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February 5, 2013
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  • DISH's Hopper receives CES award as CNET backs out of program
    CBS-owned CNET is pulling out as producer of the Best of CES awards program, and the Consumer Electronics Association has announced that DISH Network's Hopper DVR will share the Best of Show honor. Some members of CNET's staff had protested when CBS intervened to prevent them from honoring the Hopper. The device will now share the top award with the Razer Edge gaming tablet. (free content) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DIRECTV, FreeWheel to develop ad system for TV Everywhere
    DIRECTV, in conjunction with FreeWheel, is developing a system to place ads in TV Everywhere content with an eye on launching near the end of the year, the companies said. DIRECTV, which has acquired a stake in FreeWheel, intends for the system to eventually include demographically targeted ads on wireless and Internet platforms. "Being able to offer our programming partners seamless digital advertising will help us secure top content and provide our customers with the most robust 'everywhere' product available," DIRECTV's Tony Goncalves said. Multichannel News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clearwire says it will continue to consider DISH offer
    Clearwire is hedging its bets as the company weighs DISH Network's counteroffer to Sprint Nextel's buyout bid. Clearwire said that it will weigh DISH's $3.30-a-share bid even as the company recommends that shareholders accept Sprint's $2.97-a-share offer. DISH told the Federal Communications Commission that it will not oppose Softbank's acquisition of Sprint Nextel, and added that it was in "continued negotiations" to buy Clearwire. The Justice Department has stepped in, however, asking the FCC to suspend its Softbank proceedings while it reviews the deal. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/29), All Things D (1/29), The Wall Street Journal (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology, Manufacturing & Trends 
  • NPD: Content is needed to drive Ultra HD TV adoption
    The high prices of Ultra HD television sets and the limited content available for them will make such TVs a niche product for the next four years, according to NPD DisplaySearch. The market research firm estimates that Ultra HD TVs will represent only 0.1% of TVs shipped in North America this year, increasing to 4.8% of shipments by 2016. "The availability of content is key to consumer adoption of 4K×2K TVs, and TV manufacturers are anxious to prevent any potential delays that could stall adoption, as was the case with 3DTVs," DisplaySearch's Paul Gray said. Multichannel News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How the "connected home" is enabled by smartphones, M2M
    Smartphones and machine-to-machine communications technology are the key enablers in putting together the "connected home," Will Kelly writes in this analysis. The proliferation of smartphones and their applications is providing a handy tool for homeowners to use as a central controlling device, he notes. "Making smartphones into a central home controller can give consumers finer control over their home environment and security," Kelly writes. TechRepublic/Smartphones blog (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business News You Can Use 
  • How to protect your business from hackers
    You can take certain precautions to protect your business from the kind of attack that hackers recently perpetrated on The New York Times, writes Jason Fell. Teach your employees to be wary of suspicious e-mails, keep your software current and make sure your staff uses passwords that are tough to crack. "Security professionals often recommend creating passwords that are at least 14 characters long, contain letters as well as numbers, and use upper and lower case letters," he writes. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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