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More Potholes, Traffic Jams On The Horizon Unless Interstates Are Fixed, Report Finds

By David Schaper
Rush hour on Interstate 10 in El Paso, Texas. A federal report suggests America

A federal report suggests America's interstates are worn, overused and highly congested. It also recommends billions of dollars in fixes.

(Image credit: Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty Images)

  • December 6th 2018 at 17:27

Dutch Fixed Telephony 2018-Q3

This report analyses developments in the Dutch mass market (consumer & SOHO) for fixed telephony in the third quarter of 2018, and compares the findings with previous quarters. The analysis is based on Telecompaper's continuous research into the development of the Dutch communication services market. The focus is on KPN as the only national fixed network operator and the VoIP services provided by cable network operators (Ziggo) and DSL network operators (Online.nl and Tele2) as well as via fibre networks.
  • December 6th 2018 at 16:50

California Gives Final OK To Require Solar Panels On New Houses

By Bill Chappell
California predicts mandatory solar panel installations will add nearly $10,000 to the upfront cost of a home — money that will be recouped through energy savings.

Single and small multi-family homes must include solar panels starting in 2020. Recent extreme weather events such as wildfires and drought make the need clear, a state official says.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

  • December 6th 2018 at 15:58

California Gives Final OK To Require Solar Panels On New Houses

By Bill Chappell
California predicts mandatory solar panel installations will add nearly $10,000 to the upfront cost of a home — money that will be recouped through energy savings.

Single and small multi-family homes must include solar panels starting in 2020. Recent extreme weather events such as wildfires and drought make the need clear, a state official says.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

  • December 6th 2018 at 15:58

Stocks Rebound After Tumbling Amid Worries Over U.S.-China Tensions

By Avie Schneider
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. Stocks plunged for the second trading day in a row but recovered late in the day.

Stock markets recovered most of their losses late in the day, with the Dow closing down 79 points. Earlier, stocks slid after a Chinese tech executive was arrested, escalating U.S.-China tensions.

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  • December 6th 2018 at 15:53

Dutch to probe illegal adoptions from Brazil

The Netherlands on Thursday launched an investigation into claims that government officials were involved in illegal adoptions from Brazil and other countries for three decades. The probe will start with...

  • December 6th 2018 at 01:00

Huawei Finance Chief's Arrest Threatens To Inflame U.S.-China Tensions

By Rob Schmitz
Visitors pass a Huawei marquee in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress last year. The daughter of the Chinese telecommunications giant

Canadian authorities have arrested Meng Wanzhou, the company's CFO and daughter of its founder, at the request of the U.S. And Chinese officials have made quite clear they're not happy about it.

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  • December 6th 2018 at 13:18

Huawei Finance Chief's Arrest Threatens To Inflame U.S.-China Tensions

By Rob Schmitz
Visitors pass a Huawei marquee in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress last year. The daughter of the Chinese telecommunications giant

Canadian authorities have arrested Meng Wanzhou, the company's CFO and daughter of its founder, at the request of the U.S. And Chinese officials have made quite clear they're not happy about it.

(Image credit: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images)

  • December 6th 2018 at 13:18

Georgia Charges Iranians In Ransomware Attack On Atlanta

By Vanessa Romo
The two men face federal charges of infecting Atlanta

U.S. Attorney Byung Pak says Faramarz Savandi and Mohammed Mansouri were behind the cyber extortion scheme that crippled many of the city's computer systems in March, causing millions in damages.

(Image credit: Jose Luis Magana/AP)

  • December 6th 2018 at 03:15

EU's Barnier issues warning over British Brexit vote

EU negotiator Michel Barnier said on Thursday that British lawmakers will have their country's future in their hands when they vote next week on the Brexit deal struck with Brussels.British MPs look set...

  • December 6th 2018 at 01:00

Tesco trial collapses after two executives cleared in UK

A trial at the heart of a £250-million ($320-million, 280-million-euro) British accounting scandal collapsed on Thursday after two executives with the global groceries chain Tesco were cleared of false...

  • December 6th 2018 at 01:00

Chicken Diplomacy: How President Bush Went For The Gut In The Former USSR

By Deena Prichep
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev (left) and former U.S. President George H.W. Bush share a light moment together outside the White House in 1990. Could they be discussing chicken?

The first Bush administration left the former Soviet Union with a taste for dark meat American chicken. It's all because of a Soviet food shortage, a U.S. surplus, and a deal with President Gorbachev.

