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November 6, 2012
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  • CenturyLink hopes cloud service will lead to a broader market
    CenturyLink launched savvisdirect, a self-service, pay-as-you-go cloud service, last week to compete against Amazon and extend its reach into the business community services market. "We mostly see this as a way to reach a broader market," said Andrew Higgebotham, CEO of savvisdirect. "CenturyLink has 1.7 million SMBs on its network, and we think we can reach many more of those." Light Reading (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Netflix tries to block Icahn with a poison-pill defense
    Netflix's board of directors on Friday adopted a stockholder rights plan, commonly known as a poison-pill defense, to keep activist investor Carl Icahn from acquiring more shares in the company. Icahn, who owns nearly 10% of Netflix's shares, said in a regulatory filing that the company's new poison pill was "particularly troubling" and criticized Netflix for "poor corporate governance." Bloomberg (11/5), Home Media Magazine (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Home networking set to grow with MoCA devices
    Consumers are expected to spend $46 billion over the next four years on home networking devices such as multimedia-over-coaxial cable devices. A report from Infonetics predicts that multiscreen video will drive sales of MoCA devices. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Virgin Media syncs mobile, landline calls with app
    Virgin Media has introduced a smartphone application that allows subscribers who also use the company's Virgin Phone Line service to make calls on their mobile devices using their landline accounts. By leveraging the two services, SmartCall -- which is powered by a Wi-Fi connection -- is designed to give end users all the conveniences of mobility without the added costs. (U.K.) (11/5), ISP Review (U.K.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.K. researchers make progress on exponentially faster broadband
    A team of engineers in the U.K. is pioneering technology that it says can boost the capacity of optical fiber as much as 2,000 times above current bandwidth limitations. The process involves translating data into electrical waves and transmitting them using a laser. The so-called Ocean project at Bangor University in north Wales has already achieved rates of 20 gigabits per second and, according to the scientists, could result in a commercially available product in three years. BBC (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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