GBI will expand network to Europe; Obama administration issues executive order on cyberattacks

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> Gulf Bridge International (GBI) has launched a network expansion that includes what it says is the first terrestrial fiber optic link connecting all the countries of the Gulf region to Europe. Article

> President Obama issues executive order to protect the country's critical infrastructure against cyberattacks. Article

> Digium has begun offering Switchvox Cloud, a hosted version of its Switchvox phone system for small and medium-sized business (SMB) customers who want enterprise-class features at an affordable price. Release

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> Comcast is developing an improved user interface that it calls X2, despite the fact that it has not completed the nationwide roll-out of its Xfinity X1 digital video service. Article

> The Outdoor Channel said it got a $227 million unsolicited offer from Kroenke Sports & Entertainment less than four months after it agreed to merge with Intermedia. Article


> Swedish telecom and IPTV service provider Com Hem plans to launch a hybrid television offering that combines the best elements of traditional IPTV with online video. Article

> Samsung has obtained exclusive IPTV rights to content from Yahoo!7, a joint partnership between the Seven West Media Group and Yahoo! Inc. Article

And finally… Aetna's CEO Mark Bertolini said its growing telecommuting workforce has enabled the Connecticut-based health insurer cut real estate costs. Article