News of Note—T-Mobile’s ad campaign, Xiaomi in the U.S., Verizon’s Moment buy, and more

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Here are the stories we’re tracking today:

> China’s Xiaomi said it plans to enter the U.S. smartphone market this year or next year. WSJ article

> AT&T will power connectivity services for Clairvoyant’s new Theora Connect wristwatch-style monitoring and communication device for Alzheimer's patients. Release

> T-Mobile’s network is now hitting speeds up to 500 Mbps in some locations via LAA technology. PCMag article

> With the U.S. satellite TV business in free fall, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts worked hard this week to spin the notion that the European satellite company he’s trying to buy faces entirely different market dynamics. FierceCable Deeper Dive

> Frontier workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union have gone on strike after not being able to reach what they say is a fair agreement with the telco. FierceTelecom article

> Congress appears to be moving forward with legislation that would allow the FCC to hold an auction of 28 GHz spectrum in November. Reuters article

> According to IDC, wearable vendors shipped 37.9 million units in the fourth quarter, up 7.7% from the 35.2 million units shipped in the same quarter a year ago. Release

> During the Oscars last night, T-Mobile unveiled a new ad campaign centered on the slogan “Are You With Us?” Release

> Verizon acquired a digital product design company called Moment. Release

> T-Mobile appears to be ending the free Vudu rental for Binge On customers. TMoNews article

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