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12/11/2017

Sprint has joined the parade of telecoms planning to deploy 5G Licensed-Assisted Access technology. The telecom's Gunther Ottendorfer tweeted that Sprint reached speeds of 120 to 140 megabits per second using SpiderCloud's small-cell system.

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12/11/2017

Arista Networks has brought out the latest release of its Extensible Operating System software, building on hardware introductions made last year. EOS 4.20 represents "a milestone of investment in building our routing stack," Arista's Jeff Raymond said.

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12/11/2017

AT&T Labs has asked federal regulators for permission to expand its fixed wireless base station and antenna trials from the current 28 GHz band tests to include the 37 GHz and 39 GHz bands. The telecom petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to add those bands to an experimental license that runs through August 2019.

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12/11/2017

Facebook is rethinking the strategy for its Watch platform, eliminating some shows and pushing more money into its remaining content. The company is working with partners to figure out how to draw in more viewers while tweaking its ad strategies, says Fidji Simo, vice president of product.

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12/11/2017

ComScore Chief Operating Officer Cameron Meierhoefer has stepped down from his role but will stay on as a special adviser through March. The company has also eliminated 175 jobs, accounting for 10% of its workforce, in an effort to cut costs.

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12/11/2017

Despite growing political tensions and recent broadcast scandals, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest have kept "Live with Kelly and Ryan" a lighthearted morning show. "We're good time Charlies. That's what you're signing up for," says Ripa.

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12/8/2017

The Justice Department's lawsuit to block AT&T's proposed merger with Time Warner will go to trial March 19. US District Judge Richard Leon said it is not "realistic" to make a ruling before AT&T's April 22 deadline; he recommended extending the cutoff date by 60 to 90 days.

12/8/2017

Seventy-three percent of consumers use a streaming platform, but just 11% are paying for live TV content, per a Market Strategies International report. This is a marketing miss for streaming companies that often tout their live virtual pay-TV services, with Market Strategies' Greg Mishkin saying, "None of the current providers has cracked the code on what consumers want."

12/8/2017

ESPN says it is seeing increased viewership of live broadcasts among younger audiences after grouping together linear and streaming viewers. The network saw a 23% increase in viewers in the 18-to-34 demographic, which helped add 4% to overall total-day viewing and 13% to prime-time viewing.

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12/8/2017

NCTC has signed a deal with MobiTV to negotiate tech deals for the app company to help it reach "critical mass," says NCTC President Rich Fickle. MobiTV was selected after NCTC reviewed proposals from 20 companies, Fickle says.

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