Riverbed Technology agrees to be bought for $3.6B; Qualcomm, Intel and Brocade join NBASE-T Alliance

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> UK ISP Fuel Broadband is offering a Google Chromecast video streaming dongle until Dec. 30 with its Unlimited Fuel Broadband package. Article

> Riverbed Technology agrees to be bought by Thoma Bravo and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan for $3.6 billion. Article

> Qualcomm, Intel and Brocade join the NBASE-T Alliance, a group pushing for 2.5G and 5G Ethernet. Article

Cable News
> NBC has announced plans to launch a live stream of its broadcast network, but is doing so within the confines of the TV Everywhere model. Article

> Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Dish Network-subscribing Fox News fans might have to get the latest on the Benghazi "cover up" and road to impeachment from another news outlet. Article

Online Video News
> While Apple's iPad and iPhone dominate the overall mobile video viewing market, two tablet-size devices--Amazon's Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy--are grabbing a huge share of video viewing rates, a new study by Adobe has found. Article

Wireless News
> During his recent visit to China, President Barack Obama pushed his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, on the use of Chinese antitrust policy to limit royalty fees for foreign companies, according to a Reuters report. Article

> Sprint could be faced with a whopping $105 million fine from the FCC for knowingly overcharging its customers for third-party services, according to a National Journal report. Article

And finally… @TelcoAmericana: Maine #Telco develops digital lobster-logging tool. Article