Microsoft gets EU approval for Skype purchase; Comcast will test IPTV waters in 2012

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> Microsoft has gained the European Union's approval to complete its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype. Article

> Russia's VimpelCom has appointed Mikhail Gerchuk joined VimpelCom Ltd. as group chief commercial officer and member of the management board. Release

> Westell will host its fiscal second quarter 2012 earnings conference call on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 9:30 a.m. ET. Release

> A new Plum Consulting study commissioned by the BBC confirms that having an open Internet will drive broadband growth. Article

> Lebanon's Ogero said it's back on track with its effort to put in the necessary equipment to deliver ADSL-based broadband service over its national network Article

> Tennessee's Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corp. will deploy ADTRAN's Total Access 5000 solution to deliver residential and business services including triple-play via FTTH. Release

> Be Broadband's core network overhaul will prepare it to transition to IPv6. Article

> Comcast will test the IPTV waters next year by providing a Slingbox-like device to enable users to access live TV from their tablet computers and Macs. Article

And finally ... Heavy Reading's fourth annual study of U.S. pay-TV subscribers revealed that Internet video quality is a factor for those subscribers. Release