Government agencies could save $20B via cloud computing; Verizon wins MEF's Global Service provider of Year award

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> U.S. government agencies could save $20 billion a year by using cloud computing. Article

> Verizon has been named the Metro Ethernet Forum's Global Service Provider of the Year for the fifth year in a row and received top wholesale, marketing and regional honors. Release

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> Executives at Comcast and Charter Communications have had preliminary talks aimed at acquiring Time Warner Cable, which could help each operator expand cable system clusters in Los Angeles, New York and other markets, according to Bloomberg. Article

> The National Hockey League is negotiating new TV rights deals with networks in Canada that could see the league generate $350 million in annual revenue, according to a report from Sports Business Daily. Article

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> LG Electronics sharply refuted a report from a South Korean publication that it was considering exiting the smartphone market, dismissing it as "completely false." Article

> ZTE plans to launch a smart watch of its own in the second quarter of next year to challenge Samsung Electronics and others, according to Lu Qianhao, ZTE's head of handset marketing strategy. Article

And finally … A new global survey says that smart home services are key to new revenue opportunities for broadband providers. Post