Wednesday, September 20, 2017
 
 
Google To Buy Satellite Company Skybox Imaging For $500 Million
Google Inc said on Tuesday that it is acquiring satellite company Skybox Imaging for $500 million in cash. Google, the world's No.1 Internet search company, said that Skybox's satellites will provide images for Google's online mapping service. Google said that Skybox's technology could also eventually be used to provide Internet access and help with disaster relief. Google said the deal's closing is subject to regulatory approvals in the United States.


 
Google Buys Satellite-Imaging Startup Skybox For $500M
Google said Tuesday it bought Skybox Imaging for $500 million. It will reportedly help Google's efforts to bring Internet access to areas in need.
 
Video: Netflix To Stop Sending Those Messages About Slow Internet — For Now
Netflix will soon stop sending its users messages blaming their broadband providers for poor streaming quality. Netflix announced it would end the "small scale test" on June 16, which started in early May. The messages aren't gone for good. In a blog post, Netflix said it will "evaluate rolling [the test] out more broadly.
 
Netflix To Stop Sending Those Messages About Slow Internet — For Now
Netflix will soon stop sending its users messages blaming their broadband providers for poor streaming quality. Netflix announced it would end the "small scale test" on June 16, which started in early May. The messages aren't gone for good. In a blog post, Netflix said it will "evaluate rolling [the test] out more broadly." Netflix also addresses criticism from some broadband providers — primarily Verizon, which issued a cease and desist against these messages last week — that claim Netflix itself could be blamed for the degraded experience.


 
One Of Googles Project Loon Balloons Crashed Into Power Lines In Washington State
Googles self-driving cars may have an almost impeccable safety record, but chances are the company wont be touting those same numbers about Project Loon — its attempt to bring Internet access to remote areas with the help of balloons — anytime soon. According to the Yakima Herald-Republic , one of Googles balloons crashed in a relatively remote area of Washington State last week and struck a power line. The balloon likely launched from Nevada, where the company recently started testing in addition to its initial project in New Zealand.


 
One Of Googles Project Loon Balloons Crashed Into Power Lines In Washington State
Googles self-driving cars may have an almost impeccable safety record, but chances are the company wont be touting those same numbers about Project Loon — its attempt to bring Internet access to remote areas with the help of balloons — anytime soon. According to the Yakima Herald-Republic , one of Googles balloons crashed in a relatively remote area of Washington State last week and struck a power line. The balloon likely launched from Nevada, where the company recently started testing in addition to its initial project in New Zealand.


 
Google Plans Satellite Network For Global Internet Access
The Wall Street Journal reports Google is planning to launch 180 satellites around the globe, offering broadband Internet access to everyone.
 
The Ups And Downs Of A Google Broadband Satellite Play
The Wall Street Journal has published an article about how Google is planning to invest between $1 billion and $3 billion on low earth orbiting satellites, building on news also reported in The Information and SpaceNews which focused on new hires and Googles strategy to build out its broadband access business. According to TechCrunch.com, a Google spokesperson said, “Internet connectivity significantly improves peoples lives. Yet two thirds of the world have no access at all.
 
Google's YouTube Video Quality Report Exposes Sub-Par Internet Service Providers
There has been a lot of discussion lately about net neutrality, the state of broadband in the U.S., and dubious deals between large Internet Service Providers and providers of on-demand video streaminglike Comcast and Netflix. How it all shakes out in the long terms is still anyones guess but in the meantime, Google has just released a new tool for YouTube that makes it incredibly easy for anyone to determine if their ISP is up to snuff.


 
Apple's Eddy Cue Touts 'Best Product Pipeline' In 25 Years
Hours after Apple announced its biggest acquisition , a top executive said the company is poised to release a flurry of new products. Eddy Cue, Apples senior vice president of Internet software and services, told the Code Conference Wednesday evening that Apples scheduled product releases through the end of this year are “the best product pipeline he has seen in 25 years at the company. He declined to detail any specific projects, but talked up Apples efforts in television, cloud storage and music.


 



Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Makes The Case (Again) For Strong Net Neutrality
Streaming video company Netflix is dependent on connecting with ISP networks like Comcasts to reach their subscribers, and that has become an issue for the company as it has recently been forced to pay for interconnect fees. Today at Re/codes inaugural CODE Conference, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made the case for what it calls a free and open Internet, saying, “The key is the principle If they charge a little bit now, they will charge more and more and more [over time]. The fundamental question is whos going to pay for the network? Its the ISP.”


