CenturyLink outs Prism TV in Seattle; Cisco offers Thor as alternative to HEVC

More cable news from across the Web:

> The National Association of Broadcasters argued that the FCC should not allow cable providers to obtain duplicate TV broadcasts in the case of failed retransmission negotiations, unless Congress votes to remove cable's compulsory copyright licenses. Broadcasting & Cable article

> Apple will announce updated Apple TV hardware, which will run the company's iOS operating system, during a media event Sept. 9. 9to5Mac article

> Comcast will shut down its Xfinity Xbox 360 app Sept. 1. Windows Central article

> CenturyLink introduced its new Prism TV IPTV service in Seattle on its fiber optic network. Article

> Muvi released its new Live Video Streaming Engine. Release

> Cisco released a new video codec dubbed Thor that appears to rival HEVC. StreamingMediaBlog article

> The FCC voted to deny AWS-3 spectrum auction bidding discounts to two companies tied to Dish Network. Release

Mobile Developer News

> Will Windows Bridge be enough to get iOS developers to cross over into Microsoft territory? Feature

> According to a recent report from market research firm Strategy Analytics, more time is spent playing mobile games outside of the home in the average week. Editor's Corner

Telecom News

> AT&T has been working with the US National Security Agency to provide Internet usage traffic records since 2011, according to a New York Times report. Article

> Integra is beefing up its West Coast fiber network presence by acquiring opticAccess, a three-year old competitive provider that's focused on providing services for large enterprises and domestic and international wholesale carrier customers. Article

Wireless News

> Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said the carrier is going to move entirely to a device leasing model by the end of the year and do away with two-year contracts. Article

> Verizon Wireless stayed slightly ahead of AT&T Mobility in terms of overall network performance, while Sprint maintained its lead over T-Mobile US in overall performance thanks to improvements in mobile data performance and speeds as well as call and texting reliability, according to network testing firm RootMetrics. Article

And finally… Facebook is now offering a blogging tool. Article