AT&T introduces HD version of the Ovation network for U-verse subs; Straight Path, Bandwidth.com settle patent dispute

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@FierceTelecom RT @ BROADBANDforAMERICA: "Consumers will have more choices to access/experience Internet." Article | Follow @FierceTelecom

> ‏AT&T U-verse TV has launched a high definition version of Ovation, the arts-focused cable network, for its U-verse subscribers. Article

> Straight Path IP Group, Inc. has settled its patent dispute with Bandwidth.com involving Straight Path IP Group's patent portfolio relating to communications over a network. Release

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> Google has agreed to buy Nest Labs, which makes Internet-connected devices like thermostats and smoke alarms, for $3.2 billion in cash. Article

> Top executives at technology vendors TiVo and ActiveVideo told FierceCable that a Charter-TWC marriage could drive growth for their companies as the major MSOs look to introduce new products, including cloud-based program guides capable of delivering Netflix content on TV. Article

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> BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that his main focus is on building back up the company's legacy enterprise business. Article

> Apple's main iPhone supplier Foxconn shipped 1.4 million iPhone 5s units to China Mobile last week, according to the Wall Street Journal, in anticipation of China Mobile's Jan. 17 launch of the iPhone for the first time. Article

And finally… North Carolina's plans to develop and implement digital textbooks in its schools shows that the call to get ERate 2.0 up and running needs to be addressed quickly. Article

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