TWC shareholders approve Comcast merger; Amazon declares 'Transparent' a 'smash' without releasing any real audience data

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Time Warner Cable shareholders approved the company's purchase by Comcast by a 90 percent-plus margin. Press release

> Local government officials in Lexington, Ken., are refusing to sign off on the proposed Comcast/TWC merger, citing the poor customer service track record of both companies. Story

> Verizon has added another 17 multiscreen channels, including the SEC Network, to its FiOS Mobile App. Story

> Amazon says its new dark comedy Transparent has "smashed" a record for a Prime Instant Video series, with 80 percent of viewers "binging" on two or more episodes at once. The SVOD service operator did not share a single other iota of information about the ratings performance of the show. Press release

> Turner's Cartoon Network has launched a new mobile app featuring short-form content, Cartoon Network Anything. Story

> TWC has completed its broadband upgrade in Austin, Texas, and is now offering 300 Mbps downstream service to the broadband-rich region. Press release

> Comcast has named Judy James, a former solid-waste recycling executive, as its new director of government affairs for California's northern Bay Area region. Press release

> Netflix is actively recruiting Korean and Arabic language speakers, suggesting possible expansion into Asia and the Middle East. Story

> The FCC and FTC are fining AT&T $105 million to settle charges of "phone cramming." Story

> Cisco has begun an earlier announced restructuring that will result in the loss of 8 percent of its workforce, or roughly 6,000 jobs. Story

> Activist investor Carl Icahn told Apple CEO Tim Cook that his company's shares are worth double their current price. Story

> Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno has signed on to produce and star in a new CNBC prime time show themed around cars. Story

And finally … New York Magazine claims that Jon Stewart was considered as the new host of Meet the Press. Story

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