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Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico damaged by broken cable

Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico damaged by broken cable

Science
Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The Arecibo Observatory, the world's most powerful radio space telescope, incurred significant damage when a cable that stabilizes its radio antenna snapped. Observatory engineers worked Tuesday to secure the partially wrecked facility, which was damaged the day before, said managers of the Puerto Rican landmark, who are based at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Advertisement No injuries were reported, in large part because the damage occurred about 2:45 a.m. when no one was present. "We've informed the science community that we're not doing any astronomy observation for at least two weeks," said Ray Lugo, director of the university's space institute. "Our first priority is to put the dome, antennae and suspended platform in the most secure place in case we ...
Facebook riles tiny Oregon town with plan for undersea cable

Facebook riles tiny Oregon town with plan for undersea cable

Technology
TIERRA DEL MAR, Ore. -- A battle playing out in a tiny Oregon town with no stoplights or cellphone service is pitting residents against one of the world's biggest tech companies. Locals in coastal Tierra del Mar are trying to stop Facebook from using property in their quiet community to build a landing spot for an ultra high-speed, undersea cable connecting America with Asia. Representatives of the social media giant say Tierra del Mar is one of the few places on the U.S. West Coast suitable for the cable, which will feature the latest fiber optic technologies. It will link multiple U.S. locations, including Facebook's huge data center in the central Oregon town of Prineville, with Japan and the Philippines, and will help meet an increasing demand for internet services worldwide, the comp...
Disney, Charter talks could affect price of cable in the streaming era

Disney, Charter talks could affect price of cable in the streaming era

Finance
The Walt Disney Company CEO, Robert Iger arrives for the World premiere of Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Endgame' at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles.VALERIE MACON | AFP | Getty ImagesDisney is set to renew its multiyear carriage agreement with Charter, the second-largest U.S. pay TV provider, at the beginning of August, according to people familiar with the matter.So far, there are no signs the two sides will have a testy public renegotiation. That is par for the course for Disney, which usually hammers out a deal without fanfare. After all, pay-TV providers have never had the stomach to black out ESPN, Disney's most valuable cable channel and by far the most expensive network in the pay-TV bundle.But this particular Disney deal has widespread implications f...
Vodafone snaps up cable operators in €18bn deal

Vodafone snaps up cable operators in €18bn deal

Business
Vodafone has agreed to buy Liberty Global's operations in four European countries in a deal worth €18.4bn (£16.1bn).The deal sees the UK-based telecoms giant take control of cable operators in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.Shares rose 1% in early trading.Vodafone said the "transformative" purchase, which adds to existing operations in Germany and Spain, would make it the leading "next generation network" in Europe with 54 million cable and fibre homes on its network.Including partnerships and wholesale arrangements, the deal will give Vodafone a reach of 110 million homes and businesses, it said.The widely-anticipated deal shifts the balance of mobile operator Vodafone's revenues and earnings further towards fixed line and TV services and also means that Europ...
Record-breaking cable car opens in Germany

Record-breaking cable car opens in Germany

World
Dec. 21 (UPI) -- After more than two years of work on Germany's highest construction site, a world record-breaking cableway in the Bavarian Alps is set to open Friday.The cable car on the country's tallest mountain, Zugspitze, is located near the Armed Forces Recreation Center Edelweiss Lodge and Resort. The gondola breaks three records for any hanging cable car system -- the tallest steel tower, the longest cableway span and the highest elevation difference.The $ 59 million cableway was difficult to build with the main challenges being high altitude and removing ice and snow from equipment.Out of the thousands of service members and families who go skiing on the German Alps each year, roughly one-third head to the Zugspitze, which claims to have the best views in Germany.Aside from the vi...