News of Note—Apple’s Volkswagen deal; Italy’s 5G auction; Qualcomm's AI unit and more

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A bug in Comcast's website was found to return sensitive information on the company's customers. (Pixabay)

Here are some other stories we're following today:

> Apple’s deal with Volkswagen and the failure of its talks with other automakers reflect the continuing travails and diminished scope of the company’s four-year-old car program. New York Times article

> Italy’s communications regulator AGCOM said on Wednesday that the government would auction frequencies for 5G in September. Reuters article

> C Spire said the Mississippi ITS board voted unanimously to uphold their decision to award C Spire with the state's voice and data services.

> AT&T’s Cricket Wireless expanded its hotspot data allotment from 8 GB to 10 GB per month. Prepaid Phone News article

> Pixelworks said it teamed with AirTV for a “new over-the-air (OTA) streaming solution, which wirelessly delivers free high-definition local broadcast TV channels to a variety of popular mobile and standalone media devices,” the companies said. Release

> Australia’s NBN, headed by former Clearwire chief Bill Morrow, canceled plans to offer 100 Mbps fixed wireless services because Morrow said the cost of adding additional capacity was exponential. News article

> The Palo Alto City Council voted to allow Verizon to install 11 new cell towers after a contentious battle on the issue. Mercury News article

> Germany’s Deutsche Telekcom said it will embark on a cost cutting effort. MWL article

> Qualcomm Technologies announced the formation of Qualcomm AI Research, an endeavor that encompasses all the artificial intelligence research taking place across the company. FierceTelecom article