Nokia and Qualcomm create MulteFire Alliance; Padmasree Warrior joins electric car company

More wireless tech news from across the Web:

> Nokia and Qualcomm create the MulteFire Alliance for combining LTE and Wi-Fi. Blog

> Padmasree Warrior, ex-CTO and strategy chief at Cisco Systems, has joined a Chinese electric car start-up competing with Tesla. Warrior will be U.S. CEO and head of development for software and user experience at NextEV. Network World article

> The OPNFV community plans its second release, Brahmaputra, for February, with the goal of providing "lab-ready" code on which network operators can begin to test virtual network functions. Light Reading article

> California unveiled preliminary regulations for autonomous-driving cars. Wall Street Journal article

> FirstNet's strategy for maximizing interoperability across the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) is to leverage open, standards-based solutions for network infrastructure and services and data access and applications. Blog

> Brazil's decision to shut down WhatsApp for 48 hours has resulted in more than 1.5 million new users joining direct competitor Telegram. The Verge article

And finally… Star Wars tech: 8 sci-fi inventions and their real-life counterparts. Article