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Study finds tablet, e-book ownership soared

January 23, 2012 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tablets and e-readers were a popular gift over the holidays, so much so that the number of people who own them nearly doubled between mid-December and January, a new study found.

Cable ops divulge Verizon marketing deals to FCC

January 20, 2012 2:13 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Four cable companies selling a massive swath of AWS spectrum to Verizon Wireless for nearly $4 billion have decided to tell the FCC about the extensive marketing deals that go along with the transactions, but they don't want the details made public.

DirecTV dispute with Sunbeam has viewers in dark

January 20, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV and the owner of TV stations in Miami and Boston are in a standoff over fees the satellite provider pays to run broadcast programming, leaving tens of thousands of viewers unable to see shows ranging from "American Idol" to the NFL playoffs.

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SeaChange tabs Bornak as new chief financial officer

January 20, 2012 2:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International has hired Michael Bornak as its new chief financial officer. Bornak will also serve as treasurer, secretary, and senior vice president of finance and administration at SeaChange.

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.

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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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.

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.

Procera Networks scores 3rd follow-on order from top MSO

January 18, 2012 1:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Procera Networks announced that it has rung up a $2 million follow-on order from a top North American MSO.

Android phones still tops; iPhone gains ground

January 18, 2012 1:37 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

While the iPhone 4S might have been a mild disappointment to many Apple faithful, it apparently spurred droves to choose the iPhone in the fourth quarter of 2011.

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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.

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.

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.

SeaChange CFO Bisson departs

January 16, 2012 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International chief financial officer Kevin Bisson has left the company to accept a position at another publicly traded company.

CES chalks up several new records

January 16, 2012 2:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Last week's 2012 International CES event in Las Vegas was a record-breaking show on several levels for the Consumer Electronics Association.

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.

Apple discloses suppliers for 1st time

January 16, 2012 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has disclosed a list of its suppliers for the iPhone, iPad and other popular gadgets for the first time amid growing criticism over labor and environmental practices, especially in China.

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.

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