Google ramps up its cloud service offerings; BCE names Gordon Nixon as a director

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> Google is ramping up its cloud service offerings in an effort to catch up with Amazon Web Services. Article

> BCE has appointed of Gordon M. Nixon as a director of BCE and Bell Canada. Release

> Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T, will deliver a keynote at the Wells Fargo Securities Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in New York on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 8 a.m. ET. Release

> Cenx has received initial orders from three new service provider customers in Asia, Europe and North America. Release

Cable News
> shomi, the new SVOD service being jointly launched by Canadian pay-TV operators Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications, has launched. Article

> UniTek, a Blue Bell, Penn.-based systems integrator servicing Comcast, DirecTV, AT&T and other top pay-TV operators, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will restructure with its creditors taking ownership. Article

Online Video News
> While it's about time the FCC finally recognized that regulations for facilities-based MVPDs are "anachronistic," the commission is completely clueless about what broadband video really is, and what it means for media and entertainment's future, an analyst with The Diffusion Group says. Article

Wireless News
> Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is holding talks on a funding round that would value the company at around $40 billion to $50 billion, according to a Bloomberg report, the latest sign of the firm's rapid ascendance in the smartphone market. Article

> AT&T Mobility is giving customers a new option to pay for their smartphones through its Next installment plan, allowing customers to pay off the cost of their phones in 30 monthly installments instead of 20 or 24 payments. Article

And finally… @gwimaine: YouTube Has Paid $1 Billion to Copyright Holders Since 2007. The company's content ID program scans 400 years' worth of content every day.

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