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Former Liberty Global exec steps in as CenturyLink’s new CTO

October 28, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

CenturyLink announced this morning that former Liberty Global executive Aamir Hussain has joined the company as its new chief technology officer. Hussain, who reports to CenturyLink CEO and president Glen Post, previously worked in the Netherlands as Liberty Global's managing director and chief technology officer for Europe.

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Softbank ready to splash $10B on India investments

October 28, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Japanese telecommunications company Softbank Corp. said Tuesday it bought stakes in two Indian technology companies and could splash $10 billion on investments in the country over the next decade. Softbank is investing $627 million and becoming the biggest shareholder in Snapdeal, and is also investing $210 million in Ola Cabs.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Pay a success

October 28, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system. While Apple has partnered with major banks and large retail chains including Macy's Inc., Walgreen Co. and McDonald's Corp., critics have noted that it's not accepted by a number of other large chains.

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Deluxe to master films in China Giant Screen format

October 27, 2014 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Deluxe has entered an agreement with China Film Co. to provide mastering services for motion pictures released in the China Giant Screen (CGS) format. Deluxe and China Film also said they will develop a 115,000-cubic-foot mastering facility and screening room in Los Angeles.

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Frontier bobbles takeover of AT&T's Connecticut operations

October 27, 2014 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Frontier Communications wrapped its $2 billion acquisition of AT&T wireline business, statewide fiber network, U-verse operations, and Dish Network customers in Connecticut, marking the occasion with service interruptions in both broadband and TV. The deal was announced at the end of 2013.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick takes on Chromecast, Roku

October 27, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Amazon has jumped into the TV stick arena to compete against similar devices from the likes of Google’s Chromecast and Roku. This morning Amazon announced its Fire TV Stick, which is available to existing and new Amazon Prime customers for $19 over the next two days, or $39 as a standalone. Amazon is currently taking preorders for the Fire Stick with shipping slated for Nov. 19.

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Shentel serves up free Wi-Fi in W.Va.

October 27, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) is helping support the 2014 Create West Virginia Conference by offering free Wi-Fi in Glenville, W.Va. Shentel’s free Wi-Fi offer started on Oct. 15 and is slated to run through the rest of the month.

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NAB chafes at being scapegoat for FCC auction delay

October 27, 2014 12:20 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) fired back at the FCC over implications that further delay of the 600 MHz incentive auction was due to an NAB lawsuit. NAB said the broadcast incentive auctions will be complex and that’s why Congress gave the FCC 10 years to complete the proceedings.

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FCC postpones 600 MHz auction again

October 24, 2014 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The FCC attributed this new delay to legal challenges from broadcasters. The proposal rests on a guarantee to broadcasters that the spectrum can be used without interfering with their signals. Not all broadcasters are satisfied that the FCC is doing that with the way it is evaluating coverage areas.

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AMC enters joint venture to operate BBC America

October 24, 2014 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corp., will retain 50.1 percent ownership. The BBC said in a statement the partnership will help it reach new audiences in the U.S., strengthen BBC America, while creating opportunities for the U.K.'s "creative community."

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Summit Broadband stocks executive ranks

October 24, 2014 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Summit Broadband has hired Peter Murray, formerly with Wireless Access Communications, as director of carrier services. Thomas Foster, previously with Cisco and Time Warner Cable, has joined the company as director of technical operations, overseeing residential field operations.

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Hargray buys Kennedy Cablevision

October 24, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

In order to expand its presence in southeast Georgia, South Carolina-based Hargray Communications announced it has picked up Reidsville, Ga.-based Kennedy Cablevision. In addition to adding Kennedy Cablevision’s residential and commercial customers into the fold, Hargray said the deal would allow it to upgrade its existing network technology and infrastructure as well build out additional infrastructure.

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Rose joins NBCU as SVP of government affairs

October 24, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast NBCUniversal announced this morning that Mitch Rose was hired as senior vice president of government affairs, NBCUniversal. Rose, who will be located in Comcast NBCUniversal’s Washington D.C. office, previously provided strategic counseling to Comcast, NCTA and RIAA, among others, as principal of Mitch Rose Strategic Consulting.

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Cloud business lifts Microsoft's quarterly results

October 24, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft's quarterly profit and revenue sailed past expectations Thursday, as CEO Satya Nadella's push to embrace cloud computing and diversify into mobile devices helped lift sales by 25 percent. Revenue from cloud services, including software delivered over the Internet, more than doubled last quarter at a time when some of Microsoft's better-known segments are slowing.

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Juniper beats Street 3Q forecasts

October 24, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Juniper Networks Inc. on Thursday reported a better-than-expected third quarter and announced plans to increase its share repurchases. But a weak fourth-quarter outlook sent the computer network equipment maker's shares down in extended trading. The Sunnyvale, California-based company reported a third-quarter profit of $103.6 million, or 23 cents per share. 

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