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9/22/2017

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8+ will be available today in Comcast stores, with a trade-in allowance available for qualifying devices. The phones will operate on the company's hybrid Wi-Fi and MVNO network and are available to Xfinity Home subscribers.

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9/22/2017

BuzzFeed will launch its morning show, "AM to DM," on Monday, and its format will be similar to that of news shows on linear TV. The show will feature hosts Isaac Fitzgerald and Saeed Jones reporting on the latest news in long form, with advertising through 30-second spots and sponsored content.

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9/22/2017

The impact of Hurricane Irma spotlights the importance of FM radio and why smartphone manufacturers should activate devices' FM chips, which would allow users to access radio in emergencies. Activating FM chips -- a feature many smartphone owners aren't even aware of -- is an agenda being pushed by Sen. Bill Nelson.

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9/22/2017

CBS is the latest network to subscribe to Nielsen's Out-of-Home Reporting Service. The network is focusing primarily on out-of-home ratings for sports, but it will track all programming under the agreement.

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9/22/2017

Broadband provider groups are expressing their concerns with the Federal Communications Commission's proposed Connect America Fund Auction. In comments on the FCC proposal, ITTA and a rural coalition requested that cable and satellite operators be blocked from bidding in certain categories using technology that is not supported in real-world deployments, while the American Cable Association "expressed concern about package bidding," this article states.

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Telecompetitor
9/22/2017

Comcast's David Cohen says that Sinclair's merger with Tribune will likely gain regulatory approval and that, upon approval, it will be "good and bad" for Comcast. The deal will "inevitably" drive up retransmission fees, which will increase costs for customers, Cohen says, while also implying that those higher fees will benefit Comcast.

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FierceCable
9/22/2017

Fox News has announced that it will launch "Fox News @ Night" on Oct. 30. Shannon Bream has been tapped to anchor the 11 p.m. live news show, which will debut alongside the network's prime-time show featuring Laura Ingraham.

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9/22/2017

Lifetime on Thursday kicked off "American Beauty Star," a reality series featuring salon professionals competing in beauty challenges. The show, which is hosted by model Adriana Lima and airs after "Project Runway," is expected to bring in younger audiences and has already garnered attention from international distributors.

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9/22/2017

Nine Senate Democrats have appealed to federal regulators to push back their final decision on whether to overturn net neutrality rules enacted by the Federal Communications Commission. The lawmakers said the public needed time to study complaints.

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The Hill
9/22/2017

Videoconferencing technology is helping bring teachers qualified for computer science instruction to students in rural school districts. The caveat is that those schools must have an adequate broadband infrastructure to benefit from remote learning.

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Education Dive
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