Comcast spent $336 million on failed attempt to buy Time Warner Cable

Comcast spent $336 million over the past year-plus on its failed attempt to acquire Time Warner Cable.

Comcast's earnings report for Q1 2015, released today, notes $99 million in "transaction-related costs" for its attempt to acquire Time Warner Cable and execute a related transaction with Charter. That's in addition to another $99 million in Q4 2014, $77 million in Q3 2014, $44 million in Q2 2014, and $17 million in Q1 2014.

Comcast announced the proposed $45.2 billion deal in February 2014 and finally called it off on April 24 of this year after facing government opposition. The $336 million covers all reported merger-related costs through March 31.

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Chuck Robbins’ appointment as Cisco CEO is a surprise to many inside and outside the company (Julie Bort/Business Insider)

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Chuck Robbins' appointment as Cisco CEO is a surprise to many inside and outside the company  —  Cisco's new CEO choice is a shocker  —  Cisco has announced that its next CEO will be Chuck Robbins, a 17-year Cisco veteran who was leading the company's global sales and partner team.

Cloudwear Introduces A New Way To Secure Online Accounts

cloudware1 A company that has developed a new way to secure access to online accounts, Cloudwear, is launching today onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. Backed by a team whose experience includes building cloud-based applications for Harvard, MIT and the U.S. Department of Defense, Cloudwear’s system enables companies to better determine a user’s location, then lock or grant access based on… Read More

Cloudwear Introduces A New Way To Secure Online Accounts

cloudware1 A company that has developed a new way to secure access to online accounts, Cloudwear, is launching today onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. Backed by a team whose experience includes building cloud-based applications for Harvard, MIT and the U.S. Department of Defense, Cloudwear’s system enables companies to better determine a user’s location, then lock or grant access based on… Read More

Number of people with access to US classified data down 12% in one year

The US government is tightening the reins on the number of employees and contractors with access to classified information. A report to Congress from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the number of cleared people dropped by 635,000 in 2014 from the year prior.

Despite the purge, that left a whopping 4.5 million people with security clearances. There was a nearly 15 percent reduction in new and renewed clearances, the report said. And government workers and contractors having "top secret" clearance declined by more than 100,000 people, to about 1.4 million.

"These decreases were the result of efforts across the USG to review and validate whether an employee or contractor still requires access to classified information and several additional Department of Defense (DoD) initiatives to review its cleared population," the April report said.

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Liquidity Launches To Bring Clean Water To Everyone

liquidity9 Liquidity Nanotech is trying to change the world. But for once, the cliché could actually be applicable. The company is launching today onstage at Disrupt NY 2015 with the Naked Filter, a consumer water bottle with its proprietary water-filtration membrane built-in. Liquidity doesn’t look like an average startup. Built on over 15 years of patented university research, the team is a… Read More

Liquidity Launches To Bring Clean Water To Everyone

liquidity9 Liquidity Nanotech is trying to change the world. But for once, the cliché could actually be applicable. The company is launching today onstage at Disrupt NY 2015 with the Naked Filter, a consumer water bottle with its proprietary water-filtration membrane built-in. Liquidity doesn’t look like an average startup. Built on over 15 years of patented university research, the team is a… Read More

Star Wars-inspired travel destinations for getting far, far away

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You don't have to visit a galaxy far away to vacation like the space-savvy adventurers in Star Wars.

Even though Endor, Tattooine and Hoth are fictional places, there are real-life alternatives that provide all the benefits of a getaway — without the intergalactic danger.

May the Fourth, a.k.a. Star Wars day, is the perfect excuse to start planning for your trip. Vacation rental service HomeAway has a few ideas for lodging that are perfectly suited to the traveling Star Wars fan.

If you're looking for a deal, some travel companies are even offering film-inspired discounts — like Southwest's May the Fourth fare sale. Read more...

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