Dell Labs researchers begin building NFV software tools for IoT applications; Birch promotes Murphy to VP and CFO

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> Dell Labs researchers in Santa Clara, Calif., are working on machine learning software and tools for network functions virtualization (NFV) for its servers used by service providers that may even have some applications in the Internet of Things. Article

> Birch Communications has promoted Scott Murphy to the role of vice president and CFO. Release

> CenturyLink has licensed the Reference Design Kit (RDK), making it the first U.S. telco to confirm its interest in using a pre-integrated software stack for IP-capable and hybrid IP/QAM set-tops and gateways. Article

> Vint Cerf, who helped design the modern Internet, says that Internet users need to embrace a transition to IPv6 protocol to alleviate new traffic jams created by the Internet of Things. Article

Cable News
> Cisco unveiled its new cBR-8 Evolved Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) product, noting that Comcast is among the cable operators now deploying the box into its network. Article

> DirecTV reported U.S. subscriber growth of 60,000 and global customer expansion of 279,000 in the first quarter, driven by its lowest churn rate in six years. Article

Online Video News
> Content discovery for Periscope may get a whole lot easier with the launch of Stream, an app through which users can browse and find live streams on the popular Twitter-owned service and access them in real time. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon Wireless is testing a series of promotions in various markets across the country in advance of potentially launching a national promotional offer, according to a report from an industry analyst. Article

> In the battle for marketshare, T-Mobile US is now putting its focus on competitor Verizon Wireless. With its new "Never Settle Trial" T-Mobile is offering Verizon customers the opportunity to try T-Mobile's network and service for up to two weeks at no cost. Article

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