Dish Networks wins bid for Blockbuster; Online courses grow despite concerns over quality

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> Dish Network placed the winning $320 million bid to purchase Blockbuster's movie rental business, beating out offers from Carl Icahn and other investors. Article

> Telx has entered into a strategic alliance with CoreLink Data Centers to extend their respective data center footprints in the U.S. Release

> A growing number of Canadian and U.S. TV subscribers will cut their traditional cable and satellite TV subscriptions and get their content online. Article

> Italtel, an integrator for wireline and wireless networks, has achieved the Cisco Advanced Managed Services Certification. Release

> Telcordia will host its earnings call to discuss the fiscal 2011 year that ended on Jan. 31, 2011. Release  

> Brazil's telecom standards body Associacao Brasileira de Recursos em Telecomunicacoes (or ABR Telecom) said that 1.22 million Brazilians had their numbers ported in Q1 2011. Article

> Verizon will offer its home monitoring and control service to the planned Brambelton, Va. housing community beginning this fall. Article

And finally ... The online classroom may be becoming an integral part of a student's learning experience, but critics wonder if it's just another way to spend less money on hiring and retaining teachers and upgrading school buildings. Article