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Google's pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets

August 19, 2014 11:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further. Although Page has been taking risks since he co-founded Google with Sergey Brin 1998, the stakes probably wouldn't be as high if not for the company's pivotal IPO on Aug. 19, 2004.

Canby Telecom establishes gigabit service

August 18, 2014 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Canby Telecom is deploying Adtran’s fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) portfolio, including the vendor’s...

Gore sues Al Jazeera America for unpaid millions

August 18, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America, saying the news...

Report: Internet content providers boost optical spending in North America

August 18, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a surge in spending by Internet content providers in North America, optical spending...

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Samsung snaps up smart home startup

August 15, 2014 12:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics has purchased SmartThings, a start-up that makes a residential hub for connecting smart home appliances, along with small line of such products. Neither company revealed a purchase price. Several media outlets put the tag at about $200 million.

Buffett's firm invests in Charter Communications

August 15, 2014 11:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Billionaire Warren Buffett's company has revealed a new stake in Charter Communications Inc. and made several other tweaks to its $108 billion U.S. stock portfolio. Berkshire said it owned 2.3 million shares of cable television provider Charter, which is based in Stamford, Connecticut, at the end of June.

Former Charter exec leads SmartHome Ventures into home automation market

August 14, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Led by former Charter Communications executive Ted Schremp, SmartHome Ventures has tossed its hat into the home automation arena. SmartHome Ventures, which was founded last year, is seeking to standout from the rest of the crowded home automation field by offering a low-cost platform that customers can purchase in retail outlets prior to doing self-installs.

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Cisco to lay off up to 6,000 workers

August 14, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring. The company, which makes routers, switches and software, said the layoffs will affect workers in operations around the world. 

Comcast, NBCUniversal hire 3,000 veterans

August 13, 2014 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and NBCUniversal have hired 3,000 veterans since January of 2012 as part their ongoing partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring Our Heroes” initiative. NBCUniversal and Comcast’s goal was to hire 2,000 veterans through the program by 2015. 

Apple's tech jobs held mostly by white, Asian men

August 13, 2014 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics. A breakdown released Tuesday by Apple Inc. showed 54 percent of the company's technology jobs in the U.S. are filled by whites and another 23 percent by Asians.

Amazon goes after mobile payments with 'Local Register'

August 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Amazon today announced a new point of sale (POS) solution that will provide the company with an inroad to brick and mortar retailers. Called Amazon Local Register, the payment solution consists of a secure card reader and mobile app that will allow local businesses to accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet and keep track of their business. 

The leaders in leading in the lede

August 12, 2014 11:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

In Perspective: I am here to ask for the curtailment – if not the total cessation – of a particularly pernicious practice that has taken over the public relations industry in the last three years. It’s leading in the lede, like so: “TecTronTelVision, a leader in blah blah blah…”

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Channeling cable’s past

August 12, 2014 11:18 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

Memory Lane: The long warfare between the cable and broadcast television industries obscures a fundamental consensus. Cable providers have always embraced a mainstay of the broadcasting world: the concept of a TV “channel.”

Connecting the dots to learning and leadership at Expo

August 12, 2014 11:06 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President & CEO, SCTE | Articles | Comments

Engineering-Wise: Lindsay Johnston joined us earlier this year as SVP, operations. She’s taken on a variety of responsibilities – our new Corporate Alliance Program (CAP), SCTE organizational leadership and industry ambassadorship, among others – with a gusto that gets results.

The Second Machine Age

August 12, 2014 11:02 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

Ciciora's Corner: What’s really impressive to me is how fortunate we are to be living at this time. A mere couple of hundred years ago, we’d almost all be farmers coming from a long line of farmers (with a very few of us being nobility, living off of the hard work of the farmers).

ESPN's Driessen named WICT's Woman of the Year

August 12, 2014 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Christine Driessen, executive vice president and chief financial officer, ESPN, was named by WICT as its 2014 Woman of the Year. Jennifer Mirgorod of Turner Broadcasting System and Deborah Picciolo of Time Warner Cable are the organization's two Women To Watch.

SCTE to provide details on Energy 2020 during Expo session

August 12, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Spearheaded by Comcast’s John Schanz and other industry thought leaders, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) will provide more details on its recently announced Energy 2020 initiative at Cable-Tec Expo next month in Denver. Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president of Comcast Cable, will speak about the cable industry’s new collaborative energy program that was first announced in June. 

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Senators propose a la carte for broadcast stations

August 11, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Two Senators have floated an idea for fixing the retransmission consent mess; they are proposing a la carte for broadcast stations. The idea would be that broadcasters who charge too much might find themselves losing viewers and therefore money.   

Judge rejects $324.5M settlement of tech wage case

August 11, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to block their top employees from getting better job offers. The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh scotches a settlement reached in April, prolonging a 3-year-old case.

Suddenlink begins gigabit upgrade

August 8, 2014 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO has embarked on a three-year program to accelerate Internet service rates. It plans to increase the rate of its Flagship 15 Mbps tier to 200 Mbps, and its top Billboard 107 Mbps tier to 1 Gbps. The company anticipates expanding its capex by $230 million.

AMC Networks 2Q profit falls 57 percent

August 8, 2014 12:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AMC Networks Inc. on Thursday reported earnings that decreased by 57 percent in its second quarter, but beat analysts' expectations. The New York-based company said net income fell to $58.7 million, or 81 cents per share, from $135.7 million, or $1.87 per share, in the same quarter one year earlier.

Comcast checks in with Doctor On Demand

August 7, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has signed on as a client of San Francisco-based Doctor On Demand in order to provide its employees video visits with the healthcare service’s doctors. Comcast plans on integrating Doctor On Demand into its health and wellness offerings and will, for certain plans, fully subsidize employees’ video visits with Doctor On Demand physicians

Fox: No more pursuits of content companies

August 7, 2014 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. executives said Wednesday that the company won't try to buy any other big content companies, a day after it called off its pursuit of rival media giant Time Warner Inc. Fox Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey said on a conference call with analysts that "we have no plans to pursue any other third-party content company as an alternative to Time Warner."

Sprint CEO Hesse out, T-Mobile merger off

August 6, 2014 1:59 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Brightstar CEO Marcelo Claure will take over as President and CEO at Sprint. Claure founded Brightstar, a wireless distribution company, and earlier this year sold a majority stake to SoftBank for $1.26 billion. After the sale he joined the board at Sprint, also owned by SoftBank.

Vyve fills out Oklahoma footprint with acquisitions

August 6, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Vyve Broadband said it has acquired certain assets of Reach Broadband and all the assets of Lakeview Cable. The acquisitions fill out Vyve’s footprint in Oklahoma. The former Reach and Lakeview systems have already been merged into Vyve's operations.

Dish's Q2 profit not enough to make analysts happy

August 6, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Englewood, Colorado-based company reported net income of $213.3 million, or 46 cents per share, compared with a loss of $11.1 million, or 2 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago. The company's results missed analysts' expectations.

Synacor taps Comcast exec to lead turnaround

August 6, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Synacor appointed former Comcast Cable manager Himesh Bhise as chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors. The company announced in March that CEO Ron Frankel would be stepping down following the company's 2013 loss.

Alternatives to passwords gain traction

August 5, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Passcodes are a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more.

TWC joins green fleet program

August 5, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TWC is joining a program administered by the DOE to reduce petroleum use within its fleet of more than 20,000 service trucks and vehicles. Participation in the DOE’s Clean Cities’ National Clean Fleet Partnership is part of the company’s “Go Green” initiative.

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