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> According to a new report, the U.S. government recorded Americans' international telephone calls nearly 10 years before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Article

> China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom formed a joint tower management company that will oversee close to 1 million towers in the country. Article

> Samsung is reportedly developing the Gear A smart watch that will feature 3G connections. Article

> Apple is reportedly considering removing Google from its Safari web browser, a move that could help Google earn more money through search ads. Article

> Google is reportedly developing a teleconferencing tool called GMeet. Article

> HTC launched its One M9+ in China. Article

> Amazon Instant Video is now available across all Android tablets. Article

> Intel announced a range of new chip products for the mobile space, including its new Atom x3 processor. Article

> IHS said it will acquire RootMetrics. Release

Online Video News

> On Sunday evening, hit HBO series Game of Thrones will premiere its fifth season. At the same time HBO Now, the network's much-anticipated, or much-dreaded if you're a cable operator, OTT service--which launched a few days early--will get its first real stress test. Editor's Corner

> Americans are far more interested in Amazon Prime's free two-day shipping benefit than they are in its streaming video offering, a new study by Strategy Analytics says. Article

> The YouTube Kids streaming app, which was launched in February, has come under fire from consumer advocacy groups, which say that its video programming disregards Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules that limit the amount and type of advertising around children's programming. Article

Telecom News

> FairPoint is responding to its cable competitors in New England with new wholesale fiber and Ethernet offerings. Article

Cable News

> CBS' a la carte streaming platform, CBS All Access, has secured a major distribution objective for the American living room, launching a new app for Roku devices. Article

> Willing to expand its programming bundle to get more sports into its portfolio of networks, Dish Network has added Outside Television to its "Multi Sport" programming package. Article

European Wireless News

> Telefónica is preparing to deploy subscriber management software from Alcatel-Lucent and consultancy Accenture in a bid to improve customer care in Europe and Latin America. Article

> EE has launched Wi-Fi calling services designed to enable users to make calls and send texts via their home or office Wi-Fi networks where mobile coverage is poor. Article

And finally… Fortune hired six former GigaOm journalists. Article

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