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2/20/2018

Sony is working with local taxi agencies in Japan to create a service that uses artificial intelligence to hail taxi cabs. The technology will help taxi agencies predict spikes in customer demand due to changes in weather or traffic and manage dispatches accordingly.

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2/20/2018

Although there hasn't been a shortage of innovation, a lack of standards for network functions virtualization is leading the communications industry back to a proprietary environment like that of microprocessors in the 1970s, Steve Saunders writes. The work on NFV has been both proprietary and political, and as a result, "we now have a jumble of incompatible approaches to NFV," Saunders writes.

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2/19/2018

Syfy is teaming up with ReedPop to become the exclusive streaming provider for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, New York Comic-Con and Emerald City Comic-Con. The network will host a live stage at the events and will stream coverage through Syfy Wire and YouTube.

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2/19/2018

Local radio groups are stepping up efforts to support the community after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. IHeartMedia's stations have provided continuous coverage and have connected with the community, while Cox Media Group hosted a blood drive and Entercom has opened up its phone lines for listeners to reach out and share their stories.

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Cox Media Group, iHeartMedia
2/19/2018

NBC on Sunday tweeted that Olympic figure skater and bronze medalist Adam Rippon would serve as a correspondent for the remainder of the Winter Olympics through TV, social media and digital. However, Rippon later said that while he was "so flattered" by the offer, he was turning down the role to stay with his teammates in the Olympic Village for the rest of the Games.

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2/19/2018

Peyton Manning is a top pick for both Fox and ESPN as a game analyst, sources say. Fox previously reached out to Manning and will likely try its luck again, although ESPN will reportedly now more aggressively pursue Manning to replace Jon Gruden on "Monday Night Football."

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New York Post
2/19/2018

Charter is focusing its mobile and wireless strategies on small-cell networks, says Craig Cowden, senior vice president of wireless technology at Charter. The company will begin with 4G small cells and transition to 5G to provide "a superior connectivity experience," Cowden says.

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2/19/2018

A federal judge is expected to decide Tuesday whether to grant a request by the Justice Department to block AT&T from using political arguments in defense of its proposed merger with Time Warner. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has hinted that President Donald Trump's relationship with CNN fueled the antitrust lawsuit.

2/19/2018

The American Cable Association has filed a document with the Federal Communications Commission seeking the elimination of Form 325 requirements. The form is time-consuming, and most of the information is duplicative or irrelevant, the ACA wrote in the document.

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FierceCable
2/19/2018

Students from the Florida high school that suffered a shooting tragedy will appear on CNN this week as part of a town hall event. At least two state lawmakers have indicated that they will attend the town hall.

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Deadline Hollywood
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CNN, Florida high school