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Premium Lock AT&T invests $325M in Triangle, says DirecTV streaming coming in '16

AT&T GigaPower      AT&T's expansion of its fiber and wireless networks in the Triangle have cost the company some $325 million over the past three years. That's the most the communications giant has invested in any geography across the state. Plus, streaming for DirecTV is coming.

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Premium Lock Inside Cisco: Look for more acquisitions to drive cloud growth

Analysis: Expect Cisco to acquire hybrid cloud management and orchestration software and expand its hyperconverged solutions to effectively compete with HPE, Dell, EMC and Nutanix. So believe analysts Andrew Smith and Patrick Filkins at Technology Business Research break down what's happening inside Cisco in the last of a three-part review.

Updated May 19

Premium Lock Inside Cisco's earnings: Diversified portfolio enables growth

Cisco's headquarters      Analysis: Cisco's traditional core business of network hardware declines but growth in a diversified portfolio of offerings such as security and collaboration are enabling growth, says Technology Business Research analyst Patrick Filkins.

Updated May 18

Say goodbye to Time Warner Cable: Sale leads to name change

The Broadband Report       Time Warner Cable, the largest cable provider in New York and Los Angeles, among other markets, was just bought by Charter Communications Inc., which has mostly operated in the Midwest. The Stamford, Connecticut-based company also bought Bright House Networks Wednesday. That makes Charter the second-largest home Internet provider and third-largest video provider in the U.S. Over the next year and a half, Charter will phase out the Time Warner Cable and Bright House names in favor of its own brand, Spectrum.

Updated May 18

Premium Lock Inside Cisco: New engineering structure to drive cloud innovation

Chuck Robbins  Analysis: Tech investors will be watching Cisco, which reports its latest earnings this week. Beyond quarterly data, however, a new engineering structure is crucial going forward. Analysts Andrew Smith and Patrick Filkins at Technology Business Research break down what's happening inside Cisco in part two of a three-part review.

Updated May 17

Premium Lock Report: Roku remains No. 1 as media streaming player sales surge

A new report from research firm Parks Associates finds that competition is heating up among streaming media player sales with four key players accounting for 94 percent of sales. Plus, the number of broadband homes with at least one such player is surging.

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May 17

Tech links: AT&T GigaPower; Lenovo phones; Twitter limits; IBM faster storage; AT&T's buy

High tech In today's WTW wrapup of technology news: AT&T takes GigaPower to San Francisco; Lenovo unveils new phones; new limits possibly coming for Twitter; IBM's new storage breakthrough tops flash; and AT&T makes a streaming buy.

May 5

Hulu expands service; Buffett a streaming hit; Tesla stepping up production; bitcoin founder debate

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Hulu is expanding its streaming lineup; Warren Buffett is a big hit on Yahoo video; Tesla to step up production; and the man claiming to be bitcoin's inventor expands his story.

April 27

Premium Lock Inside AT&T: Revamping mobility strategies key to growth

AT&T                   Analysis: AT&T is revamping its mobility strategies to improve organic revenue growth, writes Steve Vachon, an analyst with Technology Business Research. The communications giant reported its latest earnings on Tuesday, and Vachon offers in-depth analysis.

Updated April 25

Premium Lock Inside WRAL.com's redesign: Delivering 'device-optimized content'

So what's it like to redesign from bottom to top one of the nation's most popular regional news portals? How does a website today need to be built today to deal with more mobile users relying on an increasing number of device types and meeting demand for faster response? Jason Priebe, who heads technology development for Capitol Broadcasting's New Media Group, talks about the redesign of WRAL.com, which launched on Wednesday. The award-winning site has been remodeled to improve navigation, support higher-quality video and photographs, and is designed to operate more easily across multiple devices from smartphones to desktop computers.

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April 21

Premium Lock Apps in, box out at Comcast; Virgin Galactic exercises; Chinese electric buses in US; Apple earnings delay

Bulldog In today's wrapup of science and technology news: Comcast plans to use apps rather than cable boxes; Virgin Galactic back at Spaceport USA; Chinese firm finds success with electric buses in U.S.; and Apple delays its earnings for a funeral.

April 20

Premium Lock Google Fiber seeking applications for digital inclusion fellowships

Google Fiber Google Fiber and partner Nonprofit Technology Network are seeking applications for its second round of Digital Inclusion Fellowships.

April 18

Premium Lock Did drone hit jet?; VR privacy; Canada's PM on quantum computing; House-FCC debate

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Pilots believe jet struck drone; concerns about privacy and virtual reality; Canada's prime minister talks quantum computing; and the U.S. House moves to block possible broadband price increases by FCC.

April 18

Premium Lock Groups question Obama's support of set-top box choices

The Broadband Report       President Obama on Friday declared openly his support of a proposed FCC plan that would give consumers more control over set-top boxes. Two groups immediately raised concerns about the president's declaration.

April 15

Premium Lock Obama backs cable box choice; techies vs. feds again; wind power sets record; police target 'inciting' websites

Bulldog In today's Bulldog roundup of technology news: President Obama throws his weight behind more choices for cable boxes; Microsoft's suit is latest from tech industry against government about privacy; wind power sets a record; and police are monitoring hundreds of websites in Europe after terror attacks.

April 4

Premium Lock Drones nearer commercial use; FCC won't probe Netflix; Apple hurt by FBI scrap?; solar firms target NY

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: The FAA moves closer to approving drones for commercial deliveries; the FCC won't investigated Netflix for throttling video; its dispute with the FBI could hurt Apple's brand; and solar developers eye New York.

Updated March 28

Premium Lock Will FCC ruling on city-owned broadband be overturned?

The Broadband Report       A federal appeals court in Nashville could decide the fate of last year's FCC decision that overruled state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee prohibiting municipal networks from offering broadband services outside city limits.

Updated March 25

Premium Lock Think tank awards Netflix 'Tech Hypo(crite) Award' for throttling

Many users of the Internet, especially those who rely on the net for video, have watched the "net neutrality" debate intensely, and a lot of individuals as well as businesses have called on the FCC to implement access rules. A big voice in the battle for "neutrality" was Netflix. Now it turns out big carriers such as Verizon and AT&T were not at fault for throttling down net speeds. Netflix was - by its own admission. For that, the company deserves a lot of catcalls, and a think tank gives Netflix its first "Tech Hypo(crite) Award."

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March 14

Premium Lock FCC privacy rules should look at more than ISPs, broadband group says

The Broadband Report       The federal government is proposing new privacy rules that would make Internet service providers such as cable and phone companies ask your permission in some instances before using and sharing your data. But broadband providers say more than ISPs should be included.

Updated March 2

Premium Lock AT&T to offer three streaming options later this year

AT&T and DirecTV       Like other cable and satellite companies, AT&T is trying to make it a little easier to sign up for traditional TV. The communications giant says it will launch three Internet streaming options later this year.

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