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812,000 pay-TV subscribers cut the cord in the second quarter of 2016

The U.S. television industry continues to grapple with the flight of customers who are ditching their pay-TV service at a rapid clip.<p>In a grim reminder of the challenges facing media companies, an estimated 812,000 subscribers pulled the plug on their pay-television service in the second quarter, …

Exclusive: Mark Zuckerberg on the next 10 years of Facebook

<b>By nearly any measure,</b> Facebook has had a remarkable year. More than 1.65 billion people use the service every month, making it the world’s largest social network by a considerable margin. Its advertising business has grown significantly faster than analyst expectations, powered by sophisticated …

Why data centers love coming to Iowa

CLOSE<p>This file video from 2014 has Principal Financial Group CIO Gary Scholten talking about how data centers encourage job growth and help the …

The land grab for farm data

Jason Tatge Contributor<p>Jason Tatge is the CEO and co-founder of Farmobile.<p>Farmers are adopting smart-sensor technologies and connected farm equipment more quickly than ever, stretching each season to eke out greater yield from finite acreage.<p>This rise in so-called precision agriculture has …

How today's farmers got a head-start on tomorrow's tech

"The saying about real estate is location, location, location. It's the same with precision ag."<p>Ron Zink, John Deere director of onboard applications<p>"I wouldn't want to go back to a time I didn't have it."<p>Cory Anstey, Iowa farmer

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Facebook is creating an open-source cellular system

The technology is designed to drive down the price of communications infrastructure<p>Facebook has long been working to reduce the number of people who don’t have access to the internet, and have announced the creation of a new platform called OpenCellular.<p>The OpenCellular is an open source, "wireless …

Self-driving tractors and data science: we visit a modern farm

Farming isn't the low-tech endeavor some might think.<p>Despite misperceptions to the contrary, farming in the 21st century is a high-tech endeavor. …

Appeals court upholds FCC's net neutrality order

Today, the federal appeals court for Washington, DC upheld the legal authority behind FCC's Open Internet Order in a 2-1 decision, as first reported by <i>Politico</i>. Faced with multiple legal challenges, the court declined to pare back any of the commission's powers. The ruling can still be appealed to …

Farming off the grid: How IoT helps remote communities grow more with less

An IoT solution isn't the first idea that comes to mind when you're standing in the African heat, thinking of ways to empower a village. But that's …

Land O'Lakes maps out farming's future with Google cloud

Farmers looking for ways to increase their crop output are using more technology and relying a little less on intuition.<p>Farmers associated with Land …

John Deere is plowing IoT into its farm equipment

John Deere is taking the Internet of Things out into the field by developing new technologies and embracing existing ones to boost the efficiency of …

How the FCC’s massive airwaves auction will change America — and your phone service

The broadcast incentive auction will take years<p>The system that underpins wireless communication in the United States is about to dramatically change. In a massive, complex undertaking that will be unfolding for years, the federal government will shuffle the airwaves that carry TV and wireless …

Verizon Will Pilot 5G Fixed Wireless in 2017

Verizon will have a fixed wireless 5G pilot up and running in 2017, CFO Fran Shammo told investment analysts today. That statement came in a …

US Embraces Gigabit, Still Averages 14 Megs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Gigabit Cities Live 2016 -- Despite major movement on many fronts to deploy gigabit services in the US, the average broadband …

Kevin Spacey is a virtual reality hypebeast

Kevin Spacey is a great actor and theater director, but I'm a bigger fan of Kevin Spacey the breathless tech evangelist. When Spacey likes a trend, he invests his time, money, and celebrity. Streaming services are the future? Spacey becomes the star of the first breakout streaming TV series. Video …

Take a 4K VR tour around Google's Oregon data center

Data centers are typically high-security locations and operators don't like you snooping around, but Google is giving users a look at one of its …

Google Data Center 360° Tour

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9 ways technology will change within the next 10 years

Ten years ago, there were no smartphones. It was the coffeeshop era of Wi-Fi, which meant that the Internet was just beginning to follow us out the …

Watch the moment a self-driving Google car sideswipes a bus

AP has obtained surveillance video from inside the Mountain View public transit bus at the time it was struck by one of Google's autonomous Lexus RX SUVs, the first time one of the company's self-driving cars has been directly responsible for a crash on public roads. In the video, you can make out …

Technology Won't Save the Telcos

Every time a new network technology looms into view on the horizon, the crew of the good ship telecom breaks out into a rousing shanty, imagining it …

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Inside Verizon's vision of smokin' 5G speeds

"It's like the speed of fiber, without the fiber."<p>Roger Gurnani, chief information and technology architect for Verizon<p>"Going through windows is fine, but a second or third wall is a problem."<p>Woojune Kim, vice president of Samsung's next-generation network business.

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The FCC just took the first big step toward changing the cable box business

In a three-to-two vote, the FCC has decided to move ahead with a proposal that could drastically change the cable set-top box industry. The decision may have far-reaching consequences for how cable customers watch TV — ultimately allowing them to go through third parties for their set-top systems, …

Verizon to Start Testing 'Toll-Free' Data in Coming Days

So-called sponsored data plans have the potential for cutting customers' bills, but have drawn ire from some Net Neutrality advocates.<p>Verizon plans in the next few days to start testing so-called sponsored data, the equivalent of toll-free calling for the Internet age.<p>“The capabilities we’ve built …

The US is overhauling dozens of policies to promote high-speed internet access

Twenty federal agencies are overhauling their policies to promote the deployment of broadband internet across the US. The changes range from allowing community recreation centers to tap into a $2.3 billion program to pay for high-speed internet, to collecting more data on who is and who isn't able …

Phone companies ditching copper wires will have to follow the rules

The age of the copper land-line is nearing its end, but traditional phone lines aren't going quietly: new rules from the FCC now require service providers notify customers of the impending removal and drawbacks of switching to a VOIP line <i>three months</i> before killing a copper network. It sounds like …

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Katie Couric explains: What is the cloud?

It happens to me all the time: I tell non-techie people that I cover cloud computing for <i>Network World</i>, many say ‘I don’t get the cloud.’<p>+<b>MORE AT</b> …

Getting rid of copper lines has consequences, and the FCC wants you to know them

As phone providers continue to retire their traditional copper landline networks in favor of modern services, the Federal Communications Commission is getting involved in an attempt to ensure that consumers are aware of the changes. It's proposing new rules that would require service providers to …

Why incumbent ISPs should be worried about the broadband market

The broadband market has been rocked by a handful of major unexpected developments over the past few years, from Google suddenly stepping into the …

What's a Gigabit Good For?

50%<p>50%<p>brooks7, <br>User Rank: Light Sabre<br>7/10/2015 | 12:37:16 PM<p>Re: AT&T's Speed Test <br>Carol,<p>When we were working on FiOS we did some work on systems …