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Comcast Buys Cloud Control WiFi Company

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 14th, 2014

Comcast has acquired PowerCloud Systems, a spinoff from PARC that developed cloud-based WiFi management, reports TechCrunch, reportedly for under $50 million. Skydog, their cloud-managed Wi-Fi router was a scaled-down version of their cloud-based networking solution that PowerCloud sells to small and medium-sized enterprise customers. Skydog’s hardware consisted of a dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi router with a […]

Dish Will Participate in TV Auction

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 10th, 2014

Dish Network plans to take part in the U.S. government’s TV spectrum auction next year, reports Bloomberg. The FCC plans to sell airwaves between TV Channels 30 and 51 which may be given up voluntarily by TV stations. The company “looks forward to meaningfully participating” in the sale, Englewood, Colorado-based Dish said in a regulatory […]

Incubator for Digital Storytellers

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 3rd, 2014

Oregon Story Board is an accelerator to help digital storytellers create companies, explains Rick Turoczy of Silicon Florist. The startup incubator is now accepting applications for the first class of its accelerator program. The collaborative working environment is housed at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It offers a four-month program where companies receive […]

Boston Subway Gets Comcast WiFi

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 1st, 2014

Comcast announced today that it has activated Xfinity WiFi hotspots in the subway platform areas on Boston’s Green Line from North Station to Kenmore. Comcast is the first provider to offer WiFi in portions of the first subway line to open in the United States. InSite Wireless, a Virginia company that is currently performing the […]

Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 25th, 2014

The Supreme Court has sided with broadcasters and has declared that Aereo’s Internet TV service is illegal. Broadcasters had sued the company, claiming that Aereo’s use of micro antennas to deliver traditional over the air broadcasts via broadband violated copyright. The Justices ruled 6-3 against Aereo, with Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito dissenting. The court […]

Xfinity WiFi: Free to be Hacked

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 23rd, 2014

“Free” Wi-Fi from Xfinity and AT&T also frees you to be hacked, reports ArsTechnica in a joint experiment with NPR. Sean Gallagher set up his laptop as a Wi-Fi hotspot broadcasting the network name (SSID) “attwifi”. After killing off the settings for his preferred networks on his iPhone, Gallagher turned on the Wi-Fi, and it […]