> How much the economy is improving is, as always, dependent on where you stand at any given moment. If you're one of the 9 percent of BigBand Networks' (Nasdaq: BBND) workforce laid off to cut costs, you probably don't think things are getting better at all. Story.
> MySpace has made what chief executive Mike Jones said (in a statement) is a "tough but necessary" decision to lay off about 500 people or half of its worldwide staff. MySpace also said it is no longer trying to compete with Facebook. Story.
> U.S. Cable has tabbed Synacor to provide a customized homepage product for its online subscribers. The new homepage offers U.S. Cable subscribers access to e-mail, news, entertainment, travel information, weather and video, a news release says.
> According to Light Reading, the IEEE is working on what looks to be a better G.hn standard by adding WiFi to a home network management mix that includes powerline, Ethernet and MoCA. G.hn adds phoneline but does not have wireless. Story.
> Frankly, the biggest shock to a new report from Centris Research is that 20 percent of viewers watch recorded programming. Considering that 37 percent of households have DVRs, 77 percent of which are offered by services providers, the number should be higher. Story.
And finally ... Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) Interactive Media maven Katrin Gilford has jumped ship and is headed to a new position as senior VP-digital media for ABC. In the new position she'll be responsible for the net's online initiatives, including ABC.com, mobile and interactive. Story.