Global M&A back at 2007 levels; Automotive networking creates need for 1 Gbps over existing copper wiring standard

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> The Financial Times reports that while we're back at 2007 levels for global M&A, bankers say the deals are different this time. Article

> tw telecom announced that Irene M. Esteves, former CFO of Time Warner Cable, has been nominated to stand for election at the company's 2014 annual meeting of stockholders scheduled for June 5. Release

> Verizon Communications says it received almost double the video-on-demand requests it got a year ago during this month's FiOS on Demand Marathon, which ran April 1 to 7. Article

Cable News
> Despite efforts to make its content as available as possible--to viewing customers of course--on as many platforms as possible, HBO tops the list of cable networks whose content is consistently pirated. Article

> Charter Communications lost about 66,000 video subscribers year-over-year in the first quarter and gained about 353,000 broadband subscribers during the same time period, according to a company earnings report. Article

Online Video News
> Numerous Hulu viewers who use anonymous IP proxies to access the streaming service found themselves blocked this weekend following a stepped-up effort to prevent its data from being streamed outside its U.S. territory. Article

Wireless News
> Facebook will unveil a mobile advertising network this week at its f8 developer conference called Facebook Audience Network, according to TechCrunch. The conference starts April 30. Article

> HTC has reportedly named a new CFO as its current CFO focuses more on global sales amid the company's efforts to revive revenues behind its new flagship One M8 smartphone and mid-range phones. Article

And finally… Automotive networking is driving the creation of a new standard that supports 1 Gbps over existing copper wiring. Article