The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has voted to change the current key for the Domain Name System, creating a new cryptographic public and private key pair. The rollover will facilitate internet of things device deployment and improved cybersecurity, ICANN says.
Charter Senior Vice President Craig Cowden during a Mobile World Congress Americas session touted the benefits of the 3.7-4.2 gigahertz band. This spectrum has enough bandwidth to be used for 5G and will also serve as a potential way to add capacity to rural broadband, Cowden said.
The Music Modernization Act has been approved by unanimous vote in the US Senate. If, as expected, the bill clears the House of Representatives and is signed by President Donald Trump, it will require the Justice Department to inform Congress 90 days before it begins terminating antitrust consent decrees imposed upon BMI and Ascap. Additionally, royalty fees will have to be paid for pre-1972 recordings played online. MMA is strongly backed by the songwriting community, including artists Paul McCartney and Maren Morris. NAB President Gordon Smith hailed passage of the bill, citing the importance of the consent decree amendment. "These decrees are essential to a functioning music marketplace, and any action to terminate them will now be preceded by appropriate Congressional oversight to protect the interests of songwriters, licensees, and consumers of music," Smith said.
CBS Producer Susan Zirinsky could be the top internal candidate to take over as chief of "60 Minutes," some staffers say. Zirinsky oversees "48 Hours," and her work on documentaries and specials could make her a good replacement for the role left vacant with the departure of Jeff Fager.
Facebook Watch will be launching interactive series "Friday Night Poker" on Friday. The show will feature Q&A sessions and will allow viewers to interact with the hosts and players and potentially win spots on the show.
YouTube has announced that it is phasing out its YouTube Gaming app in March 2019 but is offering an alternative solution to gamers. A new gaming destination was announced this week; it will personalize gaming content, aggregate video and streams for individual games, and integrate subscribed content.
Disney is reportedly planning to launch several programs for its streaming service that center on superheroes not yet starring in stand-alone movies. Loki and the Scarlet Witch are among the Marvel Cinematic Universe superheroes who may be featured.
BBC is exploring ways to raise money to make it more competitive with Netflix and Amazon, Director General Tony Hall said. BBC and the other British public service broadcasters combined spend far less than Netflix does on content, he noted.
Verizon will create a less expensive and more efficient global network for enterprise software provider SAP. This will allow SAP to shift its focus from managing the network to working on customer-facing activities.
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