Intel hires former Qualcomm exec for Internet of Things; Infinera, EBlink deliver fronthaul architecture to Orange

More wireless tech news from across the Web:

> Nokia's planned takeover of rival network gear maker Alcatel-Lucent will give it far greater scope to invest in new technologies like 5G mobile equipment while cutting costs, according to its CEO. Reuters article

> Intel hired Venkata "Murthy" Renduchintala, former executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies and co-president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, to serve as president of a newly created division for the Internet of Things. Venture Beat article

> Infinera and EBlink delivered their next-generation fiber and wireless-based mobile fronthaul architecture solutions in a field trial for Orange's 4G network in western France, interconnecting baseband units and remote radio heads from several of Orange's Radio Access Network vendors. Release

> Of all the Alphabet companies, Tony Fadell's Nest may be the clearest beneficiary of the new corporate structure. Re/code article

> Jawbone laid off around 60 employees, or 15 percent of staff. Tech Crunch article

> What can Japan contribute to the world of the Internet of Things? That was the gist of a keynote speech by Ken Sakamura at the Embedded Technology 2015/Internet of Things Technology 2015 Conference in Yokohama. EE Times article

> Technology and entertainment giants are betting billions that virtual reality is much more than a passing fad. New York Times article (sub. req.)

> A federal judge in Illinois has recently taken the unusual step of issuing three new stringent requirements for the government when it wants to deploy cell-site simulators. Ars Technica article

> A recent report on Android application behavior points to a startling amount of back-end Internet traffic with no benefit to the end-user but a significant impact on battery life. Extreme Tech article

And finally… 13 things the smartphone has made obsolete. Article