Facebook apologizes for recent outage; TE Connectivity to acquire Measurement Specialties for $1.7B

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> Facebook issues mea culpa for its recent network outage. Article

> TE Connectivity has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Measurement Specialties for $86 cash per share or a total transaction value of approximately $1.7 billion (including assumption of net debt). Release

> Ooredoo Qatar said its direct fiber access network now reaches 150,000 customers subscribing to its broadband Internet and 'Mozaic' IPTV services. Article

Cable News
> The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is marking up a new bill dubbed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, which would permanently extend a ban on local and state Internet taxes that dates from 1998. Article

> Some 60 rural cable operators serving about 900,000 customers throughout the U.S. have ditched Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and other Viacom cable networks in the wake of failed contract negotiations between the operators and programmer. Article

Online Video News
> Live streaming of sporting events is continuing to pick up steam, with World Cup soccer viewing driving spikes even higher than February's record-setting Sochi Olympics. Article

Wireless News
> As expected, Amazon debuted its long-awaited smartphone, dubbed Fire, that will be sold exclusively by AT&T Mobility. Article

> T-Mobile US is trying to lure customers to its network by offering a free test drive for seven days with the iPhone 5s. Article

And finally… AT&T claims "strong" net neutrality would actually ruin the Internet. Article