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November 21, 2012
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  News of the Day 
  • FCC wants Connect America to be more attractive
    With AT&T and Verizon Communications declining to accept funding from the Federal Communications Commission for the first phase of the Connect America Fund program, the FCC is proposing modifying its requirements for receiving the money. Once such modification would involve expanding the definition of "unserved" broadband users to those with downstream data transmission rates of 4 megabits per second and upstream rates of 1 Mbps, this article notes. The commission still has $185 million to allocate for Connect America Phase I. Broadcasting & Cable (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business & Industry Watch 
  • NYC pay phones get "smart" screens
    Ten pay phones in Manhattan's Union Square have been upgraded with screens that display community information and current events and include features for those who have disabilities. Developed through a private-public partnership, another 240 of the screens, called City24/7, will be installed throughout New York City over the next few months. The Wall Street Journal/The Associated Press (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Video Upload 
  • Hulu Plus releases app for Nintendo's Wii U hand-held screen
    The Nintendo Wii U will include an application on its hand-held screen for Hulu Plus, the premium online streaming-video service. The app links the gaming screen to television sets by providing viewers with additional navigational tools that offer more information on the "WiiPad" as thumbnail descriptions pop up on the set. Other features on the hand-held console include playback controls, a list of the video's contents and the ability to switch the set's content to the small screen. VentureBeat (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Digital services make a small dent in premium TV, report says
    Premium networks carried by multichannel video services have lost few subscribers because of the popularity of online-video services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, according to a report from Futuresource Consulting, which predicts that less than 5% of U.S. subscribers would drop their services because of the subscription video-on-demand services. The firm found that 86% of households pay for a monthly service, and that premium networks' revenues grew 4.3% in 2011. Home Media Magazine (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Technology Trends 
  • F5, Riverbed offer virtual APCs through Amazon VPC
    Enterprises that rely on virtual appliances from F5 Networks or Riverbed Technology will now be able to access their products through Amazon's Virtual Private Cloud, the companies have announced. The companies made the decision based on customer demand for private versions of their virtual application delivery controllers. Light Reading (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Home automation shipments trend upward, ABI reports
    Home automation shipments in the U.S. have almost doubled in 2012 compared with last year, according to ABI Research. Recent entrants in the North American market include AT&T, Bright House Networks, Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and Verizon Communications. (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IP Download 
  • Exec: Giving thanks for telecom growth
    The 865,000 people in the U.S. who earn a living in the telecom industry have lot to be grateful for this year, writes David Byrd, chief marketing officer of ANPI ZONE, noting that the industry now accounts for 13.7% of U.S. GDP and is worth more than $1 trillion. He adds that thanks to more regulatory certainty and the continued rise of wireline and wireless broadband services, the industry is thriving, with the U.S. accounting for a large percentage of the growth. Channel Partners/Peer-to-Peer blog (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • The dailyLead will not publish Thursday and Friday
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., the dailyLead will not be published Thursday and Friday. Publication will resume Monday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."
--Thornton Wilder,
American playwright and novelist

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