Obama warns of new Internet threats; MagicJack, RadioShack develop distribution agreement

Wireline news from across the web: 

> President Barack Obama warned the U.S. government and businesses that the Internet is under threat on several levels. Reuters article

> MagicJack VocalTec has entered into a U.S. distribution agreement with the RadioShack neighborhood electronics store. Release

> Brazil's Oi has upgraded its wireline broadband portfolio with VDSL technology, enabling it to offer new 25 Mbps and 35 Mbps speed tiers for residential and business customers. TeleGeography article

> AT&T has hired former Sirius XM head of products Enrique Rodriguez as executive vice president and CTO of its entertainment and Internet business. Variety article

> Former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell will lead the newly established Arctic Economic Council (AEC) Telecommunications working group. Release

Cable News
> Following up its $9.1 billion purchase of Suddenlink Communications in May with a $17.7 billion-plus debt acquisition of Cablevision, French telecom conglomerate Altice SA has "lofty synergy expectations for its combined collection of U.S. cable assets," analysts say. Article

> Multiscreen services company Synacor has announced a deal to provide portal, TV Everywhere authentication and search and discovery platform services to Texas operator Grande Communications. Article

Online Video News
> Amazon released its updated Fire TV streaming device, adding 4K capability, higher processing power, and a gaming option with a game controller and two bundled games. Article

Wireless News
> Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company has added postpaid handset customers for four months straight through August, the first time the carrier had done that in 40 months. Article

> T-Mobile US is once again the subject of M&A speculation following French telecom conglomerate Altice's deal to buy Cablevision, with financial analysts suggesting T-Mobile could be in play for a cable operator. Article

And finally@FrontierCorp: Use your Frontier Internet to remotely monitor your home and save on your utility bills. Digital Trends article


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