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HBO Now is a competitor to pay-TV, WSJ says...but that may not be so bad

Starting this Sunday HBO may reshape the way people think of premium TV. It may also spell trouble for traditional pay-TV operators, despite HBO's efforts to the contrary.

Oregon cities look to bypass Google Fiber by building own 1 Gbps networks

Google Fiber may have cited Oregon as one of its potential destinations for its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service, but a number of local towns are looking into potentially building a network that can provide similar services themselves.

MCX plans to launch CurrentC mobile payments platform in 1 market in mid-2015

The Merchant Content Exchange (MCX), which will launch a mobile payments service under the CurrentC brand, plans to introduce the service in one market in mid-2015. Meanwhile, there are also indications that Microsoft could jump into mobile payments to counter Apple Pay and Google's Android-based payments service.

Don't be the first developer hit by an inter-app security attack

We all know what it means when we say, "the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing." Usually we're referring to people or organizations who act in ways that show they clearly aren't talking to each other. It's just as bad when it happens with mobile apps--except when the tradeoff for improved communication is poor inter-app security.

Google Fiber says it's still months away from turning up service in Austin

Google Fiber has told eagerly awaiting residential customers who have signed up to get its service in Austin, Texas, that they may have to wait a number of months before they get a 1 Gbps connection. It clearly places Google Fiber behind AT&T and Grande Communications, which already offer the service in the city.

AT&T brings 1 Gbps service to Houston, surrounding areas

AT&T is now offering its 1 Gbps GigaPower fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service in Houston and various surrounding areas, enhancing its reach in its home state to battle insurgent players like Google Fiber.

Google sidesteps lawsuit over its Android apps

A lawsuit alleging that Google was harming consumers by forcing handset makers to use its own Android apps as the default options in smartphones has been withdrawn by the plaintiffs, an action that appears to remove a cloud over Google's Android strategy.

AT&T supports NAB petition calling for better white space database management

AT&T is throwing its support behind an emergency petition filed by the National Association of Broadcasters calling for better management of the nation's TV white space spectrum.

App developers don't show much excitement about Google's plans to boost Android app installs

Google is promising to boost app installs with a revamped program that will include its Display Network and video ads. However, there didn't seem to be a very enthusiastic response to the news from Android developers.

Comcast takes it to Google Fiber with 2 Gbps residential service in Atlanta

Comcast is seeing Google Fiber's 1 Gbps broadband service and raising it. The cable conglomerate announced Thursday that it will offer symmetrical 2 Gbps service to 1.5 million customers in Atlanta starting in May, with eventual plans to to extend the service to 18 million residences by the end of this year.