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Carriers, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and others put anti-theft measures in place for smartphones

CTIA said that a group of wireless carriers and smartphone makers had implemented a set of voluntary principles aimed at stopping smartphone theft. The announcement came just as a California law requiring smartphones sold in the state to have a "kill switch" went into effect.  

Facebook to start sharing ad revenue, but creators are concerned about percentages

Google's YouTube may still hold the top position for monthly views, but its newest competition for content creators should have it a bit worried. Facebook said it will now share revenue from ads with video creators like Funny or Die, NBA and others. However, the social media giant wasn't clear on who exactly can participate, and its revenue split has some wonky caveats, raising concerns among some publishers.

Kantar: Samsung's Galaxy S6 helps cut into Apple's share of U.S. smartphone market

Thanks in large part to the introduction of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S6 smartphone, Google's Android platform saw its market share in the U.S. inch up at the expense of Apple's iOS, according to a new report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

Google's Sidewalk Labs and municipal Wi-Fi: This time, it could be different

Google's Sidewalk Labs has merged Control Group and Titan to form a new group, Intersection, which will now handle the deployment of phone booth Wi-Fi hotspots in New York City. But the question is, will LinkNYC's efforts be successful?

Google uses Bechtel to deploy fiber in Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham

Google hired construction firm Bechtel to help deploy its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Atlanta. Google said it is building metro fiber rings in all three markets. These rings will give the company the flexibility to launch deployments in additional neighborhoods.

Enabling competition from Google Fiber means FCC must reconsider pole attachment pricing

Google Fiber's plans to bring its 1 Gbps service into Salt Lake City and Nashville by using existing utility poles in each city not only sheds light on its ongoing buildout strategy, but also shows how important access to utility poles at reasonable rates is key to expanding broadband services.

Google-backed Sidewalk Labs to take over NYC Wi-Fi rollout

Sidewalk Labs, the Google-backed urban innovation company that launched earlier this month to improve technology in cities, is taking control of the project that will bring free Wi-Fi to New York City via LinkNYC.

New NTIA report eases concerns over potential interference from small cells in 3.5 GHz spectrum

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a report that analyzes potential interference in the 3.5 GHz band, which is considered viable for small cell use. Google and other advocates will likely view the report as a positive for the spectrum, as exclusion zones with restricted usage are now believed to be much smaller.

Reports: Google acquired Agawi have Android devs discussing the pros and cons of streaming apps

There was no press release, no blog post, and certainly no mention of it at Google I/O, but app developers sounded less surprised than wary about reports Google had acquired streaming services startup Agawi, a move Google subsequently confirmed to TechCrunch.

Microsoft follows Google, NCTA in dissing Globalstar plan

Some big names came together at a Washington, D.C., event this week to voice their concerns about Globalstar's proposed terrestrial lower power service (TLPS). Among them: Google, Microsoft, the Wi-Fi Alliance, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA).