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8/16/2018

Google has launched its searchable political ad library as part of its move to be more transparent about ad origin and details. The archive allows users to search for political ads across Google platforms, including YouTube, and provides information such as who bought the ad and an estimate of the cost to run it.

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Google, YouTube
8/16/2018

Altice USA is focusing on its current operations, namely de-leveraging and growth initiatives in the wake of its spinoff from Altice NV, says CEO Dexter Goei. Although its current projects are its main focus, the company is open to future potential acquisitions and consolidation, Goei says.

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Altice USA, Altice, Dexter Goei
8/16/2018

The American Cable Association has voiced its support for NCTA-The Internet & Television Association's push to eliminate or limit part-time leased access programming. The ACA and NCTA wrote in comments to the Federal Communications Commission that the rules force cable operators to pay additional costs that are not always sufficiently compensated.

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Multichannel News
8/16/2018

CMT has ordered eight episodes of unscripted reality series "Racing Wives"; the show will debut next year. The network has also signed on for a second season of "Music City," which also will premiere in 2019.

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Deadline Hollywood
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CMT
8/16/2018

Disney will need to sell 22 regional sports networks as a condition of its purchase of 21st Century Fox assets, and station groups such as Sinclair Broadcast Group could be among the bidders. Local stations are looking to regional sports, as well as news, to bring in new revenue streams and complement their focus on live programming, but they could face stiff competition from tech companies who want to boost their own national TV platforms.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group, Disney
8/16/2018

Cisco continued its comeback in its fourth quarter as software-driven products spurred a 6% rise in revenue compared with the 2017 period. After beating analysts' estimates, the company offered a bullish outlook for the current quarter.

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Cisco
8/16/2018

Broadband provider GigaMonster will continue to expand its gigabit multiple-dwelling unit business with Post Road Group's investment of $45 million in funding. GigaMonster also says it is merging with Portland, Ore.-based Fibersphere Communications, an MDU specialist.

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Multichannel News
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MDU, MDU
8/16/2018

F5 Networks says it wants to make it easier for service providers to virtualize their networks with the release of its VNF Manager and preprepacked virtual network function tools. The product is aimed at helping providers circumvent the layers of complexity involved in the transition.

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FierceTelecom
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F5 Networks
8/16/2018

Scripps is selling its 19 remaining radio stations to SummitMedia in a $47 million deal. The acquisition, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter, pushes SummitMedia to the 50-station mark.

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Radio Ink, Radio Ink
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Scripps
8/16/2018

Pirate station Liberty Radio in Austin, Texas, has been taken off the air and slapped with a $15,000 fine by the Federal Communications Commission. Liberty Radio has been the flagship station for controversial radio host Alex Jones.