Birch enhances customer portal for TotalCloud PBX; Google introduces new big data services

Wireline news from across the web: 

> Birch Communications announced today that its enhanced BirchConnect customer portal for TotalCloud PBX is now live to customers. Release

> Google has introduced new big data services that it said will allow customers to build software for detecting financial fraud detection, genomics analysis, and inventory management. Fortune article

> U.S. authorities have requested that European counterparts seize around $1 billion in assets in Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Sweden and Switzerland related to a criminal investigation of alleged corruption by three global telecoms companies and intermediaries close to the daughter of Uzbekistan's president. WSJ article

Cable News
> The battle between cable operator Mediacom and local TV broadcasters has reached epic levels of rhetoric, with the National Association of Broadcasters issuing a fiery filing with the FCC calling Mediacom's requests "silly" and its customer service "dismal." Article

> Although the pay-TV industry overall reported its largest ever quarterly subscriber loss, the cable sector actually fared well in the second quarter in terms of Internet customers. Article

Installer News
> As part of its now-completed acquisition of DirecTV, AT&T has promised to build fiber to 14 million customer locations in the next four years. But according to company executives, that buildout will be far quicker and less expensive than the company's initial fiber efforts." Article

Wireless News
> AT&T Mobility is revamping and simplifying its pricing plans for its Mobile Share Value shared data plans, eliminating some options and giving customers more data for the same amount or less on others. Article

> Intel's chips will ship in around 50 percent of the new models of Apple's iPhones, according to a report from Northland Capital Markets analyst Gus Richard. Article

And finally … "Connected devices enable the 'no office' to become a reality."  IT News Africa article