Comcast thanks customers for helping build its Wi-Fi network with higher fees



It looks like Comcast customers are in for another price hike, this time not on programming charges but on the fees they pay to rent our broadband modems. Several Comcast customers told Ars Technica that their home internet gateway fees have risen from $8 to $10. Those prices reflect the new rates Comcast began setting for its latest modems, which support its new Xfinity Wi-Fi Hotspot service.

The timing of the fee increase couldn’t be more apt, given Comcast is angling to buy up Time Warner Cable next year. It’s bad form to promise regulators that your merger will bring greater competition and more consumer options and then raise a significant billing fee by 25 percent. But [company]Comcast[/company] also risks inflaming those regulators. While the Comcast-[company]Time Warner[/company] deal was once seen as sure thing, my colleague Jeff John Roberts reports that the deal now may be on much thinner ice

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How To Find The Right YouTube Influencers For Your Brand



Editor’s note: Polina Haryacha is a Senior Brand Manager at, where she focuses on strategic brand development for video games.

Earned media is stealing the show. According to Nielsen, 84 percent of consumers say they trust peer recommendations above all other sources of advertising. According to McKinsey and Deloitte, marketing-inspired word-of-mouth generates more than twice the sales of paid advertising, while people referred by loyal customers have a 37 percent higher retention rate.

So what does earned media have to do with YouTube? It’s all about the Influencers. YouTube Influencers are more popular among U.S. teens than mainstream celebrities. And with 100 hours of video uploaded per minute and 6 billion hours of viewership per month, that means YouTube is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to marketing your message.

The secret is certainly out. Companies around the world are recognizing the advantages of…

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Gilmore Girls Actor Edward Herrmann Dies at 71



Edward Herrmann, the actor best known for playing Lorelai Gilmore’s father Richard on the TV show Gilmore Girls, died Wednesday.

He was 71 and his death in a New York hospital was confirmed by his manager Robbie Kass. He had been fighting brain cancer.

“Edward Herrmann, besides being an accomplished actor, was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man,” Kass said. “He will be sorely missed.”

Herrmann’s death will be mourned not only by original Gilmore Girls lovers but also a new generation of fans who have discovered the show since it came to Netflix in October. Herrmann won an Emmy for his role in The Practice and recently appeared in several episodes of The Good Wife.

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