Sen. Franken checks Samsung on eavesdropping TVs; TWC extends home automation gear sales to Best Buy

More cable news from around the Web:

> Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has written Samsung, inquiring about reports that the company's smart TVs are recording and sharing the conversations over their owners. Story

> Scripps TV posted a 21 percent increase in net income to $131.8 million in Q4, and a 2.3 percent increase in quarterly revenue to $669 million, despite a soft ad market and declining ratings. Story

> Dish Network OTT service Sling TV has launched on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV stick. Press release

> Ruckus Wireless says a "comeback" in the voice-over-Wi-Fi market partly resulted in a 17.9 percent uptick in fourth-quarter revenue. Story

>  ABC affiliate WFAA in Ardmore, Okla., has gone dark on CableOne. Story

> Smartphone theft in New York, San Francisco and London has dropped significantly since manufacturers began integrating "kill switches" 12 months ago. Story

> Mediacom Business has renewed its contract with the Iowa Speedway to provide broadband services. Story

> File-sharing software maker BitTorrent Inc. is partnering with Los Angeles's Red Eye Studios to produce a slate of original content. Story

And finally … Time Warner Cable has extended home automation support for certain "smart" devices sold at BestBuy.com. Press release

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