tw telecom retains 3rd spot on VSG's Ethernet Leaderboard; SMBs find utility with LinkedIn

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> The remote Kenyan island of Mfangano enjoys possibly the longest WiFi-based broadband link in Africa, at 90 km, deployed by Inveneo and SetRight. Article

> Cox Communications is reportedly offering a 150 Mbps speed tier in select markets, according to a Broadband DSL Reports user forum. Article

> tw telecom retained its third spot on Vertical Systems Group's year-end 2012 Business Ethernet Services Leaderboard. Release

> Dell is being courted by a buyout consortium led by Michael Dell, the company's founder and CEO, and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners in a potential $24 billion deal. Article

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> Glenn Britt, Time Warner Cable's CEO, plans to leave the company when his contract expires at the end of 2013, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Article

> Apple is reportedly establishing a partnership with Time Warner Cable to offer the MSO's HBO Go application on Apple TV by the middle of this year. Article

Online Video News
> Separate research reports from NPD and TDG say that consumers' video viewing will be conducted on two distinct platforms: physical media such as Blu-ray disks and wirelessly on tablets. Article

And finally … Small and medium sized businesses say that LinkedIn is better than Twitter in helping drive their companies' growth. Article