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December 6, 2012
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  • AT&T talks U-verse
    With 4.34 million subscribers, AT&T's Internet protocol-based U-verse television service is now the seventh-largest pay-TV service in the U.S., executives said at the company's recent conference for consumer industry analysts. AT&T continues to add features to U-verse TV, such as a Facebook application introduced in August, they noted. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business & Industry Watch 
  • House tells ITU negotiators to stay firm on Web freedom
    The House of Representatives followed the Senate's lead Wednesday and unanimously adopted a resolution urging U.S. negotiators not to relent in demanding that global Internet freedom be preserved at the U.N. International Telecommunication Union summit. Lawmakers said they hoped the measure -- similar to one approved by a House panel in June -- would discourage ITU members from allowing governments to put controls on Internet use. Network World/IDG News Service (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MetroPCS sees Sprint as major distraction to T-Mobile merger
    MetroPCS CEO Roger Linquist said investors were undervaluing the prepaid carrier's shares in advance of its planned merger with T-Mobile USA because they are too focused on a potential Sprint Nextel bid for his company instead of how the T-Mobile deal would boost MetroPCS' cash flow. "Everybody's focused on the interloper. It's a huge distraction," he said Wednesday. He added that Softbank's bid to buy 70% of Sprint would complicate any interest that Sprint would have in MetroPCS. Reuters (12/5), The Wall Street Journal (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What do you know about Long-Term Evolution (LTE)?
    This free webinar, presented by best-selling author Annabel Z. Dodd, provides a valuable overview of LTE technology, services, opportunities and issues. Plan now to attend this Jan. 17 webinar to learn how LTE differs from earlier generations of mobile services and how these differences make LTE a powerful means of improving capacity on mobile networks. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Video Upload 
  • CEO: Aereo relies on the cloud to deliver cheaper TV service
    Aereo maintains an "antenna farm" in Brooklyn, N.Y., where thousands of mini-antennas capture broadcast signals in New York City, then provide those broadcasts for subscribers to record or watch, CEO Chet Kanojia notes. The data storage capacity needed to support that operation is made possible by cloud computing, he says. "The cost structure based on the cloud is a fraction of what it was," he adds. GigaOm (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Use of mobile apps increasing, could overtake TV viewing
    While the average amount of time Americans spend watching TV while surfing the Web with desktop-PC browsers has remained fairly steady in the past two years, the time spent with mobile applications is up 35% this year to an average of 127 minutes a day, according to Flurry. "We ultimately expect apps on tablets and smartphones to challenge broadcast television as the dominant channel for media consumption," Flurry CEO Simon Khalaf said. Meanwhile, Nielsen reports 1 in 5 U.S. homes now has a tablet computer and 40% of those tablet owners use them on a daily basis while watching TV. TechCrunch (12/5), MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Experts question viability of leaked deep packet inspection standard
    A leaked copy of a proposed global interoperability standard on deep packet inspection has some experts scratching their heads in wonder over both the motivation for and viability of the project. According to Richard Chirgwin, writing for The Register, much of the International Telecommunication Union standard -- which was mistakenly revealed in a recent e-mail -- describes existing components of DPI systems, meaning it is unlikely to have a significant effect on the Internet, as some critics worry. The Register (U.K.) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IP Download 
  • Can promised gigabit speeds be delivered?
    Several communities in the U.S. promise gigabit broadband, as do South Korea and some Swedish ISPs, but the reality of achieving these speeds falls short of the promise, according to a published report that explains why less ambitious speeds achieved by ISPs often match the more highly hyped networks. Business Insider/The Economist (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Platform allows patient monitoring via live video chat
    AT&T has unveiled a cloud-based remote-patient-monitoring platform designed to enable physicians to better monitor their patients' chronic conditions, including diabetes and heart disease, via video chat. Video chatting may allow clinicians to observe signs of problems such as mood and skin color changes that they would not be able to note through a phone conversation, according to an AT&T official. eWeek (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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