Amazon's losses increase; Samsung could work with Facebook's Oculus on virtual reality

Quick news from around the Web.

> A new website allows users to rank the quality of hotel Wi-Fi. Article

> In its most recent quarter Amazon reported increasing losses as it works to expand its product offerings. Article. Also, according to a look inside Amazon's new Fire phone, the company is using chips from the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung and NXP. Article

> According to a new report, Facebook's Oculus is now working with Samsung for virtual reality products beyond the desktop computer. Article. Separately, Samsung's own rumored virtual reality products may be released soon. Article

> The FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he plans to allow cities to build their own municipal networks. Article

> Facebook and Uber are discussing ways they can integrate their respective services. Article

> Microsoft's OneNote is now available for Amazon's Fire phone. Article

Online Video News

> Although the company rarely offers a look into how it allocates its resources among its various units, Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak revealed on the retailer's earnings call that the company plans to spend $100 million in this quarter alone on original content for its Prime Instant Video service. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T is officially moving ahead with its intention to bring its GigaPower 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) service to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Article

Cable News

> Once again proving the equity power of teenagers playing videogames, Google will pay about $1 billion to acquire San Francisco-based online programming platform Twitch. Article

> Rupert Murdoch and 21st Century Fox haven't even come back with a follow-up offer to their rejected $80 billion bid for Time Warner Inc. But there's plenty of speculation already as to what Murdoch will do if he acquires his prize. Article

European Wireless News

> Telecom Italia CEO Marco Patuano said a merger of its Brazilian unit with a local operator is not on the agenda for now, but said he does not rule out the possibility of such a move in future. Article

> Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao said the company's European businesses showed signs of stabilizing in the calendar second quarter of 2014--the company's fiscal first quarter--despite the region dragging down total group revenue during the period. Article

And finally… Google is now working to collect people's genetic and molecular information. Article

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