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January 23, 2013
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  • Cisco exec ponders the benefits of the "Internet of Things"
    The convergence of Big Data, increasing connectivity and emerging technologies is cited in predictions by Cisco Systems' chief futurist, Dave Evans. "We see the Internet of Things as a subset of the Internet of Everything," Evans says. "Without the connection between things, arguably their value is significantly diminished." InformationWeek (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CenturyLink widens portfolio, looks to add customers
    With its acquisitions of Embarq, Qwest Communications International and Savvis in recent years, CenturyLink has bolstered its portfolio of cloud-related services and is looking to expand its customer base in the channel, Chad Berndtson writes in this analysis. CenturyLink's Blake Wetzel said, "We want to have a logical amount of growth across the entire portfolio, because there's tons of market to get at here." (U.S.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Verizon's Shammo sees better bottom line on cost cuts, efficiencies
    Profit margins at Verizon Wireless could rise to 50% this year, Fran Shammo, chief financial officer of parent Verizon Communications, said after the company reported quarterly earnings Tuesday. Shammo also predicted that paring $2 billion in wireless costs would improve the telecom's bottom line in 2013, and that the Redbox Instant by Verizon service would become profitable in 2014. On the wireline side, Verizon will continue to gradually wean customers off their copper lines in favor of fiber optics, Shammo said, adding that in 2013, the carrier wants to convert 300,000 out of 3.3 million copper-based subscribers. Reuters (1/22), Light Reading Mobile (1/22), Home Media Magazine (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Thursday's free webinar: Vectoring Demystified
    During this free webinar Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern time, experts from ADTRAN explore the ins and outs of vectoring, a new ultrabroadband technology that has become a hot term. Gain a thorough understanding of vectoring and the various alternatives for implementing vectoring in a typical wire center. Learn more and register -- it's free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Content issues keep consumers at arm's length from TV Everywhere
    TV Everywhere service has proved popular with consumers, but a shortage of content and difficulties in securing agreements with programmers have proved to be obstacles to multiscreen viewing options, according to a Infonetics Research study. "Multiscreen services are quickly becoming a critical service for pay-TV operators worldwide," said Jeff Heynen, an analyst. Content providers are mainly concerned about security issues on mobile devices. (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NPD: Netflix, connected TVs come together for 40% of households
    Netflix's video-streaming service was found in about 40% of the households with an Internet-connected television in the fourth quarter, according to The NPD Group. That level of adoption was even higher with consumers in the 18-to-24 age bracket, at more than 50%, the market research firm reported. "The inherent success of Netflix streaming can be attributed to its content library and TV-centric strategy," NPD's John Buffone wrote. Home Media Magazine (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Survey: U.S. broadband speeds are trending upward
    More U.S. consumers have high-speed broadband than ever before, according to the latest State of the Internet report from Akamai, which found that the number of Americans enjoying capacities of 7.2 megabits per second or higher grew 20% over the past year. South Korea, where half of the population has access to capacities of 10 Mbps or faster, still leads the world in average Internet speeds. GigaOm (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Logitech: Videoconferencing slowdown weighs on bottom line
    Logitech says it will take a $211 million charge against third-quarter earnings to compensate for stagnation in its videoconferencing unit. "The enterprise video conferencing industry has experienced a slowdown in recent quarters and consequently, through this period, the video conferencing reporting unit has not sustained the growth Logitech originally anticipated," the company said in a statement. Reuters (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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