Verizon and Hearst jointly purchase Complex Media; Bright House enables free calls to earthquake-ravaged countries

More cable news from across the web:

> The Oprah Winfrey Network has launched its own TV Everywhere app. Multichannel News story

> Comcast-owned video monetization arm FreeWheel will begin monitoring VOD usage and advertising impressions using Conviva software. Press release

> Comcast has opened its network of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots in Houston to aid in flood recovery. Press release

> Bright House Networks is offering customers free calling to Ecuador, Japan and Myanmar as those regions recover from recent earthquakes. Press release

> Dish Network, along with Chinese-language programmers TVB and CCTV are suing the maker of h.TV, claiming the device is used for illegal streaming. Rapid TV News story

Telecom News

> Aureon has acquired Des Moines-based BNS Network Solutions (BNS), giving it an enhanced set of features and services to target community bank opportunities in Iowa and Illinois. Article

> Consolidated Communications is acquiring Champaign-Urbana, Ill., area Champaign Telephone Company (CTC) and its sister company, Big Broadband Services, a private business communications provider, for $13 million, deepening its fiber and on-net fiber building reach. Article

Wireless News

> Verizon and Hearst are expanding further into digital content and advertising with the joint acquisition of Complex Media, an online publisher that targets young males. Article

> Americans' ever-increasing appetite for mobile data appears to be eating into home broadband usage, according to fresh data from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Article

And finally… HBO and Discovery have both taken equity stakes in Otoy, a company that specializes in making 3D holographic images. Variety story

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