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> Fusion acquires unified communications and cloud services provider NBS. Article

> The 5 newest VoIP apps on the market. Article

> VoIP enhances Hobsons Bay customer service. Article

> Uptake of VoIP could signal the end of traditional telephony. Article

> Bangladesh to legalize international VoIP by January. Article

Telecom News

> Birch Communications, a CLEC serving a mix of SMBs and residential customers, on Thursday announced that it will waive service charges for any of its customers that suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy. Article

> XO Communications on Thursday reported that it is continuing to assess damage to its network caused by Hurricane Sandy and is conducting recovery efforts in major East Coast cities and as far west as Ohio. Article

> FairPoint Communications on Friday reported that Q3 2012 revenue was $242.1 million, down sequentially from $243.5 million, as the expected decline in voice service revenue was partially offset by residential broadband as well as Ethernet services for businesses and wholesale carrier customers. Article

Cable News

> Cablevision said Friday that it will credit the bills of its Optimum subscribers who have lost cable TV, Internet and phone service as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Article

> Time Warner Cable said it is dispatching mobile charging stations vans containing WiFi transmitters in New York that residents who have lost power from Hurricane Sandy can use to surf the Web and recharge mobile phones, tablets and laptop computers. Article

> Cable One lost 7,672 basic video subscribers and 1,448 telephone customers during the third quarter, its parent company reported Friday. Article

IPTV News

> BT has hit the 750,000 subscriber milestone for its BT Vision IPTV service, thanks to the 21,000 new customers who signed up in the third quarter of this year. It's also accelerating its fiber rollout, the company said. Article

> IPTV in the third quarter of 2012. Article

Online Video News

> Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has added his two cents--OK, so maybe a little more than that, like $168.9 million--into Netflix, creating yet more intrigue about whether the company will be acquired at any time soon. Article

> 451 Research's ChangeWave service issued a survey that showed Netflix is still king of the space, but Amazon is more than just a pretender standing in the shadows. Article

And finally… Thief steals laptop from owner's lap. Article