Charter deploys Digitalsmith platform; SEC nabs insider trading execs at Qualcomm

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> TiVo's Digitalsmiths unit announced that Charter Communications has begun deploying its Seamless Discovery platform to more than 5 million Charter TV and Internet customers. The deal will allow Charter customers to increase engagement and discover the relevant content they want faster and on channels they may not have normally surfed. Release

> Two former Qualcomm Inc. sales directors were charged with insider trading, allegedly making $230,000 in profit from trades in Atheros Communications Inc. when Qualcomm bought the company in 2011. Prosecutors said the men invested more than $500,000 in Atheros stock and options after they learned Qualcomm would be buying the company and before the $3.2-billion acquisition was announced. Authorities alleged that the men bought Atheros securities based on information that had not been made public and cashed in on the surging Atheros stock price. Article

> A national survey of entrepreneurs and small business IT decision makers conducted by Bredin Research and sponsored by Comcast Business found that offering free Wi-Fi works better at keeping customers happy than common "waiting area" conveniences like candy, water or magazines. These "Main Street" businesses that offer Wi-Fi--coffee shops, bars, restaurants, retailers, doctor's offices and others--are leveraging the service to attract new clientele, improve customer loyalty and raise their profile within the community. Article

> Ultra HD (UHD or 4K) TV household ownership will grow from less than 10 percent of homes in the US for the next four years to 33 percent of homes by 2020, according to Strategy Analytics in its newest study, "Ultra High-Definition TV Displays: Global Market Forecast 2012-2020." The report predicts UHD TV shipments will account for 41 percent of global flat panel TV units in 2020, up from just 4 percent in 2014. Article

And finally... Cox Communications plans to activate more than 500 wireless hot spots in Omaha by May 20, according to the Omaha Word Herald. Cox said the Wi-Fi service will operate at speeds up to 15 Mbps download and 4 Mbps upload, depending on the number of devices connected at a time. Article

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