Worldwide pay TV subscribers increase 2%; ALU to sign agreements with 3 China operators

> The global pay TV market saw an increase in net subscribers of 2 percent during the third quarter, according to a recent ABI Research report, climbing to 692 million. News release.

> Omnitron System's iConverter multiservice platform is enabling mobile backhaul to cell towers along SR 241 and 261 toll roads in Orange County, Calif. Wireless providers AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and Metro PCS share these facilities. News release.

> Parts of Montville, Conn. now have access to AT&T U-verse services as the provider expands into the area. News release.

> Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) will sign three framework agreements with three of China's major communications operators: China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. The agreements are valued together at EUR 1.17 billion ($1.65 billion). Story.

> Telecom Italia's (NYSE: TI) third-quarter revenues dipped slightly to EUR 6.37 billion from EUR 6.47 billion a year ago, Telecompaper reports. Growth at TIM Brasil helped offset domestic declines. Story.

> Communications services provider NTELOS Holdings (Nasdaq: NTLS) reported revenues of $134.3 million in the third quarter, with notable gains in its wireless post-pay subscriber revenues. News release.

And finally... It's not surprising that many Internet users have a fundamental misperception of how copyright laws work on the Web (hint: they still apply), but a (formerly) obscure online food magazine is taking that misunderstanding way out into Stupid Land after lifting an author's story from another site and getting called on it, reports the Washington Post. Story.