News of Note—Qualcomm’s licensing, Blu’s FTC settlement, AT&T's merger and more

news of note

Here are the other stories we’re following today:

> Qualcomm’s Alex Rogers acknowledged that the company is expanding the use of a low-cost patent licensing model in a move that could improve the company’s chances of inking an agreement with Huawei or Apple. Reuters article

> The founder of WhatsApp is leaving over clashes with Facebook over strategy. Washington Post article

> Blu Products, which makes smartphones, reached a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over allegations that it allowed its phones to collect owner data. PhoneScoop article

> Regulators are continuing to discuss the use of cell phone jammers in prisons. WCIV article

> AT&T's case against the Department of Justice over its proposed purchase of Time Warner has wrapped. A verdict is expected by June. CNN article

> NBCUniversal and Google have announced a partnership to produce virtual reality content based on shows from NBC’s broadcast network and various cable channels. FierceVideo article