Charter shareholders approve TWC, Bright House buys; Viacom to cut some prime-time commercials

More cable news from across the Web:

> Charter Communications said its stockholders approved the company's proposed purchases of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Release

> A former Google executive, Anupam Rastogi, is now CTO of big-data company Guavus. Multichannel News article

> Dish Network said it launched "My Tech," where customers can get personalized information about their service appointment "including the picture, name and even the location of a Dish technician on the way to their home." Release

> Yahoo is reportedly considering building a streaming stick like those from Google and Amazon. Light Reading article

> According to a new report, Viacom will run fewer minutes of commercials in prime time. Variety article

> Geoff Burr, previously with the Associated Builders and Contractors, is now Cablevision's new VP of government affairs in cable. Politico article

> According to TiVo's Digitalsmiths unit, 57.7 percent of consumers in the United States and Canada subscribed to an SVOD service in the second quarter, up 3.3 percent from the previous period. Streaming Media article

> Cablevision is now marketing debt financing of $2.3 billion related to Altice's proposed acquisition of the MSO. Bloomberg article

> The National Association of Broadcasters is arguing that the cable industry is not competitive. Broadcasting & Cable article

> Sinclair Broadcast Group reportedly was interested in purchasing the Tennis Chanel. WSJ article

Mobile Developer News

> Some mobile application developers are straying away from the in-app purchase business model in favor of premium apps. Feature

> What should mobile game developers learn from EA's sudden decision to kill off several titles at once? Editor's Corner

Telecom News

> Despite ongoing efforts by Tier 3 ILECs to bring broadband to more of their serving territories, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler says that a large amount of rural areas still can't get access to any broadband service. Article

> U.S. cable operators may not have the established brand recognition of large telcos in the business space, but that's starting to change as providers like Comcast have made gains in providing voice and data to businesses with over 100 employees during the past two years. According to TNS, business spending on voice and data services from cable operators rose 38 percent, climbing from 12.2 percent to 16.9 percent. Article

Wireless News

> Dish Network and Verizon Communications could strike a deal by year-end for Verizon to get access to Dish's spectrum through a leasing arrangement, according to analysts at New Street Research. Article

And finally… Around 23 million people watched the GOP debate on CNN, almost double the 11.9 million people who watched the Emmy Awards on Fox. Article