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QVC buying rival Home Shopping Network

What’s the secret of teleshopping? QVC’s corporate owner is buying longtime rival Home Shopping Network for 105 million easy payments of $ 19.99. Actually, the deal’s $ 2.1 billion price tag is being done in stock, not cash, and it encompasses the 61.8% of HSN(HSNI) that Liberty Interactive(QVCA), the owner of QVC, does not already own. “The addition of HSN will enhance QVC’s position as the leading global video eCommerce retailer,” said Greg Maffei, CEO of Liberty Interactive. “Every year they together produce over 55,000 hours of shoppable video content.” ...

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How to Set Up a Mesh Network for Your Home or Small Office

Traditionally, setting up Wi-Fi over a large area required a fair amount of sophistication. Doing it inexpensively often required repurposing low-end routers to avoid the high cost of dedicated access points (APs). That situation has changed dramatically, with literally dozens of companies now offering some type of mesh networking system that provides plug and play wireless access suitable for larger homes and small offices. Why mesh networking? When it works, having a mesh of Wi-Fi access points provides an easy-to-administer system with seamless coverage and quick transitions from one AP ...

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Fox News anchor joins lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, harassment at network

Fox News still under grand jury probe Fox News’ legal troubles grew even larger Tuesday, with new plaintiffs, including an anchor, joining a suit alleging racial discrimination and harassment at the network. The suit is now headlined by Kelly Wright, a black reporter and anchor who has been withFox News since 2003. Wright claims that he “has been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a ‘Jim Crow’ — the racist caricature of a Black entertainer.” Wright’s allegations involve, among others, recently fired Fox News host Bill O’Reilly ...

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Verizon launches Google Fiber-like speeds for its entire Fios network

Verizon’s ‘can you hear me now’ man joins Sprint Verizon’s internet service just got faster. The wireless carrier on Monday launched Fios Gigabit Connection, which provides downloads as fast as 940 megabits per second (Mbps) and uploads as fast as 880 Mbps. For comparison, Google Fiber offers a connection up to 1,000 megabits per second. The new service is an upgrade from Verizon’s Fios Instant Internet, which offered upload and download speeds of 750 Mbps, and launched in January. Related: Verizon loses wireless customers for first time Existing customers with ...

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How to use Facebook's new VR social network

Facebook Spaces: Never see your friends IRL again Facebook unveiled a new way to hang out with your friends without ever needing to leave your living room. The company launched Facebook Spaces at F8, the company’s developer conference, on Tuesday. Facebook Spaces is a new virtual reality social network. You can create a custom avatar based on photos from your Facebook(FB, Tech30) profile and spend time with up to three other people in a virtual space. You can take selfies, draw pictures with virtual pensand fist-bump your friends. Facebook Spaces ...

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North Korean banks kicked out of global messaging network

Three North Korean banks have been barred from the global messaging network that connects the world’s financial institutions. Their suspension highlights the continued efforts by the U.S. and its allies to cut North Korea off from the international financial system as Kim Jong Un’s regime pursues its nuclear weapons program. SWIFT, the global banking communications service, said Wednesday that it recently suspended the North Korean banks’ access to its vast network, which connects more than 11,000 entities around the world. Financial firms use SWIFT for millions of transactions each day, ...

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AT&T shuts down 2G network, ending support for original iPhone

No one has really cared about AT&T’s 2G network for years now, but it’s always been there if you needed it for some reason. That’s no longer the case as of January 1st, which is when AT&T says it pulled the plug on 2G (EDGE) data in the US. It didn’t make a big stink about it ahead of time because so few people had been using 2G. However, this move is a dagger to the heart of some devices — for example, the original iPhone from 2007. There were a ...

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DARPA tests network of 1,000 handheld radiation detectors in Washington

The US Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been working on a number of technologies designed to sniff out radioactive material, and it just deployed 1,000 handheld scanners to test one of those systems in the nation’s capitol. They way they did it was pretty unusual, though. As the first large-scale test of the SIGMA program, DARPA put together a mock kidnapping adventure game. Participants in the exercise were each given a backpack with a small SIGMA radiation detector. Each one is connected to a smartphone, ...

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Cable's record Election Night audiences bigger than network rivals

Relive the election night twists and turns in under 2 minutes Donald Trump’s stunning victory over Hillary Clinton drove record cable viewership on Election Night, drawing in bigger audiences than their network rivals. CNN had the night’s largest audience from 8 pm to 11 pm with 13.3 million primetime viewers, according to Nielsen. This number was up 43% from Election Night in 2012 and was the most watched Election Night in cable news history, Nielsen said. Coming in behind CNN was Fox News, which brought in 12.1 million viewers and ...

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