Amazon cuts $200 from Fire phone price tag; AT&T to put smart watches onto shared data plans

Quick news from around the Web.

> AT&T Mobility said that, after the initial year of service included with the purchase of a Timex Ironman One GPS+ smart watch, customers can pay $40 for a second year of data and messaging for the device. Importantly, the carrier also said that "customers in the future to simply add a watch to their mobile share account, with no additional contract or agreement." Post

> The U.S. government is moving forward with plans that will allow automobiles to wirelessly stay in contact with each other, technology intended to avoid collisions. Article

> Designer Marc Newson has joined Apple. Article

> Motorola's Moto 360 smart watch has sold out online. Article

> Intel is working with watch company Fossil on wearable devices. Article

> Google's Nest is heading to Europe. Article

> Mosaik Solutions is acquiring TowerSource, which provides a vertical asset site database. Release

> MVNO TracFone Wireless continues to invest in the mobile healthcare segment, teaming with Voxiva to launch the SafeLink Health Solutions brand and with Triple-S Salud to offer free cell phones and health messaging programs. Release

> Netflix may add short-form content to its portfolio to provide mobile phone users with content to watch. Article

> Amazon cut the price of its Fire phone to 99 cents with a two-year AT&T Mobility contract. Release. The phone is also launching in the UK exclusively through O2 and in Germany exclusively through Deutsche Telekom. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Strategy Analytics is forecasting that more than 5 billion connections will use low-power, wide-area (LPWA) networks by 2022, up from just 11 million in 2014. Article

> Fastback Networks said its backhaul radio is now capable of throughput exceeding 800 Mbps up to a distance of 2 kilometers, whether in line-of-sight (LOS), near-line-of-sight (nLOS) or non-line-of-sight (NLOS) conditions. Article

> The board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will move forward with five new faces, announced Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Article

Telecom News

> CenturyLink is looking to acquire RackSpace in an effort to bolster its cloud service capabilities, reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the situation. Article

> Seaborn Networks' pending build of the Seabras-1 submarine cable system linking the U.S. and Brazil has attracted Microsoft, which has signed an agreement for fiber network capacity in order to fulfill its customers' cloud service desires. Article

Cable News

> The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has announced the launch of a new international training body, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE). The trade group also added Liberty Global as a member of its Corporate Alliance Program. Article

> DirecTV and Raycom settled their retransmission fight, but exchanged nasty words. Article

European Wireless News

> UK-based mobile operators rejected calls by the government to create a national roaming agreement in an effort to improve poor signal coverage in rural areas, although operators say they are working with the government by looking at various options to help address the problem of mobile black spots, or "not" spots. Article

> Vodafone confirmed that it plans to launch its mobile wallet in the UK in October, in what will be the fourth market for the service after Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. Article

And finally… The Motorola phones that never were. Article

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