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7/10/2020

Nokia is looking to broaden its client base by developing a line of switching products for data centers to help businesses manage their 5G traffic, with Apple signing on as its first customer. The Finnish vendor unveiled the tools -- a network operating system and an automation platform developed in conjunction with Apple -- that are aimed at taming the mountains of data expected to be generated from 5G services and the internet of things.

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Reuters, Light Reading
7/10/2020

Internet of things applications are helping enterprises cope with managing the coronavirus pandemic as companies move to increase spending on digital transformation. One example: IoT provider Aridea Solutions has introduced the Fever Kit, a portable device that checks people's temperatures, Aridea's Rob Moore said.

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Rob Moore
7/10/2020

Cumulus Media plans to close the Westwood One division that provides news to 962 stations, a decision that will take effect August 30. A spokesperson says the move will not affect major personality programs that combine news with commentary.

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Westwood One
7/10/2020

Advocates for journalistic freedom have criticized the current White House media strategy, in which Kayleigh McEnany, the press secretary, offers short, often scripted briefings while President Donald Trump delivers speeches without taking questions during his press conferences. Trump supporters say the tactic allows the White House to reach the public directly.

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7/10/2020

Radio broadcasters with Black owners in Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles are helping listeners share their experiences as Black people with audiences around the world. George Floyd's alleged murder has inspired hosts, guests and callers to discuss police brutality, labor issues in sports and entertainment, and the 2020 presidential election.

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BBC
7/10/2020

Insiders don't expect either Roku or Amazon to reach an agreement with NBCUniversal before Peacock's July 15 rollout. HBO Max also lacks a deal with the tech giants, which together make up more than two-thirds of the market for connected television devices.

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Roku
7/9/2020

FuboTV increased its base by 37% year-to-year to about 287,000 customers in 2020's first quarter, and revenues went up 78% to $51 million, its new parent company revealed in a government filing. Streaming hours more than doubled and viewing by monthly active users increased by 52% in the period.

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Deadline Hollywood
7/9/2020

Shepard Smith, a veteran Fox News anchor who left the network last year, will become part of the CNBC news team starting July 13. "The News with Shepard Smith" is scheduled to debut in a prime-time slot this fall, and Smith will also serve as chief anchor for general and breaking news.

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Shepard Smith
7/9/2020

With the major streamers treating their ratings as a closely guarded trade secret, analysts and industry pundits have been left to extrapolate what viewer metrics they can from little tidbits in Netflix quarterly shareholder newsletters and press releases. Meanwhile, startup research company Parrot Analytics has captured attention recently with a proprietary metric it calls "demand expressions." Parrot CEO Wared Seger tried to explain his company's methodology to the New York Times.

7/9/2020

Broadcasters and advertisers are working out details with leagues as they prepare for the return of major league sports to television. Experts say that, while networks are unlikely to recoup all of their pandemic-related losses, resumed broadcasting of MLB, NBA and NFL games should significantly boost third-quarter revenue.