 
The Apple-Beats Deal: A 10 Year Affair Ends In Marriage
Just hours after after Apple's historic $3 billion acquisition of Beats, Apple VP Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue and Beats Co-Founder and CEO Jimmy Iovine, said this deal was, in some ways, a decade in the making. Cue revealed that he and Iovine have known each other for 10 years. Iovine, who's been making music for 40 years, actually visited a number of tech companies, including Apple, during the dawn of the digital music era between 1998 and 2003. Cue said, quote: "When I met Eddy and Steve [Jobs], I told [my team], 'These guys get it. They know and respect what we do. They respect copyright and the entire food chain.' I always wanted to work with them."


 
Video: Comcast CEO Defends Time Warner Cable Acquisition, Downplays Netflix Concerns
Comcast is trying to win public support for its planned $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, which the company announced earlier this year. Today at the CODE Conference, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said there’s enough competition in the market to support its plans, while downplaying concerns raised by Netflix and others. The Time Warner Cable deal, which would combine the No. 1 and No.
 
Comcast CEO Defends Time Warner Cable Acquisition, Downplays Netflix Concerns
Comcast is trying to win public support for its planned $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, which the company announced earlier this year. Today at the CODE Conference, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said theres enough competition in the market to support its plans, while downplaying concerns raised by Netflix and others. The Time Warner Cable deal, which would combine the No. 1 and No.
 
Dissident Cuban Website, Once Blocked, Now Accessible
An independent news website that had been blocked in Cuba since its debut on Wednesday became available to Cuban Internet users on Saturday. Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez started publishing 14ymedio.com on Wednesday, only to have readers being redirected to another site that reflects the official line and is highly critical of her. Sanchez blamed the Cuban government, which said it was unaware who was behind the redirection. Sanchez's site had been accessible outside Cuba from the start, but remained blocked through Friday to the small minority of Cubans with Internet access. On Saturday, it could be accessed through Cuban servers. Cuba has tolerated greater criticism in recent years, but not yet from a website produced on the island as professional-looking as 14ymedio.com.
 
With $38M In Funding, Mimosa Networks Comes Out Of Stealth To Disrupt Wireless Broadband
With three years of development and $38 million raised, a startup called Mimosa Networks is finally ready to take on the challenge of making wireless broadband a lot faster and more affordable, especially in areas that arent served by traditional wired broadband providers. By deploying low-cost base stations and access points, Mimosa customers can get 10 times the speed and five times the capacity of current wireless networking equipment.
 
Power In Online Music, Movies Shifting To Internet Providers
AT&T's $67 billion debt-and-equity offer for DirectTV, along with Comcast's pending $45 billion deal for TimeWarner Cable, make clear that the market for digital entertainment delivered over the Web has moved from a high growth to a growth-and-consolidation phase. With telecom networks in Dallas and New York squaring off against cable companies in Philadelphia and the Big Apple for control of the pipes that deliver Web video and music, the pricing power in digital entertainment is shifting decidedly east.
 
Power In Online Music, Movies Shifting To Internet Providers
AT&T's $67 billion debt-and-equity offer for DirectTV, along with Comcast's pending $45 billion deal for TimeWarner Cable, make clear that the market for digital entertainment delivered over the Web has moved from a high growth to a growth-and-consolidation phase. With telecom networks in Dallas and New York squaring off against cable companies in Philadelphia and the Big Apple for control of the pipes that deliver Web video and music, the pricing power in digital entertainment is shifting decidedly east.
 
Video: Power In Online Music, Movies Shifting To Internet Providers
AT&T's $67 billion debt-and-equity offer for DirectTV, along with Comcast's pending $45 billion deal for TimeWarner Cable, make clear that the market for digital entertainment delivered over the Web has moved from a high growth to a growth-and-consolidation phase.
 
AT Buys DirecTV For Nearly $50 Billion
AT&T agreed Sunday to buy DirecTV for nearly $50 billion in yet another mammoth deal in the pay-TV space this year that would immediately boost the telecom giant's customer base at a time of confounding industry challenges. The merger, which both boards approved Sunday, is the latest evidence of TV-industry consolidation that underscores telecommunications companies' desire to amass customers and control content and delivery. With streaming and wireless technology upending the industry, cable and satellite service providers are rushing to add product options while boosting revenue per customer to please shareholders. In the deal, AT&T would pay DirecTV shareholders $95 per share, valuing the satellite-TV service provider at about $50 billion.
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





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