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With deployments from San Jose to NYC, the smart city opportunity is becoming real

The wireless industry is clearly investing in the smart city concept. Both Verizon and AT&T have teams dedicated to breaking open dialogue -- and sales -- between wireless players and city officials, with the goal of installing new technologies in metro areas that proponents say will make city life safer and more efficient. And analysts generally agree on the major opportunity presented by smart cities.

Ballmer: Microsoft must 'chart a direction in mobile devices'

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer takes current CEO Satya Nadella to task over the company's lack of direction in mobile in an interview with Business Insider.

Walmart Family Mobile adds plan with 10 GB of LTE data, offers 'Data Saver' that mimics Binge On

Walmart Family Mobile, which offers service on T-Mobile US' network, introduced a plan that includes unlimited talk, text and data for $49.88 a month. The first 10 GB of monthly data are delivered on the LTE network; after that customers' speeds are slowed.

Google reinstates ad blocker for Samsung's browser

Google restored an ad blocker for Samsung's mobile browser to Google Play nearly as quickly as it had dropped the plugin in the first place.

Opera postpones earnings call, fueling speculation of an acquisition

Opera Software postponed the results of its quarterly earnings, TechCrunch reported, leading to speculation that the developer is the target of an acquisition.

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The number of U.S. households that stream over-the-top video using a subscription video on demand service has risen to 57 percent, according to a new report from Leichtman Research Group. Furthermore, 48 percent of U.S. adults stream either Amazon, Hulu or Netflix on a monthly basis.