Comcast on Tuesday beat Street estimates for earnings with high-speed Internet customer growth leading the way; meanwhile, Comcast updates Time Warner acquisition; in other news, Verizon earnings soar.
Apple's 80M big smartphone order; new GE jobs in N.C.; Netflix soars; Verizon FiOS upgrade; Yahoo buys apps firm
In today's wrapup of technology news: Apple reportedly is ordering up to 80 million large-screen iPhones; GE adds jobs in Mebane; Netflix hits 50M subscribers; Verizon ups its FiOS service; and Yahoo buys apps firm Flurry.
Don't be surprised if you are a Triangle resident - even in Durham, a non-AT&T market in the old telco days - and you see an AT&T crew touting "Gigapower" logos on shirts or trucks in the near future. The telecommunications giant is wasting no time in rolling out a fiber-optic network as part of the North Carolina Next Generation Network. With all six cities involved now on board, AT&T is moving fast - the old Ma Bell knows that Google could be a threat. So, too, is RST Fiber which has already targeted Wake Forest for testing. Watch out, folks, fiber is coming quickly.
When the Town of Carrboro inked its agreement with AT&T for deployment of a fiber network, the North Carolina Next Generation Network's goal of bringing ultrafast Internet service took a huge step toward network workout. The next big date: Oct. 1 as NCNGN and partners identify where they want AT&T to provide free net access. But Google Fiber remains an option. WRAL TechWire Insiders get the details.
The Town of Carrboro and AT&T have signed an agreement to open the way for AT&T to build an ultrafast Internet network. The AT&T plan is part of the North Carolina Next Generation Network initiative. All six city governments involved have now signed on to the AT&T plan.
The new SlingTV is identical to the Slingbox 500 currently on the market, but with new software to recommend things to watch. On the living-room TV, you can see scores and stats for games currently on TV, along with a guide to what's exciting at the moment, such as a team making a comeback. The new software will also give you more information on movies and TV shows.
In terms of subscriber numbers, all ultra-fast broadband architectures combined, the United States is by far the global leader with 62.5 million subscribers at the end of 2013, compared to 42.4 million for China and 27 million for Japan, according to analysis by IDATE and the DigiWorld Institute.
Broadband technology firm Akamai's new report on global and U.S. broadband availability documents North Carolina's need for faster broadband service. The Tar Heel state isn't even in the top 10 - and the U.S. ranks seventh globally. But take heart, Americans, we are only 1 percentage point behind Latvia! As for 4K TV - well, our networks have a long way to go.
The broadcasters told the court, and the majority of the justices agreed, that Aereo's "competitors pay for the rights to retransmit 'live TV' to the public -- as they must to avoid liability for copyright infringement -- while Aereo does not."
Chapel Hill and AT&T have signed an agreement to open the way for AT&T to build an ultrafast Internet network. The AT&T plan is part of the North Carolina Next Generation Network initiative. Five of six city governments involved have now signed on to the AT&T plan.
AT&T-DirecTV merger; Bell and Howell spinoff; IBM analytics at Wimbledon; Facebook vs. Cisco; parking app blocked;
In today's Bulldog blog wrapup of technology news: AT&T goes to Congress to pitch DirecTV deal; Triangle firm Bell and Howell spins off a software operation; IBM analyzes Wimbledon; Facebook switch a threat to Cisco?; San Francisco says "no" to parking space app.
Joe Freddoso's own "salute" to North Carolina may continue well after his formal departure date of June 30 after some seven years on the job. Before leaving, Freddoso wrapped up paperwork for a possible $20 million addition to high-speed bandwidth efforts across various parts of the state.
The Broadband Report: Northside High School senior Brooke Johnson provides an interesting perspective on technology and broadband connectivity in the classroom by talking with educators and her peers in eastern North Carolina.
Google's wireless broadband play; BlackBerry in black; Apple's smarthwatch; $1.2M loss for Scynexis; Twitter exec shuffle
In today's Bulldog wrapup of tech and life science news: Google acquires wireless broadband startup with gigabit speed capability; BlackBerry reports a profit; Triangle drug firm Scynexis reports a loss; Apple's smartwatch plans advance; and Twitter shuffles executive roles.
The City of Raleigh and AT&T have signed an agreement to open the way for AT&T to build an ultrafast Internet network in Raleigh. The AT&T plan is part of the North Carolina Next Generation Network initiative.