Tunerfish latches onto True Blood; Qwest drops broadband prices in Phoenix

> Comcast is, if you'll forgive the pun, sucking it up with its Tunerfish social networking application and HBO's True Blood show. For those who don't understand, True Blood is about vampires and Tunerfish is about sucking as many viewers into a social network as possible. Get it? Story.

> Qwest refuses to roll over for Cox Communications in the Phoenix market. The MSO last month launched ultra-high-speed broadband at 50 Mbps. Now Qwest has answered with a low price of $19.99 for speeds up to 40 Mbps. Story.

> If you're headed to the Netherlands with your 3D TV (or laptop) don't expect to catch World Cup action. Dutch cable operators Ziggo and UPC said they won't carry the games in three dimensions because of the high costs involved. Isn't that a kick in the head? Story.

> European telecom operator Tele2 says that its cleverly named Russia operation, Tele2 Russia has added 339,000 new customers. Tele2 provides mobile, fixed broadband, telephony, data, cable TV and content. Story.

And finally... Mexico has granted two strands of government-owned fiber optic cable to a consortium of cable operator Megacable, broadcaster Televisa and Spain's Telefonica. The Mexican government wants to create competition for telecom multi-billionaire Carlos Slim's companies. Story.