Qualcomm closes acquisition of CSR; Bell rolls out tri-band LTE-A service in Canada

Wireless tech news from across the web:

> New documents released by Edward Snowden reveal AT&T was more than just a willing participant in the National Security Agency's efforts to snoop on the world's Internet usage. The Verge article

> The FAA says pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, from a total of 238 sightings in all of 2014 to more than 650 by Aug. 9 of this year. Release

> Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos responds to The New York Times story: 'I don't recognize this Amazon.' Re/Code article

> A piece of correspondence unearthed by a public records request may provide more evidence that Apple is building a self-driving car. Venture Beat article

> Qualcomm completed its $2.4 billion acquisition of Internet of Things chip maker CSR, which makes Bluetooth Smart and other chips for so-called automotive infotainment and IoT products. San Diego Union-Tribune article

> Seed Labs and Obay Technologies teamed up on software technologies for a new family of smart blinds and shades, as well as other smart home solutions. Release

> The ongoing legal saga known as the Oracle-Google copyright battle took a huge leap when Oracle claimed the last six Android operating systems are "infringing Oracle's copyrights in the Java platform." Ars Technica article

> Canada's Bell says it rolled out North America's first tri-band LTE Advanced (LTE-A) network service, delivering mobile data speeds of up to 290 Megabits per second (Mbps). The service works with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Samsung Galaxy Note5 smartphones launching Aug. 21. Release

> A consortium of telecom industry vendors, IT companies, small- and medium-sized enterprises and academic organizations in Europe was awarded about $8.8 million in research funding to develop the infrastructure required to support the future 5G network and communication systems. Release

And finally… NASA is asking the public to design smartwatch apps for its astronauts. Article