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  • December 6th 2018 at 14:00

O2 Czech enhances HBO OD

By Chris Dziadul

The Czech incumbent O2 has introduced a number of improvements to the HBO On Demand (HBO OD) SVOD service.

These include the addition of more popular movies and serials of all genres, as well as a separate package named HBO OD Kids.

Commenting on HBO OD, which is becoming increasingly popular among subscribers, Anna Lenerová, head of content at O2 TV, said: “Customers do not have to worry that they will miss a favourite show because of the Christmas break, they can watch it at any time. Whether it’s a current Hollywood blockbuster, or increasingly popular series, not just an original HBO production. In addition, the content is updated every week, so users have something new to choose from”.

O2 TV is also enhancing its O2 Videotéka offer over the Christmas period and offering subscribers to the O2 TV M package the channels Filmbox premium and Nick Junior on a trial basis.

Comcast commits to editorially independent Sky News

By Julian Clover

Sky has entered into legally binding commitments with new owner Comcast Corporation that guarantee the continued operation and long-term funding of an editorially independent Sky News.

The commitments extend those already made in the post-offer period in May 2018. At the time, Comcast committed to maintaining inflation-adjusted funding in Sky News, to maintain Sky’s HQ in Osterley and not to acquire a UK newspaper, for a period of 5 years, as well as to establish the Sky News Board within three months of 9 October 2018.

The funding commitment has now been extended to 10 years and the Sky News Board has been established.

“We have invested in Sky News since it launched nearly thirty years ago and we are delighted that Comcast has joined us in extending its commitments, which will secure the future of Sky News for the next ten years,” said Sky Group CEO, Jeremy Darroch.

The board will be chaired by Thomson Foundation CEO, Nigel Baker.

The Head of Sky News will retain complete editorial control over all news output, and instructions to editorial staff are to come only from the Head of Sky News and his authorised delegates.

TVN drops international channel

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s TVN has closed TVN24 International, a news-based channel aimed principally at the Polish diaspora and broadcast in both Polish and English.

Quoting a statement from the TVN and Discovery Polska press office, Wirtualne Media reports that the move followed consultations with its international partners.

The statement added that TVN still makes the proprietary channels iTVN and iTVN Extra available to viewers outside the country.

TVN24 International was launched last year and overseen by Scripps Media Luxembourg, a subsidiary of Scripps Networks Interactive, now owned by Discovery Communications.

TVN drops international channel

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s TVN has closed TVN24 International, a news-based channel aimed principally at the Polish diaspora and broadcast in both Polish and English.

Quoting a statement from the TVN and Discovery Polska press office, Wirtualne Media reports that the move followed consultations with its international partners.

The statement added that TVN still makes the proprietary channels iTVN and iTVN Extra available to viewers outside the country.

TVN24 International was launched last year and overseen by Scripps Media Luxembourg, a subsidiary of Scripps Networks Interactive, now owned by Discovery Communications.

What Is Inflation Targeting And Why Does It Matter?

By Darian Woods

There's a number you could call the most important number for the economy. It's the Federal Reserve's inflation target. The story of how it came to be is a bit random, and begins in New Zealand.

  • December 6th 2018 at 11:11

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Paperwork Filed For USA Gymnastics

By Alexandra Starr

USA Gymnastics has filed for bankruptcy. It's the latest move for the beleaguered organization following a wide-ranging sexual abuse scandal involving athletes and a former team doctor.

  • December 6th 2018 at 11:11

Vodafone gears up for UPC Romania take-over

By Chris Dziadul

Vodafone has already created a team to prepare an integration strategy with UPC Romania.

Speaking to Ziarul Financiar, Murielle Lorilloux, CEO of Vodafone Romania, said that the team is working on every area of activity, ranging from commercial to IT and human resources.

She added that one of the biggest challenges is likely to be the integration of systems, as each company has their own and transforming them into fully convergent service will take time.

However, the benefits are likely to be seen in the first few months.

Lorilloux also stressed that whilst this preparation is taking place the two companies continue to compete.

Vodafone’s acquisition of Liberty Global’s assets in three CEE markets (Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic), as well as in Germany, is awaiting the approval of the European Commission and expected to close in 2019.

Millions of UK O2 customers hit by data glitch

Britain's Spanish-owned mobile phone operator O2 said Thursday that millions of customers are unable to use data owing to a software glitch.O2, a division of Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica,...

  • December 6th 2018 at 01:00
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