Vimeo finally adds Chromecast support to its iOS app

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Better late than never: Vimeo added Chromecast support to its iOS app Friday, allowing users to cast videos straight from an iPad or iPhone to Google’s streaming stick or any Android TV device.

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Chromecast support for Vimeo has been a frequently-requested feature ever since Chromecast launched in summer of 2013. Vimeo acknowledged the delayed response in a blog post Friday, cheekily calling the cast feature “the one you’ve been waiting for.”

A Vimeo spokesperson told me that the company doesn’t have a firm date for bringing casting to its Android app, but added: “It’s a priority for us and coming soon.”

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FCC votes to override state laws that block municipal broadband deployments

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Big news for anyone who’s ever had their town’s municipal broadband network blocked by state legislatures: The Federal Communications Commission has your back. The FCC on Thursday voted 3-2 in favor of a measure that would prohibit state legislatures from barring municipalities from building out their own broadband networks. Several state legislatures in recent years have adopted such policies at the behest of incumbent telecom companies that don’t want to deal with added competition from cities who want to build out their own networks.

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Second Screen Superbowl Streaming

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Most traditional pay-TV providers and broadcast networks recognize online access to programming as a vital component for any player competing for viewer eyeballs among over-the-top (OTT) entertainment options.

NBC Universal took advantage of the widespread appeal of the Super Bowl to offer non-authenticated access to its TV Everywhere (TVE) event.

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Artemis is building a 4G network in SF to prove its pCell tech works

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For the last year WebTV creator Steve Perlman has been trying to convince a skeptical wireless industry that his most recent startup Artemis Networks has developed an LTE technology that solves the mobile data capacity crunch, and now he aims to prove it. Artemis is building a network using its pCell LTE technology that will cover most of San Francisco using Dish Network’s spectrum.

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[company]Dish[/company] is leasing the PCS spectrum it acquired at auction last year to Artemis so it can install its transmitters on San Francisco rooftops by wireless ISP Webpass. Once it’s complete, which according to Perlman could be as soon as this fall, it will sell unlimited 4G data and voice-over-LTE plans to consumers via SIM cards that they can plug into any iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as well as select Android handsets.

Artemis’s ultimate goal, though, isn’t to become a full-fledged mobile…

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Evrythng partners with Gooee in LED internet of things push

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The internet-of-things identity management outfit Evrythng, which partnered up with Samsung not long ago, has struck another strategic partnership deal – this time with a new LED lighting player called Gooee.

Gooee, which emerged last year out of lighting technology firm Aurora, provides sensors to detect motion or CO2 or other phenomena, that can be integrated into new LED lighting products. It also sells assembled light engines (LEDs integrated with electronic control gear) and the mechanisms for controlling them.

Evrythng handles identity and authentication for smart devices, to make it easier for people and systems to interact with them and analyze their output – it’s keen on calling itself the “Facebook for things”. Together, the British firms intend to create the “operating system for smart connected lighting.”

As Gooee technology chief Simon Coombes explained to me, the idea is to “be the ‘Intel inside’ of the smart lighting market”…

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How the Google and Cablevision Wireless Moves Impact the Telecom Battle Lines

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Wi-Fi and hotspot networks may have a considerable impact on current mobile market share. Wireless, IP based calling will likely change the way users think about and access voice, video, and data in the coming years.  Both Google and the cable industry have high stakes in advertising revenue and with the increased demand for online Video On Demand (VOD) and other Over-The-Top (OTT) content, both parties would benefit greatly by attracting more consumers with access to more widely available, faster and more reliable broadband.
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Twitter is latest to boost FCC’s net neutrality plan

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Twitter came out on Monday in support of FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to impose net neutrality, which is slated for a critical vote on Thursday, praising it as a way to ensure free communications and an open internet.

“Safeguarding the historic open architecture of the internet and the ability for all users to ‘innovate without permission’ is critical to American economic aspirations and our nation’s global competitiveness. These rules also have important implications for freedom of expression,” said the company in a blog post.

[company]Twitter[/company]’s endorsement of the plan, which would prevent ISPs from speeding up some websites at the expense of others, is significant given the company’s role as a major media company, and its historical advocacy of free speech.

In its blog post, Twitter pointed out a familiar refrain of net neutrality advocates: that emerging companies depend on access to the internet platforms that will carry their products and ideas.

“This openness promotes free and fair…

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Will Samsung’s mobile wallet plans work? We’ll know in 7 months

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Samsung has entered the mobile payments fray with its acquisition of LoopPay, giving it the technology to turn its smartphones into wireless credit cards that can purchase goods and service with a wave of the wrist. LoopPay is clearly Samsung’s answer to Apple Pay, but there’s still one missing piece from its payments puzzle.

With LoopPay’s technology the consumer electronics giant now has all of the technical tools to take on Apple Pay, but Samsung still needs to form direct partnerships with the card-issuing banks. If it doesn’t, then the upcoming transition to new chipped smart cards will be awfully rough on its contactless payments technology.

Today LoopPay’s technology relies on what is essentially a spoofing of the credit card. It records the credit card number off of your plastic’s magnetic stripe, and when its fob or smartphone sleeve is waved over a payment terminal, it transmits that number through…

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