EarthLink to release Q2 earnings on Aug. 5; Nevada leads the U.S. in wiretapping activity, says Pew Research

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> EarthLink will host a conference call on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 8:30 a.m. EDT to discuss its second-quarter 2014 financial results. Release

> A new Pew Research Center report reveals that Nevada leads the U.S. in wiretapping activity. Article

> South African fixed line operator Telkom said that line rental prices will rise beginning in August, while ADSL rates will remain unchanged. Article (sub. req.)

> AT&T made two contributions totaling $50,000 to support the new Pennsylvania Governor's School for Engineering and Technology (PGSE&T) at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences (PGSS) at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Release

Cable News
> DirecTV has notably turned a cold shoulder to big launches of regional sports networks recently, shunning TimeWarner SportsNet LA, the Pac-12 Network and CSN Houston, for example. Article

> After a highly profitable three-year run, pay-TV programmers, particularly "pure-play" cable networks, are facing some tough times. Article

Online Video News
> Top Netflix original series House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black are in the running for top honors, garnering more than 10 nominations each as the 2014 Emmy awards were announced. Article

Wireless News
> Despite spearheading disparate Internet of Things alliances, executives from Qualcomm and Intel say that the IoT ecosystem would benefit from having one standard and one platform. Article

> Vish Nandlall, CTO and head of strategy and marketing at Ericsson North America, is leaving the company to join Australian operator Telstra as its group CTO. Nandlall said his new position will begin in August. Article

And finally… AT&T comes first in list of preferred stocks as Verizon fails to impress, according to a new Seeking Alpha report. Article