Ericsson provides cloud platform for NTT DoCoMo's multi-vendor NFV launch; Wi-Fi blocking persists despite crackdown

More wireless tech news from across the Web:

> Ericsson announced that a multi-vendor NFV solution using Ericsson's open NFV platform was successfully launched for the commercial network of NTT DoCoMo on March 9. Release

> President Barack Obama kicked off South by Southwest Interactive with a keynote talk calling on technology leaders to drive change in three areas: improve government and services through digitalization, tackle big problems in new ways and ensure technology eases civic participation. RCR Wireless article

> Wi-Fi hotspot blocking persists despite FCC crackdown. Network World article

> Faced with FCC regulations on router capabilities, TP-Link blocks open-source updates. Extreme Tech article

> Open source project ONOS is using this week's Open Networking Summit to show off significant progress for its efforts and those of its top use case, Central Office Redesigned as a Data Center (CORD). Light Reading article

> Google says Chrome version 49 for Android has graduated from the beta channel and is available as a general release in the Google Play Store. Chrome 49 is notable due to its support for Eddystone Bluetooth beacons. Phone Scoop article

> General Motors disclosed that it is acquiring a San Francisco-based autopilot technology startup, Cruise Automation. EE Times article

> Government officials are privately debating how to resolve a prolonged standoff with WhatsApp over access to its popular instant messaging application, according to officials and others involved in the case. New York Times article

And finally… Time to celebrate Pi Day. Scientific American article