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November 9, 2012
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  • Strong Euro measures help Deutsche Telekom beat estimates
    Germany's Deutsche Telekom won analysts' plaudits after reporting higher operating profit and revenue than predicted even as the telecom reported a huge third-quarter loss from taking a $9.4 billion write-down on its T-Mobile USA mobile unit. Aggressive cost-cutting meant that adjusted earnings fell only 2.6% from a year ago; revenue was basically flat. T-Mobile USA shed 492,000 contract customers and took a charge from its pending merger with MetroPCS, while the prepaid division grew 44%. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/8), CNET (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T calls on feds to eliminate legacy phone rules
    The Federal Communications Commission should lift its requirement that incumbent local exchange carriers keep so-called legacy equipment once they have deployed IP-based technology, because the rules make investments in new infrastructure less viable, AT&T writes in a filing. Broadcasting & Cable (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Icahn ponders whether to pursue a hostile takeover of Netflix
    A hostile takeover bid for Netflix is "certainly an alternative," activist investor Carl Icahn said Thursday. A decision on such a move hasn't been made yet, he added. Icahn holds nearly 10% of Netflix's shares. Meanwhile, Netflix last month accounted for one-third of North America's downstream Internet traffic during peak periods, up from 32% a year ago, according to Sandvine. Reuters (11/8), PC Magazine (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hulu offers ad-free kids section on its website, PS3 app
    Hulu is serving up advertising-free video content for children from Lionsgate, Nickelodeon and PBS on its website and through its PlayStation 3 application. The Hulu Kids service is exclusively available to Hulu Plus subscribers. Netflix also offers programming for children on a variety of platforms, this blog post notes. GigaOm (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Growing in-flight Internet access prompts battle over voice calls
    Telecommunications industry representatives and airlines are at odds over whether voice calls should be permitted aboard airplanes as greater broadband access makes in-flight use of programs such as Skype possible. Telecom representatives argue that airlines shouldn't be able to dictate how passengers use Internet access, while flight attendants say voice calls are disruptive. About 7,000 planes are expected to have broadband service in the next five years, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. USA Today (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Verizon brings UC&C to businesses with managed Lync service
    Verizon has introduced a new managed unified communications and collaboration, or UC&C, platform for its business customers based on the Microsoft Lync offering. The service -- dubbed Managed UC&C for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 -- is now available in the U.S. and 19 countries in Europe and will enable businesses of all sizes to capitalize on the benefits of collaboration applications such as instant messaging and desktop videoconferencing for as low as $7 per worker per month. (11/8), Computerworld (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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