Cable CTOs talk to Wheeler about LTE-U; Project Loon partners with Indonesian telcos

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> Ericsson and AT&T demonstrated the deployment of a Telco Virtualized Network Function (VNF) in a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) environment that is integrated with OpenStack at the OpenStack Summit on Oct. 27 in Tokyo, Japan. Release

> SK Telecom revealed how 5G network monitoring could look during the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo. Computer article

> Cable chief technology officers, joined by execs from Google and Microsoft, met with FCC chairman Tom Wheeler to argue that before LTE-U technologies are employed in unlicensed spectrum bands, there must be rigorous standards to insure the technology does not impair Wi-Fi. Broadcasting & Cable article

> Project Loon is partnering with three of Indonesia's biggest telecom companies for a country-wide test period starting next year. The Verge article

> Ericsson announced the launch of the 5G Exchange (5GEx) project, a Phase 1 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) research and innovation project that aims to enable a unified European 5G infrastructure service market that integrates multiple operators and technologies. Release

> German data protection authorities say they will immediately begin investigating data transfers from the EU to the U.S. by companies such as Facebook and Google, and may issue orders for data flows to be halted. Ars Technica article

> Facebook released an update to its iOS app that will stop the excessive drain on iPhone batteries that users were reporting. EE Times article

> Mark Zuckerberg, in India, defends Facebook's plan to expand Internet access. New York Times blog

> A study shows voice-activated car systems are turning out to be a major cause of distraction while on the road. Extreme Tech article

And finally… Judge rules Kentucky man had the right to shoot down his neighbor's drone. Article