Comcast increases access speeds in the Northeast, deploys more Wi-Fi; Comedy Central hits Roku

More cable news from across the Web:

> Tech companies are working to oppose a Chicago tax on "cloud" services like Netflix. CBS News article

Bounce TV siad it will cease airing the television series Cosby effective immediately. Release

> Comcast was among the players that invested $24 million into Automatic Labs, which offers a platform for connected cars. Multichannel News article

> The American Cable Association said it hired Mary Lovejoy as its new VP of regulatory affairs. Release

> Roku is now offering a Comedy Central channel. Engadget article

> Comcast said it deployed another 1,800 public Wi-Fi hotspots. Release

> Comcast said it will increase Internet speeds for its customers in the Northeast from 25 Mbps to 75 Mbps. Release

> Suddenlink Communications said it will now offer World Fishing Network, which is owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. Multichannel News article

> Microsoft rebranded its Xbox Music service as Groove. VentureBeat article

Mobile Developer News

> Up to 90 percent of those installing apps may drift away after three months unless those developing them have an engagement marketing strategy such as push notifications, according to Kakuna. Article

> iOS developers are asking why they weren't part of the Apple Music launch. Article

Telecom News

> Granite Telecommunications and MetTel, two competitive service providers that focus on serving multi-site business customers, have asked the FCC to ensure that ILECs like AT&T, CenturyLink, and Verizon provide an equivalent TDM-based voice service post IP transition. Article

Wireless News

> Republic Wireless, a Wi-Fi first carrier that jumps onto Sprint's cellular network when Wi-Fi coverage isn't available, made good on its promise to launch new rate plans that refund customers for unused cellular data. Article

And finally… Scientists appear to be edging closer to being able to develop an invisibility cloak. Article