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> Microsoft sells 40 million Windows 8 licenses in a month, says CEO Steve Ballmer. Article

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Telecom News

> Amidst a challenging economy and slower spending at all of the larger service providers, the WDM (wave division multiplexing) optical market appears to be holding its own, a new Dell'Oro report indicates. Article

Cable News

> Verizon launched a FiOS TV application on the LG Smart TV platform Wednesday which lets its cable subscribers stream live TV programming from 75 networks owned by Viacom, AMC Networks, Discovery Communications, Time Warner and Walt Disney Co. Article

> Cablevision said Wednesday that it promoted 23-year company veteran Tom Montemagno to EVP of programming. Article

IPTV News

> Cable ONE, the nation's 10th largest MSO with 740,000 customers in 19 states, will use TiVo software to expand its whole-home and multi-screen IP connectivity offerings, the two companies announced this week. Article

> Verizon FiOS could be the next multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) to lose the rights to AMC Networks' programming. Article

Online Video News

> There is a "seismic shift in consumer viewing habits" occurring in the United States and U.K. as nearly half of all consumers watch broadband-delivered over-the-top content on their televisions, Accenture's "Pulse of Media Consumer Survey" says. Article

> It's only in a very early stage, but it appears that newspaper video networks could emerge as the way for newspapers to serve and/or recapture readers in local markets. Article

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