Apple reportedly planning to build electric cars; AT&T to sell BlackBerry Passport, Classic

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> Apple is reportedly considering building electric cars that would challenge Tesla's offerings. Article

> AT&T Mobility will sell the BlackBerry Passport and Classic starting Feb. 20. Article

> LG announced the new LG Watch Urbane, its latest Android Wear device. Article

> Xiaomi was China's top-selling smartphone maker in 2014, according to IDC, beating out Samsung Electronics. Article

> Sony is now taking orders for its SmartEyeglass wearable device. Article

> Android Wear notifications will now be supported by Pebble's smart watches. Article

> Apple Pay may soon be available from some services from the U.S. government. Article

Mobile Developer News

> Why app developers should hope for something better than a Hollywood ending. Editor's Corner

> A new report found that mobile app reviewers say they get an average of 20 developer pitches a day. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Vasona Networks unveiled the latest feature set for its SmartAIR 1000 edge application controller and SmartVision analysis suite, both aimed at addressing all that HTTPS traffic coming from streaming media, social networking and other popular apps. Article

> It's been years in the making, and Qualcomm continues to urge the FCC to issue a Report and Order establishing the Next Generation Air-Ground service in the 14.0-14.5 GHz band "as soon as possible," according to an FCC filing. There's just one problem: Gogo. Article

> Researchers at Oxford University are using light to deliver data to a computer at more than 100 gigabits per second, with the potential for data rates of 3 terabits per second and up. Article

Telecom News

> CenturyLink has established a partnership with IBM and the state of Louisiana to develop a new applications development innovation center in Monroe, La. Article

> AT&T made it official that Kansas City is the next stop in its ongoing fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) journey, putting it in direct competition with Google Fiber and Consolidated Communications for fiber-based broadband service. Article

Cable News

> Approximately 260 Brooklyn-based Cablevision employees represented by the Communications Workers of America have voted to ratify a collective bargaining agreement with Cablevision, ending a nasty three-year labor battle. Article

> Viacom and Dish agreed to have EPIX to run on Dish's Sling TV. Article

European Wireless News

> ZTE is set to double its annual 5G research and development spend to around $400 million (€350 million) and add another 800 engineers to laboratories focused on the next generation technology in 2015, the company's chief scientist said. Article

> Huawei has appointed John Browne, the former CEO of UK-based energy company BP, to the position of non-executive chairman of its UK unit as part of ongoing efforts by the China-based group to demonstrate its commitment to corporate governance. Article

And finally… Shipments of flip phones rose in Japan last year. Article

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