Comcast enjoys boffo launch of Jurassic World; Level 3 outage slows down the global Internet

More cable news from across the Web:

> Portland, Ore. is rumored to be the next city to get a Google Fiber installation. Story

> An outage in Level 3's global fiber network has triggered slowdown's in Internet performance around the world. Story

> After overhauling the Universal Pictures division, Comcast suddenly has the hottest film studio in Hollywood, evidenced by the $204.6 million U.S. opening over the weekend of Jurassic WorldStory

> Universal Pictures has spent $30 million on TV advertising since November to support Jurassic World, according to TV advertising tracker iSpot.tv. Story

> Chinese online media giant Alibaba plans to launch a Netflix-style SVOD service in the next few months. Story

> The NFL has named veteran digital media executive Jordan Levin chief content officer. Story

Telecom News

> Level 3 suffered a fault on its fiber network on Friday that slowed down Internet services in a number of U.S. markets and four European countries--including the UK, France, Germany and Italy. Article

European Wireless News

> Ooredoo announced its data revenues grew 40 per cent year-on-year and that income from the source now represents at least 30 per cent of its total revenues; a new company record. Article

> Alcatel-Lucent teamed with chip maker Sequans Communications to develop key technologies for an Internet of Things (IoT) prototype platform launched last week by Orange. Article

Wireless News

> HTC has rebutted the idea that it would consider a merger with larger rival Asustek Computer after Asustek left open the possibility of some kind of a deal. Article

> Sprint Chairman and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son is taking a more active role in planning Sprint's network densification project according to a report from Wall Street firm Macquarie Capital. Further, analysts there think Sprint is going to embark on a plan that will be primarily focused on deploying small cells. Article

And finally… According to an analysis of BitTorrent swarms, Sunday's season finale of Game of Thrones was illegally downloaded 8 million times in eight hours, breaking digital piracy usage records. Story

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