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What data scientists want. (It's not just money): expert

Reuters Technology - August 29, 2014 - 7:53am
Claudia Perlich, Chair of the 2014 Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, explains the incentives tech companies offer to recruit data scientists, and what candidates are looking for.

Google tests drones for deliveries

Reuters Technology - August 29, 2014 - 7:24am
Google is testing unmanned drones to deliver anything from dog food to medicine. But it faces many challenges, including regulatory approval, before it can really fly. Fred Katayama reports.

Telenet invests in expansion to Giga network

BroadbandTVNews - August 29, 2014 - 3:39am

Over the coming five years, Belgium’s Telenet, as the first operator in Europe, is to invest a total of €500 million to upgrade the cable network in Flanders to a Giga network. Read the story »

DOCSIS shipments pass 1.2 million

BroadbandTVNews - August 29, 2014 - 3:31am

Shipments of CCAP (converged cable access platform) and CMTS upstream and downstream DOCSIS channels have passed the one million mark for the first time. Read the story »

Inea makes acquisition

BroadbandTVNews - August 29, 2014 - 3:11am

The Polish cable operator Inea has become the majority shareholder in WSS, a company building a NGA network in the Wielkopolska voivodship in western Poland. Read the story »

Spark New Zealand selects Xstream OTT platform

BroadbandTVNews - August 29, 2014 - 2:54am

Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom NZ) has selected Xstream’s professional video management platform, Xstream MediaMaker, for delivery of their new OTT video service, Lightbox. Read the story »

Sanctions hit Russian satellite industry

BroadbandTVNews - August 29, 2014 - 2:31am

US sanctions are having a direct impact on the Russian satellite industry, according to Igor Kot, the deputy general director for marketing and business planning at Gazprom Space Systems (GKS). Read the story »

ER Telecom continues to improve

BroadbandTVNews - August 29, 2014 - 2:11am

The Russian cable operator ER Telecom maintained its recent improved financial performance in the first of the year, posting a net profit of R1,578 million (€32.8 million). Read the story »

VAT rise hits Canal+

BroadbandTVNews - August 29, 2014 - 1:54am

Revenues in Canal+ France took a hit in the first half of 2014 following January’s VAT increase from 7% to 10%. Read the story »

ARD connects HbbTV to second screen

BroadbandTVNews - August 29, 2014 - 1:53am

German public broadcaster ARD has commenced offering viewers with connected TV sets the possibility to use their smart phone or tablet as a remote control for navigating through its catch-up TV service ARD Mediathek on the TV screen. Read the story »

Digital TV grows in Hungary

BroadbandTVNews - August 29, 2014 - 1:48am

Almost 70% of Hungarian pay-TV homes now opt for digital services. Read the story »

Better Homes and Gardens streams to smart TVs

BroadbandTVNews - August 29, 2014 - 1:44am

WATCH VIDEO. Meredith Corporation will partner with Net2TV Corporation to launch a new streaming on-demand television show for connected television based on the popular Better Homes and Gardens brand. Read the story »

Mixed picture for Netia

BroadbandTVNews - August 29, 2014 - 1:33am

Poland’s Netia continues to gain TV subscribers despite posting disappointing financial results. Read the story »

Optus 10 and Measat 3B set for September 11 launch

BroadbandTVNews - August 29, 2014 - 1:25am

Preparations continue to move ahead for Arianespace’s Ariane 5 Flight VA218, as the Optus 10 spacecraft has undergone its fit-check and fueling for a dual-passenger mission targeted for September 11 from French Guiana. Read the story »

MTGx forms content team

BroadbandTVNews - August 29, 2014 - 12:49am

MTGx, the digital content division of Modern Times Group, has announced that Fredrik Ljungberg will assume the role as programming director for Viaplay Nordic. He’ll take up the role on October 1. Read the story »

Chris Dziadul Reports: Romanian roulette

BroadbandTVNews - August 28, 2014 - 11:09pm

Romania is yet another country in Central and Eastern Europe where media freedoms are gradually being eroded. Read the story »

Loud TV commercials will get quieter starting next June

EngadgetHD - August 28, 2014 - 9:27pm

Binging on Mad Men via Netflix or Blu-ray has a few advantages over watching the show when it broadcasts. Namely, not having to sit through commercials that jump higher in volume than anything heard in the halls of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. As spotted by The Hill, the FCC is hoping to change that last bit with an update to 2011's Commercial Advertisement Litigation Mitigation (CALM) Act; the outfit recently ruled for further volume-fluctuation restrictions for certain TV ads. Starting June 4th next year, an improved loudness measurement algorithm will be implemented that should make watching TV a bit more pleasant. How? It won't count the silent parts of an ad that can offset the commercial's average volume measurement, thus bringing the overall audio level down -- something that apparently hasn't been done before. We can't imagine that Harry Crane would be pleased by any of this.

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LG is getting out of plasma TVs too, expect an official announcement soon

EngadgetHD - August 28, 2014 - 8:05pm

On the B-side of LG's announcement that it will start selling two 4K OLED TVs, is the bad news for plasma. Korean papers Yonhap News and The Korea Times report home entertainment division lead Ha Hyun-hwoi's comments that the company will end production of plasma TVs soon. According to Ha, LG is conducting an internal study to decide when it will end plasma production -- not a bad run after rumors said it would shut down in 2008 and 2009 -- and will make an official announcement on the issue soon. LG is the last major brand making plasmas after Samsung announced its exit earlier this year, and Yonhap says that once LG shuts down, China's Changhong Electric Co. (the same company once on the receiving end of $1 billion worth of stolen plasma tech from LG) will be the only major manufacturer left in the game. If you don't love LCDs and you're not ready to drop $3,500 on a 55-inch OLED, it may be time to grab one of the few remaining plasmas and ride that out for the next few years.

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Source: Yonhap News, The Korea Times

Hot commodity: The data scientist

Reuters Technology - August 28, 2014 - 5:53pm
Tech companies are amping up the incentives to attract top talent, as the need for data scientists ramps up. Lily Jamali reports.

Hot commodity: The data scientist

Reuters Technology - August 28, 2014 - 5:36pm
Competition for data scientists is heating up as their skills become increasingly important to the world's tech companies. Lily Jamali reports.
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