Apple defends its proposed $960M Ireland data center; MaxLinear acquired Microsemi's base station assets for $21M

Installer news from across the web:

> Hong Kong #fiberoptic researchers claim new fastest #datacenter #optical #communications record. Scientific Computing article

> Apple will defend its proposed $960 million data center plans in Athenry, Ireland. Cult of Mac article

> D-Link announced immediate availability of the 10-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Switch (DXS-1100-10TS), expanding its family of popular 10GbE Smart Managed switches. Release

> MaxLinear, a Carlsbad digital signal chip maker, has acquired Microsemi Corp.'s cellular base station assets for $21 million in cash. San Diego Tribune article

> A team of researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), ITMO University (St Petersburg), and the Australian National University have demonstrated that silicon nanoparticles can significantly increase the intensity of the Raman effect. IEEE Spectrum article

Cable News

> Comcast has confirmed that it has bought French ad tech company Article

> Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) has entered the fray surrounding the FCC's "Unlock the Box" proposal, getting the back of agency Chairman Tom Wheeler as he tries to make into law the decidedly consumerist proposal. Article

Telecom News

> Verizon's wireline worker strike, which is now in its fourth week, is delaying the carrier's pending acquisition of XO Communications' fiber network, according to an XO executive. Article

> AT&T is putting its fiber installation workers to the task, announcing expansions of its fiber-to-the-premises services for residential and business customers in eight markets in the Midwest, South and West. Article

Wireless News

> Sprint wholesale partner Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) closed on its acquisition of nTelos and said it will invest $350 million to upgrade to LTE and build out its network. Article

> The FCC and the Federal Trade Commission are joining forces to look into how carriers, phone vendors and others review and release security updates for mobile devices. Article

And finally … Claire Danes' L.E.D. couture turned heads during the recent Met Gala event. Vanity Fair article