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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.

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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.

Zodiac claims 2 more customers for HTML5 platform

January 19, 2012 3:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two operators were identified only as Tier 1 North American MSOs. The company previously announced that it has been working with Cablevision and with Videotron.

AT&T hikes data limits – and fees

January 19, 2012 3:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is adding more megabits to its data plans, but it's also raising its fees.

U.N. sets stage for blazing-fast new mobile devices

January 19, 2012 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A United Nations telecom meeting has approved the next generation of mobile technology, which experts say will make devices 500 times faster than 3G smartphones and eliminate the wait time between the tap of a finger and the appearance of a Web page.

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Google, Wikipedia protest U.S. antipiracy proposals

January 19, 2012 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

January 18 is a date that will live in ignorance, as Wikipedia started a 24-hour blackout of its English-language articles, joining other sites in a protest of pending U.S. legislation aimed at shutting down sites that share pirated movies and other content.

Verizon Wireless teams with StrataCache

January 18, 2012 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two collaborate on a cloud-based approach to updating digital signs in retail outlets, updated via Verizon's LTE network.

Clearfield adds mid-size access point

January 18, 2012 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The new FieldSmart Fiber Delivery Point (FDP) Outdoor 48-Port Wall Mount Panel hits the spot between larger-scale OSP deployments and smaller MDU applications.

LightSquared: GPS interference tests 'rigged'

January 18, 2012 1:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared said that GPS industry insiders "rigged" tests that found its planned LTE network interfered with GPS receivers so badly that there was no practical way to fix the problem.

Comcast, Verizon kick-start joint marketing effort in Pacific Northwest

January 17, 2012 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and Comcast are jumpstarting their new partnership with the cross-selling of each other’s services in Seattle and Portland.

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Dzuban inks 5-year deal to continue at helm of SCTE

January 17, 2012 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has extended the term of Mark Dzuban as president and CEO of the organization through the next five years.

Cheetah upgrades its network monitoring system

January 17, 2012 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The company adds the ability to analyze QAM video carriers and expands spectrum coverage to 1 GHz.

BlackArrow beefs up exec team with Matarese, Iboshi, McCormick

January 17, 2012 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor BlackArrow has added three new executives to its team as the company broadens its reach into multi-platform advertising opportunities.

Clearwire, China Mobile deepen TD-LTE partnership

January 17, 2012 1:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

There's a catch: The development of equipment and devices for TD-LTE lags behind FDD-LTE, the standard used in Verizon Wireless and AT&T's LTE networks.

Nortel fraud trial begins

January 17, 2012 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fraud case against three former Nortel Networks executives who are accused of falsifying financial reports began eight years after they were fired.

Rogers launches free sports barker channel to digital subs

January 16, 2012 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Claiming an industry first in Canada, Rogers Communications has rolled out a barker channel, Sportsnews, for free to its digital customers.

Hulu to launch 1st original scripted show

January 16, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hulu will broadcast its first original scripted series, a political comedy that will debut during the real-life Republican presidential primary.

Rural turns to white space

January 16, 2012 2:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Like most wireless Internet service providers, Jab Broadband relies on unlicensed spectrum to get its service out to sparsely populated areas where there's only dial-up service.

Officials: Broadband plan would disrupt GPS

January 16, 2012 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tests show that even the modified plans of the company LightSquared to start up a national high-speed wireless broadband network would cause harmful interference with GPS signals, federal officials said in a letter.

Hulu Plus ends year with 1.5M subscribers

January 13, 2012 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hulu Plus, the online video subscription service owned by major broadcast networks ABC, Fox and NBC, reached a new milestone at the end of the year, with 1.5 million paying subscribers a little more than a year after its formal launch.

STMicroelectronics proposes green home control system

January 13, 2012 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Solar-powered sensors and monitors can be distributed throughout the home and can connect through a gateway, set-top or PC.

FCC opens docket on Verizon AWS buys

January 12, 2012 2:21 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has started formal proceedings for its review of Verizon Wireless' multi-billion-dollar purchases of AWS spectrum from a group of cable companies that purchased the spectrum five years ago but never realized their plans to use it.

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