Apple Pay might debut Oct. 20; BlackBerry launches new ad campaign

Quick news from around the Web.

> Apple's new payment platform, Apple Pay, will reportedly debut with the rollout of iOS 8.1 on Oct. 20. Article

> BlackBerry launched a new rebranding campaign, starting with advertising aimed at promoting its new smartphone, the Passport. Article

> ARM Holdings has created a free operating system called Mbed to spur the adoption of the Internet of Things. Article

> AT&T is extending its $100 bill-credit promotion through Oct. 31. Article

> AT&T's Cricket prepaid brand will launch the Nokia Lumia 530 on Oct. 3 for $50. Article

> T-Mobile US will also carry the Lumia 530, starting Oct. 15, for $79.20. Post

> LG Electronics may be working on a smart watch running webOS. Article

> Regional carriers Nex-Tech Wireless and United Wireless are working with TNS and the CCA Data Services Hub and are having TNS provide IPX services to let both carriers use the hub for LTE roaming across each other's network footprints. Release

> Ericsson Research is releasing its Bowser web browser and the underlying framework, OpenWebRTC, as free and open source. Release

> Canadian patent-licensing company WiLan said a U.S. judge ruled in favor of Apple in a patent-litigation case related to LTE. Article

> Sprint is enabling Wi-Fi calling on the Kyocera Hydro Vibe. Release

> Cloud-storage provider Box will reportedly delay its initial public offering until 2015. Article

> EMC named former Apple executive Zane Rowe as its CFO. Article (sub. req.)

> Cisco CEO John Chambers received $16.5 million in compensation for the company's latest fiscal year, a 22 percent decline. Article

> According to a few reports, Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 4 has a gap between the screen of the phone and its metal frame that is big enough to slide a business card into. Samsung says the gap does not affect the functionality or quality of the Note 4. Article (sub. req.)

> France's Orange will start carrying Netflix service in November. Article

> The NFC Forum launched a developer program to spur the adoption of Near Field Communications technology. Release

> Ad agency Publicis has reportedly held onto a major contract with Samsung. Article

> Apple recently published a website that enables potential buyers of used iPhones to see whether the device was reported as stolen before making a purchase. Article

> The service-provider members of the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley awarded seven young telecom companies for their innovation, execution, management and technologies at the association's annual SPIFFY Award ceremony. Release

> Google is cutting prices again on its cloud-based services for businesses, in a bid to steal customers away from rivals such as Amazon and Microsoft. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Urban Airship and Gimbal are teaming up in what they're calling a preferred partnership designed to accelerate "in the moment" mobile engagement. Article

> One area 5G researchers have been targeting is radio-channel models. Why? Because the current models are not suitable for this next generation of wireless networks, according to an Ericsson Research blog post. Article

> LTE Diameter signaling volumes will continue to expand through 2018 as wireless subscribers adopt personalized data plans and new video and voice services, including voice over LTE (VoLTE), according to the third annual Oracle Communications LTE Diameter Signaling Index. Article

Telecom News

> Windstream has reached a deal to acquire Chicago-based Business Only Broadband, adding fixed wireless to its mix of service-delivery options for its growing business-services unit. Article

> TNCI, an emerging national telecom provider focused on wholesale and business services, has taken another step forward in evolving its network from TDM to IP by deploying Genband's session controller, gateway and session border controllers. Article

Cable News

> Joseph Clancy, a retired Secret Service agent who has served in the private sector as director of corporate security for Comcast since 2011, was just named interim director of the agency. Article

And finally… San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi in 32 new public locations, thanks to a $608,000 check from Google. Article