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November 19, 2012
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  • Verizon will work with Clinton group to fill in health care gaps
    Working with Verizon Communications, former President Bill Clinton last week introduced the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which will feature telemedicine as a key component in helping those lacking access to quality health care. With patient and home monitoring high on the group's list of solutions, Verizon will provide its wireless networks to help people send medical readings to their doctors and alert physicians when patients need intervention, said Dr. Peter Tippett, the telecom's chief medical officer. MobiHealthNews.com (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Astral Media and BCE revise takeover deal, report says
    Astral Media and BCE are said to have revised their merger agreement to overcome objections raised by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, The Globe and Mail reports. BCE will promise to sell certain media, radio and television assets to placate the commission, the Toronto newspaper says. An Astral-BCE merger must also be approved by Canada's Competition Bureau. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC may hand DISH a setback in wireless aspirations
    Federal regulators said they may limit DISH Network's use of satellite spectrum for its proposed terrestrial wireless service, saying they want to protect adjacent frequencies from interference. DISH Chairman Charlie Ergen said the company's wireless investment is looking "increasingly risky" in light of the Federal Communications Commission's reluctance to fully approve DISH's waiver application. That might force DISH to find a partner to fulfill its plans. DISH reportedly offered MetroPCS $4 billion before the prepaid carrier opted to merge with T-Mobile USA. The Wall Street Journal (11/18), The Wall Street Journal (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hastings sees no need for Netflix to be acquired
    Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is opposed to any acquisition of his company, including such a proposal from activist investor Carl Icahn, who owns nearly 10% of Netflix's shares. "We think we can make it in the long term absolutely on our own -- we've been doing that for 10 years," Hastings said Friday after meeting with Icahn in New York. Icahn responded, "There's a basic philosophical difference here. I believe the shareholders, the rightful owners of the company, should decide whether a company should be sold, not the management." The Wall Street Journal (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LG to be first in line in updating Google TV capabilities
    The G2 Series of Internet-connected television sets from LG Electronics will be the first models to incorporate new features in Google TV, such as Voice Search and an updated version of the TV & Movies application, Rachel Cericola writes. Meanwhile, LG has struck a deal with OnLive, the cloud-based game service, to offer the OnLive application on the G2 Series. ElectronicHouse.com (11/16), ipTVnews (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cisco to expand cloud suite with $1.2 billion Meraki buy
    Cisco Systems announced it is acquiring Google-funded cloud services company Meraki for approximately $1.2 billion in cash and retention-based incentives. The deal, which will help bolster Cisco's Unified Access suite of business innovation solutions, is expected to close in the middle of the company's 2013 fiscal year. Seeking Alpha (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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