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What is the future of the cable industry's $20B set-top business?

Federal regulators have worked for decades to come up with ways to remove the cable industry's lock on the set-top box. The goal, they argue, is to give customers the option to purchase whatever set-top they want, rather than leasing the one from their cable operator. Special report

Microsoft preps new Lumia smartphones, but phone ambitions have dimmed

Microsoft is expected to announce new flagship Windows smartphones at an event in New York City tomorrow which will likely be dubbed the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. While the device names and their specifications have largely leaked, what's unclear is how Microsoft is going to position the phones as part of its broader mobile strategy. According to the Wall Street Journal, after years of floundering in the mass-market smartphone wars, Microsoft is likely going to try and redefine success by focusing on market niches.

Verizon reportedly spending $80M to market Go90 video service at launch, but app falls in App Store rankings

Verizon's Go90 mobile video application launched late last week and is reportedly being abetted by an $80 million marketing campaign to get the word out and drum up users, especially among its prized millennial demographic. However, Go90 dropped in app-tracking company App Annie's rankings of apps in Apple's App Store after its debut.

AT&T turned on 700 MHz interoperability feature in network, is selling Band 12-capable devices

AT&T Mobility said it continues to work with several smaller carriers, likely including T-Mobile US and U.S. Cellular, to create roaming between different 700 MHz band classes but is still encountering some hurdles. Nevertheless, in delivering a progress report on its 700 MHz interoperability efforts to the FCC, AT&T noted that it has turned on the feature in its network that lets its network operate simultaneously in both Band 12 and Band 17 and support devices in both band classes.

With $50M in ad commitments, Verizon's Go90 launches to #14 in iOS entertainment app rankings

According to app-tracking company App Annie, Verizon's Go90 mobile video service landed at No. 14 in the "entertainment" category of Apple's U.S. App Store in its first 24 hours of availability, behind the likes of Netflix (No. 1), Hulu (#2), Kylie Jenner Official App (#8), Recolor - Coloring Book For Adults (#9) and Triller - Music Video Maker (#13). However, the app did end up ahead of Comcast's XFINITY TV Go (#19) and HBO NOW (#28).


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AT&T's proposed fixed wireless local loop (WLL) service would require installations of network gear at cell sites and in customers' homes, but AT&T is not sure that the technology will pan out as a replacement for fixed broadband service.