Verizon to assist in Colorado Springs wildfire; BT, Sky, others fund effort to curb distribution of child abuse material

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> Four of the UK's largest broadband providers in the UK--BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media--are providing additional funding to curb the creation and distribution of child abuse material. Post

> Verizon has asked employees and customers to assist the victims of the historic wildfire in the Black Forest area outside Colorado Springs. Release

> AT&T is providing a $5,000 grant to Altru Health Foundation to support the Reach Out and Read Program, an early literacy program developed by pediatricians and educators to encourage literacy development. Release

Cable News

> Kabel Deutschland, Germany's largest cable operator, has received an acquisition offer from John Malone's Liberty Global. Article

> Time Warner Cable has increased its controversial modem rental fee to $5 monthly, according to a report from Stop the Cap. Article


> IPTV has become a key ingredient for hotels internationally as part of an IP-based effort to entice and retain visitors in a competitive environment. Article

Online Video News

> Viacom's MTV has set up a new studio to make short online video clips for and its TV Everywhere apps. Article

And finally … The Internet of things is a great concept, but the reality is that smart devices don't actually know that much about talking to one another. Article