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January 29, 2013
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  • Samsung, Verizon add app capabilities for FiOS TV
    Samsung Electronics America and Verizon Communications have expanded the capabilities of FiOS TV on the Samsung Smart Hub, adding 49 more television channels and offering access to Verizon's FiOS video-on-demand content. The FiOS TV application for Samsung Blu-ray players and Internet-connected TVs takes the place of a set-top box. New channels for FiOS TV on the Samsung platform include CNN, Comedy Central, HBO, TBS and TNT. (1/28), Home Media Magazine (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business & Industry Watch 
  • How Ritter Communications plans to remain a family-owned telecom
    Ritter Communications has been a family-owned local telecom company in Arkansas for five generations. "The third- and fourth-generation shareholders have realized that if [Ritter] will remain a family business for another five generations, we need to be actively [engaged] in keeping the next generation interested in being owners of the business," said former CEO Dan Hatzenbuehler. "We're putting in place programs to educate the fifth generation about the business -- what their inheritance is and what the legacy is of the business." (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • An Introduction to WebRTC
    This free webinar on Feb. 7 explains the basics of WebRTC (Web real-time communications), which adds voice and video capabilities to Web browsers without any download and without Flash, as part of HTML5. Gain insight into what it could mean to your business. Learn more and register -- it's free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Netflix plans $400 million debt offering and more original shows
    Netflix plans to raise $400 million to help fund more original programming, executives say. The streaming-video and DVD content provider wants to put half the money to work refinancing existing debt, which would provide more flexibility to invest in "future originals," the company said last week in a note to shareholders. Netflix has put cash behind five original series, including the $100 million "House of Cards," which will premiere Friday. All Things D (1/29), Multichannel News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Cisco targets converged networks with Catalyst 3850 switch
    Cisco Systems has introduced an integrated switch and WLAN controller combo to meet the demands of the bring-your-own-device community by making it easier to unify the management of converged wireless and wireline networks. The Catalyst 3850 Unified Access Switch is powered by a specialized programmable ASIC called Unified Access Data Plane and includes a built-in 40G WLAN controller and support for Cisco's software-defined networking architecture. Network World (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IP Download 
  • Startups emphasize cloud management at Cisco event
    Lyatiss and other startups are showing off their products and services for the computing cloud at the Cisco Systems event in London this week. The CloudWeaver platform from Lyatiss is said to offer greater user monitoring of Amazon Web Services, while Anuta Networks hopes to stand out for its offering that makes the setup of network services in the cloud automated. Light Reading (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Juniper shifts gears on P-OTS strategy by trimming product line
    Juniper Networks has discontinued marketing efforts for its next-generation PTX9000 packet transport switch on the grounds that the product was too specialized for mass consumption. The company says it will still offer the PTX9000 -- which was slated to begin shipping at the end of 2012 -- on a custom basis but will construct its packet-optical transport strategy around the smaller PTX5000. Juniper says the PTX5000, which was chosen for use last year by Verizon, supports capacities of 480 Gbps per port. Light Reading (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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