Facebook, Bill Gates donate $9M to improve broadband access for schools; Cloud brings flexibility to businesses, says Cbeyond

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> Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have donated $9 million to EducationSuperHighway, a non-profit organization focused on improving broadband availability for schools. Article

> Brian Washburn of Current Analysis examines how established startups are offering over-the-top managed IT services for SMBs. Report (sub. req.)

Cable News

> Less than three weeks after naming Comcast veteran Steve Reynolds CTO, Harris Broadcast said it struck a deal to acquire IP video tech firm Imagine Communications. Article

> Starz launched TV Everywhere app Starz Play on Microsoft's Xbox 360, allowing subscribers from Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Cablevision, DirecTV and Dish Network to navigate on-demand movies and TV series through the gaming console. Article

Online Video News

> M-Go, a movie download service backed by DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor, is hoping retail shoppers will buy title-specific gift cards redeemable for HD movie downloads. Article

Wireless News

> The Competitive Carriers Association urged the FCC to form a special wireless competition task force to explore several key issues it argues are interrelated, such as spectrum aggregation and spectrum auctions. Article

> China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued licenses for the TD-LTE standard to the country's three carriers, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. Article

And finally … Adopting the cloud brings flexibility to small businesses, says Cbeyond. Article


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