Discovery profit drops 12.4% despite strong U.S. networks showing; AirTies licenses RDK

More cable news from across the Web:

> AirTies Wireless Networks, an international provider of in-home wireless systems, has licensed the Reference Design Kit (RDK). Press release

> Comcast has named Madeline Bell, CEO of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, to its board of directors. Philadelphia Inquirer story

> Associated Press is partnering with chipmaker AMD to launch a digital 360-degree virtual reality channel. Multichannel News story

> Comcast-owned online movie ticket seller Fandango has acquired film sites Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes. Multichannel News story

> Discovery Networks reported a 12.4 percent drop in fourth-quarter net income, despite positive results from U.S. operations. Variety story

Telecom News

> Level 3 Communications has named company veteran Laurinda Pang as its new regional president for North America and Asia Pacific, replacing John Blount, the former COO and president of tw telecom who retired at the end of 2015. Article

> Texas-based phone cooperative and Internet service provider GVTC has quietly reduced the prices of its broadband speeds in select areas of its service footprint, offering residents in the cities of San Antonio and Gonzales, Texas, 1 Gbps download speeds for $160 per month. Article

Wireless Tech News

> SpiderCloud Wireless says it is working with Qualcomm Technologies to use its chipset technology for its forthcoming LTE-U products, marking the first time it will use Qualcomm chipsets instead of Broadcom's. Article

> Samsung says that multi-path transfer control protocol (MP-TCP) technology is one of the key priorities for the company, as it allows aggregation among independent networks using different technologies, such as Wi-Fi, Internet of Things, 3G, 4G, 5G and more, and it's already been commercialized in South Korea. Article

Wireless News

> Nextbit today began selling Robin, a $399 unlocked Android smartphone designed to leverage the cloud to never run out of memory. The phone alerts the user when its 32 GB of local storage nears capacity, identifies which photos and apps are accessed the least, then automatically uploads that content to the cloud when a Wi-Fi connection is available. Article

> Verizon Ventures was the lead investor in a $57 million Series C round for Jana, a Boston-based startup that brings Internet access to mobile users in emerging markets. Tim Armstrong, CEO of Verizon's AOL, will take a seat on Jana's board. Article

And finally… American Airlines has filed suit in Texas, looking to get out of a contract with in-air Wi-Fi provider GoGo. Tech Dirt story

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