Amazon slashes Fire phone price to $199; Samsung initiates $2B share-buyback plan

> Samsung Electronics announced a $2 billion share-buyback plan. Article

> Amazon cut the price of its Fire phone to just $199 unlocked--a $250 price cut off the phone's already reduced price. Article

> The U.S. is concerned about a draft plan by the EU to break up Google. Article

> Sony is developing a watch made out of electronic paper that could be released as early as next year. Article

> Twitter is in talks to buy Shots, a selfie-photo-sharing app that is backed by Justin Bieber. Article

> AT&T's Project VIP spurred the hiring of 1,300 people at the company's Georgia location. Release

European Wireless News

> If BT buys O2 or EE, there is a fair chance that its strategy to roll out a small-cell network may be put on hold. Commentary

> Orange's and Deutsche Telekom's respective Polish subsidiaries are among six operators bidding for fresh LTE spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands. Article

> TDC, Telenor, Telia and 3 Denmark have sold their mobile payments venture, Paii, to a rival company owned by banks, conceding that payment activities are perhaps more suited to financial institutions than telecoms service providers. Article

Cable News

> The New York Department of Investigation (DOI) has accused New York Mayor Bill de Blasio of improperly conducting a secret meeting with unionized Cablevision workers at a public school. Article

> Sling Media has integrated a contextual overlay feature that delivers relevant video snippets to complement whatever programming the user might be consuming at the time. Article

Online Video News

> Tivo, which has been offering OTT-enabled set-tops to both consumers and pay-TV operator partners, had a net income of $6.35 million in its fiscal 2015 third quarter. Article

> Streaming sticks will be one of the hottest stocking stuffers this holiday season, if new data from Parks Associates is any indication. Article

Telecom News

> Hibernia Networks has built a new point of presence (PoP) at Telecity's Northwest Business Park data center in Dublin. Article

> Verizon's Enterprise Solutions introduced the Verizon Retail Index, a new tool to give members of the retail, shipping and transportation industries another point of view about online consumer habits. Article

And finally … Verizon is giving customers 1GB of free data today as part of its Connection Day celebration. Website