Report says Microsoft close to naming Satya Nadella as its new CEO; Chinese service providers become dominant submarine cable players

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> Microsoft is likely to name Satya Nadella, the company's enterprise and cloud chief, as its new CEO, reports Bloomberg. Article

> The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) announced Criterion Network Labs (CNLabs) as ONF's fourth international conformance and interoperability testing facility. Release

> Windstream has been recognized with the 2013 U.S. North American Market Growth Excellence Leadership Award in VoIP Access and SIP Trunking Services. Release

> Cisco taps into the Internet of Things concept with its new IOx offering, which it says will include a Linux OS to help bring software to the network's edge. Article

Cable News
> Time Warner Cable will unveil a new brand for its cable service later this year in New York City and Los Angeles, where it plans to launch new wideband Internet tiers and super DVRs containing six tuners, CEO Rob Marcus said Thursday. Article

> Dish Network began marketing two portable satellite TV receivers that it said are designed for tailgaters at sporting events and subscribers who like camping. Article

Wireless News
> Facebook reported a surge in profit and revenue in the fourth quarter and said that the percentage of revenue it gets from mobile advertising crossed 50 percent for the first time. Article

> The Department of Justice's top antitrust official said that any wireless merger among the four Tier 1 carriers would face heightened scrutiny, a strong hint that any potential deal between Sprint and T-Mobile US would face an uphill battle with the DOJ. Article

And finally… Sunil Tagare: China's largest telcos have become the new Gods of submarine cable. Article