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Analyst sets $1,001 price target on Apple shares

April 3, 2012 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Wall Street analyst set the highest price target yet for Apple shares, valuing them at $1,001 each, or about 62 percent more than their current price.

Tribune pulls its signals from DirecTV

April 2, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DirecTV thought it had forged a gentlemen’s agreement with Tribune just before their retrans contract expired, but. …

Verizon pledges mobile video if AWS deal closes

April 2, 2012 2:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon is reportedly planning a mobile video service if the government clears its multi-billion-dollar spectrum and marketing deal with four cable operators.

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WOW provisions Ultra TV with Sigma Systems

April 2, 2012 2:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The operator uses Sigma products to manage services on its new multi-room entertainment system.

Ericsson closes BelAir acquisition

April 2, 2012 2:41 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The deal adds new Wi-Fi offload capabilities to its infrastructure offerings at a time when wireless operators are increasingly relying on the technology to manage soaring data traffic.

Towerstream cuts deal for Wi-Fi network

April 2, 2012 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company will host Wi-Fi for an unidentified national wireless carrier.

Comcast’s Dan Murphy to open SCTE program

April 2, 2012 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The senior vice president of Comcast’s Central Division will speak at the SCTE Management Development Program in May.

TiVo Premiere available across 70% of Suddenlink’s footprint

March 30, 2012 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Also, Virgin Media announced it is adding TiVo boxes to some new bundles.

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Sprint plans 44% drop in cell sites

March 30, 2012 3:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint’s network overhaul will drop the number of cell sites it operates by 44 percent, executive Bob Azzi said at a conference.

Report: Fiber to businesses still booming in U.S., Europe

March 30, 2012 3:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

A recent study by Vertical Systems Group found that the availability of business fiber continued to climb last year, both in the United States and Europe.

Clicking through the Wild West of video-on-demand

March 30, 2012 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast said it has reached a critical mass in both the number of subscriber who have on-demand and the amount of revenue being generated.

FLA report finds many problems at Foxconn

March 30, 2012 3:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) released its report of the Chinese manufacturer’s facilities and working conditions, which found gross safety and health violations at the plants.

Comcast dials in free text messaging for phone customers

March 29, 2012 2:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is sweetening its voice offering with the inclusion of free text messaging, as well as the ability to transcribe and read voicemail messages.

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In the media: WOW woos Knology on potential sale

March 29, 2012 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WideOpenWest and its private equity owners are taking a serious look-see at putting a bid on Knology.

Dish heads to the cloud for workforce management

March 29, 2012 2:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Working with workforce management specialist Toa Technologies, Dish Network has centralized its national workforce support operation.

SeaChange posts loss post-divestiture

March 29, 2012 2:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company swings to a loss after shedding its server and storage operations.

Shaw Business checks in with Wi-Fi service for medical centers

March 29, 2012 2:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Business, the commercial services arm of Shaw Communications, has inked an agreement to provide Wi-Fi, Internet and networking services to BC Biomedical Laboratories.

Arris workforce management system now supports Android

March 29, 2012 2:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris has added support for the Android OS to its WorkAssure Workforce Management system for service provider customers whose technicians and installers are adopting Android-based mobile devices as work tools.

Report: U.S. smartphone ownership matches feature phones

March 29, 2012 2:35 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Almost half of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones, according to Nielsen.

Best Buy posts dismal Q4, will close 50 stores

March 29, 2012 2:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Best Buy will close 50 of its big-box stores after the company posted fourth-quarter earnings that showed a $1.7 billion loss.

Rogers takes aim at DAI in VOD with BlackArrow

March 28, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BlackArrow notched a big customer win for its dynamic ad insertion (DAI) in VOD platform with Rogers Communications.

Alticast, Cisco help Videotron improve TV service

March 28, 2012 3:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

It also appears that Videotron will offer limited a la carte, as well.

Cisco to buy ClearAccess’ software operation

March 28, 2012 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The acquisition would give Cisco direct title to critical software for home network visibility and management based on TR-069 standards.

Sprint mulls LTE tie-ups with regional carriers

March 28, 2012 3:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint may consider partnering with regional wireless providers on LTE through network sharing and spectrum hosting arrangements, according to a top network executive.

NTIA report identifies prime spectrum, advocates sharing

March 28, 2012 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Commerce, through the NTIA, announced the results of a report that found 95 MHz of prime spectrum could be repurposed for wireless broadband use.

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