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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.

Amino promotes Lingley to chief technologist

November 23, 2011 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Lingley, for the last two years, has been Amino's head of OTT strategy, helping to devise the company's Amino Freedom OTT platform and product range and developing the company's relationship with Intel.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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Videotron pumps $3M into customer contact center

November 21, 2011 2:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Canadian cable operator Videotron announced recently it was investing $3.3 million in its customer contact center in Gatineau.

Expo leftovers

November 21, 2011 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Musings, observations and some notes that didn't make it into last week's coverage of the SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.

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.

CableLabs takes lead on new green CPE program

November 18, 2011 2:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CableLabs is establishing a new lab dedicated to improving the energy efficiency of cable customer premises equipment.

Motorola Mobility investors approve Google acquisition

November 18, 2011 2:37 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility's shareholders approved Google's $12.5 billion buyout deal at a special meeting on Thursday, clearing a key hurdle for the closing of the deal.

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Huawei, ZTE target of House investigation on security threats

November 18, 2011 2:35 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A key congressional intelligence committee has opened an investigation into national security threats posted by Chinese-owned telecommunications companies working in the United States, specifically Huawei and ZTE.

Expo draws 10,000 to ATL; Capacity Management Symposium a hit

November 18, 2011 2:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Attendance for this week's Cable-Tec Expo topped the 10,000 mark, while Monday's first-ever Capacity Management Symposium exceeded attendance expectations.

Comporium Group's Brakefield top dog at Cable-Tec Games

November 18, 2011 2:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

From a field of 28 contestants, Comporium Group's Greg Brakefield emerged as the overall winner of the SCTE International Cable-Tec Games earlier this week.

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.

Wal-Mart ready to settle Netflix case for $27.5M

November 17, 2011 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 25 million current and former Netflix subscribers are being offered a sliver of a $27.5 million payment to settle allegations that the video subscription service and Wal-Mart illegally conspired to inflate prices to rent and buy DVDs.

Alpha expands its Power Services offering

November 17, 2011 1:42 pm | by Traci Patterson | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha Technologies is announcing a significant expansion of its Power Services offering, including the installation, construction and preventative maintenance of critical network power equipment.

Harmonic server gets SSD; company rehires Aden

November 17, 2011 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Harmonic updated its mid-range multichannel media server with solid-state drive (SSD) storage. Separately, the company rehired Matthew Aden to head up sales to MSOs in North America.

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.

Cox to shut down wireless service

November 16, 2011 4:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Late last night, Cox Communications announced that effective today, it will no longer sell its 3G wireless service, although it will continue to provide the service to its customers until March 30.

@ 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.

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