Verizon teams with Sequans on Cat M LTE; Nokia showcases LTE for drones in smart cities

More wireless tech news from across the Web:

> Verizon and Sequans Communications announced joint activities to accelerate commercial realization of Category M (CAT M) LTE products based on the coming Release 13 of the 3GPP LTE standard. Release

> Looking to speed time to market for Internet of Things products, Ericsson announced a new virtual marketplace for patent licensing across potential IoT verticals ranging from industrial applications to connected cars. RCR Wireless article

> Nokia is showcasing its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Traffic Management concept for the safe operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles via LTE at the UAE Drones for Good Award event in Dubai from Feb. 4-6. Release

> Public-safety agencies depending on LMR communications systems operating on T-Band spectrum should experience "no loss of service -- no loss of continuity" as a result of a federal mandate that requires public-safety licensees to clear the airwaves in five years. IWCE's Urgent Communications article

> NASA denied assertions by hacking group AnonSec that it breached NASA's network and temporarily gained partial control of a NASA Global Hawk drone. EE Times article

> Google parent Alphabet is losing one of its most influential engineers, but his successor's background is indicative of how important artificial intelligence technology is becoming to the Silicon Valley company. New York Times article

> Twitter apparently is testing a new button on its mobile app for posting GIFs. The Verge article

> Ericsson is launching four new solutions that will be showcased during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016. Release

> On the eve of its 70th birthday, Tektronix announced a new brand strategy, one focused on applications. EE Times article

And finally… A new brain-like chip developed by researchers at MIT could make mobile devices smarter. Article