Pohl new chairman of BlackArrow’s board of directors

July 26, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cable industry veteran Michael Pohl has been named as BlackArrow’s new chairman of its board of directors.

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Net Insight signs up reseller

July 26, 2012 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

TI Broadcast Solutions Group is a consultancy that helps design broadcast facilities for a range of clients.

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Comcast Ventures leads Series C round of funding for WhoSay

July 25, 2012 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast Ventures was the lead investor in a Series C round of funding for WhoSay that totaled $12 million

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Rogers teams up with SAP for mobile workforce apps

July 25, 2012 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Rogers Communications has joined forces with SAP AG to develop a platform of enterprise mobile applications that can be accessed by employees on their smartphones and tablets. 

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Google breaks down Motorola's $12.5B price tag

July 25, 2012 12:37 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

If $12.5 billion seemed to some Google shareholders like a lot of money to pay for a largely unprofitable handset maker, the Internet search giant is now providing some details about its rationale for the transaction.

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LG Electronics’ profit falls as mobile loses money

July 25, 2012 12:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

LG Electronics reported a lower quarterly profit as its mobile phone division sank to a loss and forecast its earnings to deteriorate further.

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Comcast cues up free Wi-Fi hotspots in Philly area during Olympic Games

July 25, 2012 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has opened up access to indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots for non-subscribers in Philadelphia and  parts of New Jersey and Delaware for the duration of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 

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