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Jolla snares $12M to license Sailfish OS, hints at upcoming Turing smartphone

The Finnish developer Jolla said it has raised $12 million since December to further the licensing business of its Sailfish OS.

A 'smartwatch-first' approach among developers could boost the hardware market

The smartwatch market is struggling to get legs in part because of a lack of compelling, watch-specific functions and use cases. Indeed, the smartwatch is often viewed by developers simply as an extension of the smartphone, delivering notifications and other basic functions on a shrunken screen.

Sprint inks deal with CommScope for 'extensive deployment' of LTE/Wi-Fi small cells

CommScope said Sprint has committed to "an extensive deployment" of its small cells in small to medium-sized business locations. And the deal appears to signal Sprint's eagerness to expand its presence in the managed Wi-Fi market.

Sprint scores 22K postpaid phone net adds but notches $554M net loss in mixed Q1

It turns out T-Mobile US wasn't the only major U.S. wireless carrier to see positive growth in net postpaid phone customers in the latest quarter after all. Sprint said it scored 22,000 postpaid phone net additions in the quarter, marking its third consecutive quarter of positive growth.

How wireless might eat cable's lunch - and how cable can stop it

There is clear battle brewing between the wireless industry and the cable industry. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and the rest of the nation's top wireless carriers are increasingly developing products and services that stand as a direct challenge to cable operators like Comcast and Charter Communications. Such actions are doubtlessly causing headaches in the cable industry.

Sprint's Assurance to merge with Access Wireless in tie-up of Lifeline providers

Sprint said it will merge its Assurance Wireless brand with Access Wireless in a tie-up of Lifeline service providers.

AT&T's stumbles in 4K could aid its DirecTV future

AT&T's ambitious move into live, linear 4K broadcasting via its DirecTV business has proven challenging, as the company was forced to cancel the first two of its planned 25 MLB game broadcasts due to technical challenges. The first broadcast was canceled due to problems with a third-party production truck, and the second was scratched when the satellite TV provider found the signal to be unacceptable in early testing.

Intel kills three SoFIA chip products as it pivots to IoT and the cloud

Intel has killed three of its SoFIA chip products for smartphones as the company continues to retreat from the mobile market in favor of newer tech segments.

Verizon, AT&T and others sign Wireless Network Resiliency agreement, will cooperate during emergencies

The nation's five largest mobile carriers are backing an initiative that would help them to share information and fix network outages during disasters and other emergencies.

Shentel grows wireless revenues to $3.8M as prepaid users buy more expensive services

Sprint wholesale partner Shenandoah Communications posted $13.9 million in net income in the first quarter, marking a year-over-year increase of 35 percent. But its cable and wireline business drove the lion's share of its revenues.

America Movil loses 458,000 U.S. customers, mainly on TracFone and SafeLink

Shares of America Movíl plunged nearly 12 percent last week after the carrier posted a disappointing quarter including a 17 percent year-over-year decline in EBITDA. The company lost 458,000 U.S. customers during the quarter, primarily under its TracFone and SafeLink brands, and its U.S. revenue of $1.8 billion was down 3.3 percent from the prior year.

T-Mobile, Comcast, tower firms could benefit from auction's spectrum scope, but challenges remain

The incentive auction of prized 600 MHz spectrum still faces some major challenges, but the FCC is clearly off to a good start.

Sprint improves liquidity by $3.1B through two deals

Sprint announced two new funding deals aimed at providing an additional $3.1 billion in liquidity as the company continues to try to make ends meet this year.

Thanks to the incentive auction, it's possible for a new wireless carrier to launch in the U.S.

The FCC today announced it will be able to offer a whopping 126 MHz, or 10 paired blocks, of licensed spectrum on a near-nationwide basis in the forward portion of its 600 MHz incentive auction. That's a huge victory for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and it potentially creates an opening for a new wireless carrier to launch in the United States.

Samsung hopes to breathe new life into Tizen with a major new upgrade

Samsung hopes to breathe new life into its languishing Tizen OS with a major new upgrade, PCWorld reported.

FCC moves forward with special access reforms, marking a win for T-Mobile and Sprint

A divided FCC voted to move forward with reforms of so-called "special access" lines, marking a big win for T-Mobile and Sprint and perhaps forestalling price hikes as 5G networks eventually come online.

FCC clears maximum amount of 126 MHz of spectrum for 600 MHz incentive auction

The FCC today announced an initial spectrum clearing target of 126 MHz for the 600 MHz incentive auction, a figure that represents the maximum amount of spectrum the commission had hoped to offer.

American Tower reports $1.29B in revenue, buoying U.S. cell tower market

American Tower Corporation posted a solid quarter, beating estimates and providing more evidence that the cell tower industry is alive and well.

Google hires former Motorola chief Osterloh in hardware shakeup

Google has hired former Motorola chief Rick Osterloh to lead the company's effort to unify its hardware line.

Cypress to pay $550M to acquire Broadcom's IoT business

Cypress Semiconductor said it will spend $550 million to acquire Broadcom's IoT business in the latest move centered on the burgeoning market of connected devices.