Verizon's CFO Fran Shammo to speak at Oppenheimer event; IBM has built a computer chip that functions like a brain

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> Verizon's executive vice president and CFO Fran Shammo will speak at the Oppenheimer 17th Annual Technology, Internet & Communications Conference in Boston on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Release

> Gartner examines the identity of things for the Internet of Things. Article

> Open Signal study reveals that Google's Wi-Fi at Starbucks outperformed locations powered by AT&T. Article

> IBM has built a computer chip that functions like a brain. Article

> Copel Telecom, a wholly-owned telecommunications subsidiary of Brazilian power utility firm Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel), plans to extend its fiber-based broadband coverage to the north of Parana state.  Article

Cable News
> Trying to inspire consumer activism against Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable, the Consumers Union is using a little humor in its just-released national TV commercial. Article

> Handling a barrage of relevant questions from investors following CBS Corp.'s Q2 earnings report, CBS chief executive Les Moonves said that his company has renewed its deal with Netflix, that it won't be buying CNN, and that 75 percent of its commercials will soon be sold off of C7 audience metrics. Article

Online Video News
> The release of a new second-screen app by the NFL this week featuring archived footage of games, highlights and interviews has some viewers speculating that the league will follow up with its own live streaming of NFL games. Not likely, experts say. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon Wireless intends to allow its rural LTE roaming partners to gain access to its AWS spectrum to enhance capacity on their LTE networks, according to a Verizon executive. Article

> The FCC voted to require all wireless carriers and certain over-the-top messaging providers to support text-to-911 services by the end of the year. Article

And finally… Ron Miller: If You Think Big Data's Big Now, Just Wait. As much as we have now, it will pale by comparison with what's coming. Article