Apple releases iOS 9 beta; C Spire starts selling LG G4

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Apple shares fell yesterday for a fifth day, pushing shares to the brink of a 10 percent correction. Bloomberg article

> Apple made a beta of its newly updated mobile operating system, iOS 9, available to the general public for testing. TechCrunch article

> Amazon launched its AWS Device Farm, which lets developers test out Android and Fire OS apps on a variety of devices through the company's cloud service. The Next Web article

> IBM announced that a consortium it led has produced the world's first functional 7-nanometer node test chipsets. The Verge article

> C Spire Wireless said it will start selling the LG G4 today. Android Central article

> BlackBerry announced several updates for BES12, which now provides support for Samsung KNOX Workspace and Android for Work. PhoneScoop article

> MVNO Defense Mobile is offering American Legion members a 10 percent discount on mobile service for life when a member verifies his or her military affiliation using his or her American Legion Member ID Number. Release

> Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone has decided to leave the phone business after nearly six years. Engadget article

> HTC is bringing the HTC Vive, its virtual reality headset, to San Diego during Comic-Con this weekend for demos. Android Central article

Telecom News

> Verizon may be keen on migrating more customers off its aging copper network onto fiber, but that transition is creating a new battle for some customers that still want to retain a copper-based POTS line. Article

> Cable MSO Suddenlink has begun offering its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service to customers in its 16-state footprint that includes Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Article

European Wireless News

> France's MVNOs pleaded for a return to a market with only three mobile operators, saying this would provide better conditions for wholesale access to mobile networks. Article

> French regulator Arcep invited bidders to submit their applications to take part in an auction of 700-MHz spectrum, kicking off a process that the French government hopes will raise at least €2.5 billion ($2.8 billion) for state coffers. Article

Cable News

> While conceding his own companies "missed the boat a little bit" in letting upstart Netflix become the dominant force in over-the-top distribution, Liberty Media Chairman John Malone said his cable holdings, which include the burgeoning Charter Communications empire, are still well-positioned in an OTT future. Article

> ESPN has lost around 3.2 million subscribers in a little more than a year, and 7.2 percent of its customer base since July 2011, as pay-TV users abandon their services or cut them back to cheaper skinny bundles. Article

And finally… More than half of U.S. smartphone owners check their devices a few times an hour or more, according to a Gallup report. Article

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