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Google, Microsoft, Comcast: Verizon LTE-U could ruin Wi-Fi

Google, Microsoft, Comcast: Verizon LTE-U could ruin Wi-Fi

The rate of use of the Internet has ballooned in the past years thanks to the prevalence of mobile devices lie smartphones. These phones in particular connect to licensed bands of the radio spectrum that envelopes our air and those bands are quickly getting congested. The solution proposed by carriers like Verizon and chip makers like Qualcomm is to utilize the unlicensed spectrum used by other wireless connections like Wi-Fi and garage door openers. But according to some tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and Comcast, such a solution would come at the expense of wrecking havock on Wi-Fi.

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Comcast’s Stream TV launches in Boston, Chicago

Comcast’s Stream TV launches in Boston, Chicago

This past summer, Comcast announced its new Stream TV streaming service, which is now available to some subscribers. The service, which costs $15 per month, first debuted in Boston last week, and now has rolled out in Chicago. It will eventually rollout to users across the nation, something planned to be completed some time in early 2016, and will help the ISP compete with the growing number of other cord-cutting options.

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Comcast moves to secure accounts after dark web leak

Comcast moves to secure accounts after dark web leak

Comcast has moved to secure about 200,000 customer email accounts following a leak on the dark web, according to a new report. A seller on an unspecified dark web site claimed to have 595,000 Comcast accounts for sale; he or she was offering 100,000 accounts for $300 over this past weekend. According to Comcast, not all of those accounts were active, with 200,000 or so being affected. The ISP is changing the passwords on those accounts, and says the customers themselves are likely to blame for the breach.

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Comcast expands 300GB data cap to several more cities

Comcast expands 300GB data cap to several more cities

Back in early September, Comcast subscribers in South Florida were informed their data would be capped at 300GB a month unless they paid an extra fee to remove the cap. It went over about as well as you'd expect, which is to say subscribers were not happy. Despite the unhappy customers, Comcast isn’t stopping there, and it’ll be introducing the same 300GB data cap in other cities throughout the southern United States soon.

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Comcast tipped to enter wireless market with Verizon service

Comcast tipped to enter wireless market with Verizon service

Comcast, the internet and cable TV giant, is said to be looking into entering the wireless carrier market by reselling Verizon's cellular service. This information comes from a new Bloomberg report, which states that Comcast could soon begin offering mobile and WiFi service, after a 2011 deal with Verizon Wireless allowing the cable company to resell their service. Bloomberg cites anonymous sources on this, but if true it would put Comcast in competition with the US's other mobile carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

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Comcast brings X1 subscribers content from 30+ partners

Comcast brings X1 subscribers content from 30+ partners

Comcast has announced new partnerships with in excess of 30 broadcast and cable networks, saying through it there’s a new beta launch of “short-form web video” available to those using the service provider’s X1 platform. Kicking things off will be, among other things, clips of Fox Sports Live and Today Show programming and in the future that will be expanded to include more content, as well as “complimentary series”, extras, and bonus content.

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Watchable, Comcast’s YouTube killer, launches in beta

Watchable, Comcast’s YouTube killer, launches in beta

Last month, Comcast was tipped to be eying a slice of the video streaming business to challenge the near invulnerability of YouTube. Now the cable company confirms that rumor by announcing the beta testing phase of its new service simply called "Watchable". Aiming to "connect creators of compelling content with viewers", the Internet video streaming service gathers a few known brands and channels in the media scene in the hopes of leaving a market in an already crowded space, most of it occupied by the hulking Google service.

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Comcast strikes settlement with California over privacy issue

Comcast strikes settlement with California over privacy issue

Comcast and California have struck a settlement deal according to the state’s Attorney General Kamala Harris. The settlement was announced on Thursday, and is related to claims that Comcast published personal customer data online, including phone numbers, names, and addresses. This is said to have affected “tens of thousands” of Comcast subscribers who had shelled out for an unlisted VOIP service.

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Comcast’s adding new features for football fans

Comcast’s adding new features for football fans

Comcast is catering to the wants of its subscribers, at least the subscribers who enjoy football season. On Thursday, the service provider announced that it is making its X1 Sports mobile app “the ultimate football companion” for football season — for both the NCAA and NFL seasons. Comcast says it’ll be bringing users more football content than before, including everything from visualizations that make it easy to catch up on what has already gone down to real-time stats on games.

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Comcast to subscribers: pay extra or face 300GB data cap

Comcast to subscribers: pay extra or face 300GB data cap

Comcast wants to play a game: pay $30 extra per month, or get your data capped at 300GB and pay extra anyway when you go over that amount. It's a lose-lose situation for subscribers in the regions where Comcast will be introducing it -- if you don't pay it, you may end up paying more than the $30/month extra in overage charges. If you do pay it, though, but don't end up using more than 300GB that month, Comcast will just pocket the money and you'll be faced with the same situation the next month.

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Comcast to cover entire US footprint with Gigabit Internet by 2018

Comcast to cover entire US footprint with Gigabit Internet by 2018

Comcast’s Vice President of Network Architecture Robert Howald has stated the service provider is planning to upgrade its entire cable network over the next two years, and that the upgrade will be able to accommodate speeds up to 10 Gpbs. Comcast is looking to start market trials of the DOCSIS 3.1 technology ("Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification") upgrade some time later this year, and according to Howald, the company is looking to “scale it through our footprint through 2016.” If all goes as planned, Comcast is hoping to have the technology operating across its full network in the US within the next two to three years, though two years is the goal.

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Comcast’s live-streaming app now available for Xfinity customers

Comcast’s live-streaming app now available for Xfinity customers

Back in May, Comcast began a limited test of a mobile app that let users stream video from their smartphone to not only other phone users, but to TVs at home and the homes other subscribers. Called Xfinity Share, the app proved to be fairly popular, and now Comcast has made it available to all Xfinity customers. The app is free on both iOS and Android, and the only requirement for recipients of the stream is that they have an X1 DVR-ready set-top box.

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