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Egypt Protests Throttle Up Web Video Traffic

Happy Friday, cable gang. Today's roundup goes abroad, from a look at the online video traffic spurred by unrest in Egypt to China's version of YouTube Inc. raising boatloads of cash.

  • The protests in Egypt are driving big traffic increases at online video sites and spurring downloads of mobile video apps. (See Roku Launches Al Jazeera .)

  • We wonder how many DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) and Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) subs looking for news from Egypt are choosing to watch Link TV's distribution of Al Jazeera English versus reports from CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

  • Offering a target for broadband ISPs looking to grow subscribers, 32 percent of U.S. Web surfers say they mooch Wi-Fi connections from their neighbors. (See Comcast Whips Up More WiFi .)

  • TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO)'s new site that lets marketers measure how many viewers watch commercials from competing brands is worth checking out. (See TiVo to Measure OTT Video .)

  • Look for Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), DirecTV, Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and other pay-TV providers wooing iPad owners to build apps for Google's new operating system for Android tablets. (See Everyone's Mad About the iPad .)

  • PPLive, China's version of YouTube, raised a whopping $250 million.

  • On March 4, Mediacom Communications Corp. investors will get to vote on CEO Rocco Commisso's bid to take the MSO private. (See CEO Offers $600M for Mediacom.)

  • Following Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX)'s and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)'s big cloud-computing buys, who's next to follow this M&A trend and shore up their business service capabilities? THINKstrategies Managing Director Jeffrey Kaplan considers Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) to be a likely candidate, so long as its NBCUniversal LLC deal doesn't prove "to be too much of a distraction." (See TW Cable Buys Into the Cloud, Verizon Taps Terremark for $1.4B and Will Verizon Kick Off a Cloud Feeding Frenzy?)

  • Dish Network cut a carriage deal with Comcast SportsNet California, terminating an arbitration proceeding at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) .

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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