Alcatel-Lucent invests $4M in EBlink; R&D spending on 5G forecast to reach $3B annually by 2020

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> Alcatel-Lucent invested $4 million (3 million euros) in fronthaul specialist EBlink. Article

> Pocons signed a joint development agreement with Energous for the latter's WattUp wire-free charging technology. Release  

> Amanda Hilliard, director of outreach for the First Responder Network Authority, said the earliest state plans for the FirstNet LTE-based public-safety network will not be ready until at least 2015's second half. Article

> A Huawei executive said the number of global TD-LTE subscribers will reach 130 million by year's end, thanks in large part to China Mobile. Article

> Comcast's plan to use customers' routers to create a mesh of public Wi-Fi may open the door to man-in-the-middle attacks enabled by the "WiFi Pineapple." Article

> The Wireless Registry launched a free proximal API for developers. Release

> The FCC proposes to spend $2 billion to expand Wi-Fi access in schools and libraries. Release

> R&D spending on 5G wireless technology is forecast to reach $3 billion annually by 2020, according to SNS Research. Release

And finally… Police pulled over two men, both in Superman costumes, who were in a car equipped with its own fluttering cape. Article

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