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Israel sets sights on next-generation Internet

January 26, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Israel is often referred to as "Start-up Nation," thanks to its long history of high-tech breakthroughs produced by scrappy little companies. But in one critical area, the speed of Internet connections, Israel has fallen behind other tech-savvy countries.

Social TV evolves with Viggle app for iPhone, iPad

January 25, 2012 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

When you tap the screen, Viggle's software for iPhones and iPads listens to what's on, recognizes what you're watching and gives you credit at roughly two points per minute. It even works for shows you've saved on a DVR.

SEMI Forum set for March 15 in Philly

January 25, 2012 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

If there's any doubt that the cable industry is serious about energy management, it should be dispelled when the SCTE opens the doors on its SEMI (Smart Energy Management Initiative) Forum in Philadelphia.

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Lynch new area VP for Comcast California's Southwest Bay area

January 25, 2012 1:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Cable announced that Amy Lynch is the company's new area vice president for Comcast California's Southwest Bay Area, which marked the first time a woman was picked to oversee the territory that includes Silicon Valley and the San Francisco peninsula.

Concurrent scores a customer win in Poland

January 25, 2012 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Concurrent recently racked up a customer win with Vectra, which is Poland's second-largest cable operator.

Sprint reveals more on roaming; AT&T pounces

January 25, 2012 1:40 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The articles in the Oklahoman and the Kansas City Business Journal seem fairly innocuous: As a cost-cutting measure, Sprint plans to rely more on roaming for rural areas in the two states.

Skyfire raises $8M, gets Verizon backing

January 25, 2012 1:38 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Skyfire Labs, a mobile video optimization company, has raised $8 million in Series C financing, and even though Verizon Investments participated in the round, the company views that as a plus, not a minus, when it comes to getting business with other Tier 1 carriers in North America.

Verizon swings to loss on pension costs

January 24, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon's iPhone sales were strong, while on the wireline side, the company added 201,000 FiOS broadband and 194,000 FiOS video accounts.

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Dish pitches revised LTE plan

January 24, 2012 2:26 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network pitched a revised plan for its yet-unapproved mobile broadband network to FCC officials, according to ex parte documents posted to the agency's website.

BendBroadband names Holmes new VP of technology

January 24, 2012 2:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BendBroadband has appointed Wade Holmes as its new vice president of technology after Holmes served in that role on an interim basis.

Clearwire posts rosy Q4 sales

January 24, 2012 2:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire released preliminary fourth-quarter results indicating that attempts to reinvigorate its business showed some results last quarter.

Azuki offers to manage multi-screen services

January 24, 2012 2:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Give us two days, the company says, and we'll have you up and running with multi-screen services.

Amino picks Celeno's Wi-Fi platform for IPTV STBs

January 24, 2012 2:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Amino Communications has selected Celeno Communications' Wi-Fi solutions for use in its IPTV set-top boxes.

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Optimum Lightpath adds Web conferencing bundle

January 24, 2012 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Optimum Lightpath has introduced a bundle of Web conferencing services targeted to mid-market businesses.

CMC delivers CBeebies preschool channel over VOD

January 24, 2012 2:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BBC Worldwide picked the Comcast Media Center to pitch the programming from Spanish-language channel CBeebies from the CMC's video-on-demand content distribution platform.

AT&T seeks approval for spectrum transfer

January 24, 2012 2:15 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T has officially submitted to the FCC a request for approval to transfer $1 billion worth of spectrum to T-Mobile USA.

In the media: Knology negotiating to pick up 1,000 subs in Fla.

January 23, 2012 1:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to The News Herald, the city of Springfield would make about $3.1 million in infrastructure upgrades before transferring its cable system over to Knology.

Clearwire chases MVNO market with Simplexity deal

January 23, 2012 1:32 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire stepped up its efforts to get more wholesale customers as it braces for the loss of its largest customer, Sprint, which is phasing out devices that use Clearwire's WiMAX network in favor of its own LTE service.

Time Warner Cable serves up live TV in the home with iPhone app

January 20, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable's TWC TV app is now available for use on iPhones, which means subscribers can now watch live shows in their homes, remotely manage their DVRs and change channels with their iPhones.

Google's Q4 disappoints; Android going strong

January 20, 2012 2:08 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Investors dumped shares of Google after the fourth-quarter earnings call, sending shares of the company plummeting 9 percent in after-hours trading, spurred largely in part by a reported 8 percent drop in cost per click (CPC).

Intel's Q4 earnings rise 6%, top St. estimate

January 20, 2012 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel, the world's largest chip-maker, said its profit rose 6 percent in the latest quarter, topping analyst expectations, even as hard drive shortages held back PC makers' chip orders.

Venture capital investments up 19% in Q4

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

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

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