News of Note—Cox, Sling TV, Facebook, Verizon and more

News of note

> Looking to expand its subscriber roles, Sling TV has launched a refer-a-friend program that gives both parties a total of $15 back—$5 off their respective Sling TV subscriptions for three months. Multichannel News story

> Cox Communications is the latest cable operator to trickle down modest employee bonuses following the Republican-led corporate tax bonanza. Arizona Business Journal story

> For kids programming giants like Walt Disney, Viacom’s Nickelodeon and Turner’s Cartoon Network, massive audiences can still be reached through TV and multi-platform viewing. FierceVideo story

> Facebook and Major League Baseball are expanding on the live broadcast deal they kicked off last year, promising a 25-game package of weekday MLB contests. FierceVideo story

> The soap opera that is Broadcom’s unsolicited attempt to purchase Qualcomm took yet another surprise turn this morning as Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs—son of founder Irwin Jacobs—said he will relinquish his title as board chairman to an independent director. FierceWireless story

> Verizon and the Communications Workers of America have reached a settlement requiring the telco to repair and make improvements to its copper network infrastructure throughout New York state. FierceTelecom story

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