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9/18/2018

HBO and Netflix tied for first place at the Emmys this year with 23 awards each. "Game of Thrones" won best drama series, and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" took home five awards.

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9/18/2018

While technology is on the rise, it still can't guide local viewers through emergency situations the way local weather reporters can. This local touch is crucial to communicating threats in practical terms to protect the personal safety of viewers, says Jamie Arnold, WMBF-TV's chief meteorologist.

9/18/2018

Radio groups and stations are providing relief for victims of Hurricane Florence. Charlotte's iHeartMedia cluster has teamed up with Operation North State for a donation drive, while the cluster in Norfolk has partnered with Nexstar Media Group's WAVY-TV, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross for a fund drive.

9/18/2018

Netflix and HBO were the big winners at Monday night's Emmys ceremony, while other highlights included an on-stage proposal by Glenn Weiss and an Emmy win for Henry Winkler. However, the evening had its low points, including "SNL" jokes that fell flat and an alleged physical confrontation between Mark Burnett and Tom Arnold during a pre-Emmys party.

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CNN, Fox News
9/18/2018

Julie Chen, wife of ousted CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, is expected to step down from her role on CBS show "The Talk" effective immediately, sources close to Chen confirm. Chen was to address her viewers through a videotaped message today, sources say.

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9/18/2018

21st Century Fox has extended its deadline for Sky to accept its bid to Oct. 6, the same deadline offered by competing bidder Comcast. Meanwhile, European antitrust regulators have set Oct. 19 as the deadline for the ruling on Disney's takeover of 21st Century Fox assets.

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Fox, Sky, Comcast, Disney
9/18/2018

Disney will acquire control of Hulu in its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, but the acquisition could come with losses and managerial challenges, writes Elizabeth Winkler. Disney may be better suited to compete with Netflix by unloading Hulu and focusing on its own upcoming streaming projects, Winkler writes.

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Hulu, Disney, Elizabeth Winkler, Netflix
9/18/2018

RDK Management is introducing a software development kit and framework to ease the way for app integration on set-top boxes. The program uses a Reference Design Kit to support a pre-integrated app store or the offerings of cable operators and service providers.

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9/18/2018

Funds allocated to the Universal Service Fund program will soon represent 20.1% of every dollar spent on long-distance voice services, the first time the rate has surpassed 20%, the Federal Communications Commission said. The USF has evolved over the years from a voice-focused subsidy for low-income users to a broadband-based program.

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Telecompetitor
9/18/2018

Software-defined perimeters are a more secure alternative to perimeter-based virtual private networks for employees working remotely, this analysis notes. SDPs limit access to resources on corporate networks, letting employees use only the parts of the network they need.

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