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Comcast Cuts The Cord On Deal With Time Warner Cable

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-24 05:22

The Justice Department had raised concerns over the proposed $45.2 billion merger, which would have brought nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof.

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More Than A Dozen Hurt In Indiana High School Stage Collapse

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-24 04:55

Students sustained minor injuries in the collapse during the musical finale of a stage show in suburban Indianapolis.

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Scots polls suggest 'revolution'

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 04:50
Professor John Curtice on why voting intention polls suggest the potential for a revolution in Scottish representation at Westminster.

Reprieve for China wife on death row

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 04:34
A Chinese court gives a two-year reprieve to a woman sentenced to death for murdering her abusive husband.

Railway rules thwart student adverts

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 04:25
Student posters calling MPs who broke their 2010 tuition fee promise "liars" have been removed from railway stations across England.

Car search in suspicious death probe

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 04:24
Police investigating the suspicious death of a 49-year-old man issue an appeal to find his car.

Armenians Mark A Century Since World War I Massacre

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-24 04:15

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Francois Hollande of France were among those who attended a ceremony in the Armenian capital. German lawmakers vote to call the event "genocide."

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Student murderer jailed for life

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 04:06
A Stoke-on-Trent man is jailed for life for murdering a student.

'Al-Shabab' kills Kenyan chief

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:56
Suspected al-Shabab militants have abducted and killed a traditional chief in northern Kenya, according to a local elder.

Rotherham handed points deduction

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:46
Rotherham are deducted three points and fined £30,000 by a disciplinary commission for fielding an ineligible player.

Expert in search for murdered girl

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:39
A geoforensics expert is enlisted to help find the remains of Lanarkshire schoolgirl Moira Anderson who has been missing since 1957.

Valve expands Steam 'mod' market

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:38
Game maker Valve has expanded its online store to let players who make 'mods' for games sell their creations.

China buzzing over President's first 'selfie'

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:34
Chinese internet abuzz about photo of president

VIDEO: Watch: Ceremony marks Gallipoli campaign

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:17
Leaders from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey and Britain's Prince Charles are attending a ceremony marking 100 years since the campaign of Gallipoli.

Vatican link in 'al-Qaeda' arrests

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:13
Police in Italy arrest 20 people suspected of having links to al-Qaeda amid fears of a possible plot to attack the Vatican.

'Over 100' children killed in Yemen

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:12
At least 115 children have been killed in a month of fighting and air strikes in Yemen, UN children's agency Unicef says.

UK boy in court over Australia 'plot'

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:09
A 14-year-old boy from Blackburn accused of inciting terrorism in Australia appears at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Ellen Pao faces $1m legal bill

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:05
The woman who challenged sexism in Silicon Valley now faces a $1m legal bill unless she agrees not to appeal.

German student death accused 'sorry'

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:05
The 18-year-old accused of causing the death of student teacher Tugce Albayrak cries in court as he admits hitting her.

Cable giants call off merger

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:00

Cable giants Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable are ditching out of their planned merger amidst a heap of regulatory scrutiny.

Combined, Comcast and Time Warner Cable would have had about 30 percent of the pay TV market and more than 50 percent of the broadband market.

Regulators worried that would thwart competition and mean higher prices for consumers.

“All that scale would give Comcast enormous discretion over what reaches Americans, what Americans pay, information flows, customer service—really unlimited power,” says Susan Crawford is co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

Crawford also says President Barack Obama's push to have broadband providers regulated like utilities signaled the government would step up its scrutiny.

But Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey thinks regulators are taking an overly narrow view. He doubts a Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger would've kept other players out of the lucrative broadband market.

“Because broadband is going to generate billions of dollars of revenue and billions of dollars of profit in the next ten years, broadband competition is going to happen,” says McQuivey.

McQuivey says that means companies like Google, Amazon and even Facebook could eventually be motivated to enter the fray.

 

 

 

 

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