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EU court: Countries can't impose Internet filters

November 28, 2011 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A European Union court said Internet service providers cannot be required to install filters that would prevent the illegal downloading of files.

Qualcomm challenges LCDs through new e-reader

November 28, 2011 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new electronics display is poised to challenge power-hungry LCDs after U.S. mobile chip-maker Qualcomm teamed up with a South Korean bookseller to introduce a new e-reader.

Comcast's Augusta GM slides over to Knology

November 23, 2011 1:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast's general manager in Augusta, Ga., is set to join rival over-builder Knology as its new general manager in the same market.

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In the media: Samsung lining up for Google TV

November 23, 2011 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Two weeks after Logitech declared its experience with Google TV was a $100 million debacle, rumors are swirling that Samsung is about to pick up the Google TV ball and start running with it.

Cisco tops in IP edge market; Huawei posts biggest loss

November 23, 2011 1:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cisco increased its carrier router and switch revenue, while Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Juniper Networks and ZTE all posted declines, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.

NSN to terminate 17,000 employees by 2013

November 23, 2011 1:36 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Nokia Siemens Networks will layoff 17,000 workers in a major strategy shift that will see the company focusing more on mobile broadband and related services.

Charter, James Cable complete deal to swap systems

November 22, 2011 2:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications and James Cable have completed their swap of broadband systems in Alabama and Georgia.

Boxee Box adds support for SlingPlayer

November 22, 2011 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Boxee users will be able to take their content with them on the road now that the Boxee Box supports SlingPlayer.

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Netflix seeks to raise at least $400M

November 22, 2011 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix raised $400 million Monday as the video subscription service tries to recover from a customer backlash that has battered its stock and tarnished its brand.

Microsoft buys video search start-up

November 22, 2011 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Microsoft said it is going to buy VideoSurf, with the intent of incorporating the start-up's video-based search and discovery technology into its Xbox Live.

Linksys sets up retail sales site in Europe

November 22, 2011 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco's Linksys operation is adding consumer retail to its website for European markets. The online store will help consumers to research and compare Linksys products and purchase directly for home delivery.

Super committee flop dashes spectrum auction hopes

November 22, 2011 1:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The "super committee" charged with cutting $1.5 trillion from the federal deficit over the next decade was unable to break its bipartisan gridlock, triggering major cuts to the nation's spending on defense, Medicare and other programs.

Penguin suspends library e-books, citing security

November 22, 2011 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the country's largest publishers, Penguin Group, has suspended making e-editions of new books available to libraries and won't allow libraries to loan any e-books for Amazon's Kindle.

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CableLabs opens doors on San Fran facility

November 21, 2011 2:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CableLabs employees will be better able to rub elbows with software developers, venture capitalists and other high-tech entities with the opening of its new office in San Francisco.

Comcast goes full-footprint with Dory gateway

November 21, 2011 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast is preparing wider commercialization of its home gateway that combines an embedded multimedia terminal adapter (EMTA), a cable modem and a Wi-Fi router.

Clearwire slammed as CEO reportedly mulls default

November 18, 2011 4:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The stock of wireless broadband network operator Clearwire is plunging after a report quoted its chief executive as saying that the company is weighing whether to make a large debt payment on Dec. 1.

TWC serves up ESPN3 hoops games on Sports Pass

November 17, 2011 1:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is serving up a slate of ESPN3 college basketball games to multi-screens through its Sports Pass tier.

Midcontinent expands optical network footprint with Infinera

November 17, 2011 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Midcontinent Communications has extended its DTN platform for its latest backbone network expansion, connecting the systems in Minnesota that Midcontinent picked up with its acquisition of US Cable.

CommScope helps ops with high-bandwidth services

November 17, 2011 1:34 pm | by Traci Patterson | News | Comments

CommScope is ready to assist cable operators that are deploying technology to support their customers' ever-increasing demand for new and higher-bandwidth services.

Incognito, Applied Broadband ally on IP device management

November 17, 2011 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Incognito Software and Applied Broadband said they are partnering on a subscriber consumption management solution for cable operators, which are struggling with the issue of provisioning the growing number of IP devices being used by consumers.

Skype adds Facebook video chatting to software

November 17, 2011 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet phone service Skype is letting users of its computer-based software make video calls to their Facebook friends and receive them, too.

CED’s 2011 Pacesetter Awards

November 16, 2011 8:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The 2011 class of Pacesetter Award recipients represent innovators in a number of endeavors crucial to the competitive viability of cable operators around the world, including business services, optical networking and multi-screen delivery.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: IP video transition – how to get there from here

November 16, 2011 4:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While there may not be a clear theme emerging from this week's Cable-Tec Expo, it was standing room only at the IP Video Transition technical workshop.

Boxee adds live TV to its mix

November 16, 2011 4:40 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Boxee is promising a dongle for its Boxee Box that will enable users in North America to watch over-the-air channels and – the company expects – provide greater incentive to its customers to cut the cord.

Alpha intros next-gen XM3-HP power supply

November 16, 2011 4:31 pm | by Traci Patterson | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha Technologies is introducing its next-generation outside plant broadband power supply, the Alpha XM3-HP CableUPS, to address the ever-increasing power demands of today's communications networks.

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