CenturyLink acquires DataGardens; FilmOn appeals contempt charges

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Cox Media has partnered with advertising conglomerate Magna Global to create a programmatic TV marketplace based on the AudienceXpress platform. Story

> The hacking group that attacked Sony Pictures' IT network last week is now sending emails to the studios' employees, threatening them and their family members. Story

> FilmOn has filed papers to a federal appeals court, accusing a judge of abusing discretion by holding the company and its CEO in contempt for streaming TV shows to IP devices. Story

> Seeking to stop the poaching of its top creative talent, YouTube is offering its stars bonuses for signing multi-year contracts. Story

> CenturyLink is acquiring DataGardens, a Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) provider based in Edmonton, Alberta, a move that immediately enhances the disaster recovery capabilities of its cloud service portfolio. Story

And finally … Alaska Communications (ACS) will sell its remaining wireless assets for $300 million to GCI Communications in a move that it says will help it deleverage its balance sheet while sharpening its focus on residential and business broadband services. Story

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