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November 16, 2012
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  • Verizon, Time Warner won't pull plug on suspected pirates
    Verizon Communications and Time Warner Cable have no plans to take away service from customers suspected of downloading copyrighted materials illegally, even though they are participating in the "six strikes" program aimed at discouraging piracy, executives told an Internet Society forum on Thursday. Executives at the two companies said the agreement requires them only to keep informing subscribers that they are breaking copyright laws. Violators could still be subject to civil lawsuits from copyright holders. CNET/Politics and Law blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business & Industry Watch 
  • Alcatel may sell off patents as cash runs low
    Alcatel-Lucent may shed some patents to boost its shrinking cash supply, the telecom gear manufacturer's chief financial officer said Thursday. "It will be hard to find a company with as broad a patent portfolio as ours, so I think it's very attractive ... and there could be a lot of interest from a lot of different sources," Paul Tufano said at an investor conference. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC chief joins opponents of ITU cybersecurity mandates
    A multilateral treaty covering the global management of voice, video and data traffic should not include a cybersecurity component, says Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, who warns that applying "one-size-fits-all" guidelines to all nations would ultimately prove counterproductive. Genachowski's concerns are shared by the head of the U.S. delegation to the International Telecommunications Regulations treaty, which will be revised next month for the first time in more than two decades. Ambassador Terry Kramer has called a cybersecurity proposal a "dead end" to treaty negotiations. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Video Upload 
  • AT&T U-verse agrees to carry San Diego news channel
    AT&T's U-verse TV has reached a deal to carry U-T San Diego, a news-based service backed by the local Union-Tribune newspaper that launched online in May before securing local pay-TV distribution. U-T, which is already carried by Cox Cable in the area, said it was also in talks with Time Warner Cable, but not satellite providers. San Diego Union-Tribune (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Netflix wants to play nice with the TV business, exec says
    In the U.K., Netflix depends on the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and other providers of video content for much of what it offers to subscribers, according to Kelly Merryman, the company's vice president of content. Speaking at an industry conference, Merryman emphasized that Netflix is not working against the interests of Internet protocol television providers and other pay-TV distributors. Rapid TV News (U.K.) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Analysts find more firms leaping unprepared into the cloud
    More enterprises are adopting a build-first, make-plans-later approach when it comes to cloud computing, choosing to move forward with public, private and hybrid cloud migrations even though they have yet to establish a strategy for using the new platforms. A poll of companies conducted by IDC found more than half of firms in the U.K., France and Germany say they are continuing to develop their cloud roadmaps post-migration, while many companies that have formulated strategies remain focused on basic IT-centric needs. ZDNet (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IP Download 
  • AT&T to add wireless landline option for rural customers
    AT&T is introducing a wireless-based landline service as it seeks to reduce costs for its rural customer base and accelerate its transition from TDM to IP-based networks. In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the carrier said its Mobile Premises Services would give customers in some areas the option of connecting their landline phones to adapters that allow them to place and receive calls via AT&T's wireless network. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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