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12/11/2017

CNN has updated a September story and issued a statement about the correction of the date on which President Donald Trump's campaign received access to hacked Democratic National Committee emails. CNN previously reported that the campaign received the information Sept. 4 -- ahead of the WikiLeaks release -- but has now corrected the date to Sept. 14, one day after the release.

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12/11/2017

Protesters are putting out a call for websites to "Break the Net" on Dec. 12 in response to the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to roll back net neutrality. The strategy includes giving a website the appearance that it is "broken" and urging visitors to contact Congress to urge members to step in to block the vote.

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12/11/2017

A Politico report has found that major leaders in at least 15 countries are using President Donald Trump's "fake news" line to speak out against their critics, with the Committee to Protect Journalists' Joel Simon calling the move a tactic to shield "their attacks on press freedom and human rights." Simon says Trump's stance "is providing a context and framework for all sorts of authoritarian leaders -- or democratic leaders and others who are dissatisfied or upset by critical media coverage -- to undermine and discredit reporting."

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12/11/2017

Lack of consumer trust and poor execution of personalization by brands cost American companies $756 billion in 2016, as 41% of customers changed brands, per the Accenture Strategy Global Consumer Pulse Research report. Ninety-two percent of US consumers said it's critical for brands to safeguard their private information, while 79% expressed frustration at brands that failed to use their data appropriately, the study found.

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12/11/2017

The March 19 court date for AT&T's proposed merger with Time Warner could push AT&T past its April 22 deadline, resulting in a payment of $500 million to Time Warner. Although there are risks for renegotiation, AT&T should consider pushing for a deadline extension, BTIG analyst Walt Piecyk said, because if the telecom wins in court, it will be allowed to bypass antitrust regulators and complete the deal without selling assets or making other concessions.

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12/11/2017

Comcast and Walt Disney Co. are competing to purchase assets from 21st Century Fox, and a 39% stake in European pay-TV provider Sky may be the top prize in such a purchase. Both companies could expand their global footprints with the acquisition, with Comcast aiming to gain Sky's advanced technologies for the European market, while Disney could use the asset for its push into over-the-top services.

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12/11/2017

AMC has released images giving viewers a first look at its upcoming series, "The Terror," with a trailer expected to be released shortly. The series' two-hour premiere is slated for March 26.

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12/11/2017

Cable operators, including Comcast and Charter Communications, are expanding their fiber networks to meet growing broadband needs and better serve businesses, and Ciena is positioned to cash in on that network densification. "If you think of what we're able to accomplish in terms of wireless backhaul space moving photonics out to the edge, we're going to do essentially the same thing here with the Fiber Deep activities," says Ciena Chief Technology Officer Steve Alexander.

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FierceTelecom
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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