Alcatel-Lucent CEO: Vendor back in mobile 'big time'; Galaxy S5 pricing detailed by AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular

Quick news from around the Web.

> AT&T Mobility offered details on its plans for DAS and small cells. Post

> According to Alcatel-Lucent's CEO, the company is back in mobile "big time." Article

> AT&T, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Sprint disclosed their Galaxy S5 launch plans and, in some cases, pricing.

> According to a new report, Motorola's Moto 360 smart watch will feature sapphire glass and wireless charging. Article

> The latest version of Starbucks' mobile app, which features a shake-to-pay feature, is now available. Article

> SmoothTalker said its new STEALTH TECH cellular signal boosters received two new FCC certifications. Release

Telecom News

> AT&T is giving its consumer and business users in Alabama access to more of its next-gen service set, investing more than $1.35 billion in its local networks between 2011 and 2013. Article

> Verizon extended FiOS to 3.7 million more homes and businesses in Connecticut and New York. Article

Cable News

> DirecTV Chairman-CEO Michael White took home about 30 percent less money in 2013 compared to 2012, according to a company proxy statement that listed White's total compensation in 2013 as $12.5 million, compared to $18 million in 2012. Article

> While taking the time to compliment Cablevision for its "strong net neutrality" stance, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took to task other "big ISPs" that he claims constrain the over-the-top signal and create a degraded viewing experience for Netflix subscribers. Article

European Wireless News

> VimpelCom is mulling a refinancing plan for Italy's Wind. Article

> Tele2 appointed Allison Kirkby as its new chief financial officer, to replace Lars Nilsson who is leaving after seven years at the Sweden-based operator. Article

> Hutchison Whampoa's Republic of Ireland operator, 3 Ireland, would establish a ready-made fourth mobile operator in the country if the European Commission (EC) approves a €780 million ($1 billion) acquisition of Telefónica's local O2 business. Article

And finally… Christian Bale could play Steve Jobs in a new movie. Article


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