Apple rumored to be heading into person-to-person payments; Sprint expands Open World roaming options

More wireless news from across the Web:

> A new report looks at why Apple may venture into the market for person-to-person payments. Bloomberg article

> Sprint increased the number of locations covered by its new Open World roaming offering. Release

> New court filings point to the data that can be obtained by FBI officials from telecommunications companies. Reuters article

> Nokia will sell a $60,000 virtual reality camera starting next year. Reuters article

> Facebook's WhatsApp appears to be blocking access to some of its competitors. Business Insider article

> China's Huawei and Japan's DoCoMo said they successfully completed a field test of LAA technology. Release

> According to one analyst, Apple Watch sales reached 6 million this month. Mobile Marketer article

> AT&T announced it won a five-year purchase agreement from the federal government's General Services Administration for fleet management services including GPS vehicle tracking, vehicle monitoring and diagnostics capabilities. Release

> Microsoft added information from its Power BI product to its Cortana digital assistant service, giving it business information. PhoneScoop article

> Smartphones accounted for 17.1 percent of all Cyber Monday spending as of 3 p.m. Eastern yesterday, according to an IBM report. WSJ article

Mobile Developer News

> Developers are concerned over Apple's approach to iPad Pro application sales. Editor's Corner

Telecom News

> TDS Telecom may be an advocate of expanding broadband services, including offering 1 Gbps FTTH, but it is concerned that the FCC's new 25/3 Mbps definition of broadband may be challenging to meet in rural areas where buildout costs are higher. Article

> USA Fiber has established an interconnection agreement for its core fiber with Montgomery County, Md., and its FiberNet network, deepening its presence in buildings and fiber miles throughout the state. Article

Cable News

> The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has named veteran Comcast executive Chris Bastian as its new senior VP and CTO, replacing Daniel Howard, who shifted to an org fellow position back in February. Article

> Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) is the latest NCTC member company to pipe up about stalled carriage renewal talks with AMC Networks, accusing the programmer of seeking an excessive 379 percent fee increase over its current contract. Article

And finally… Holiday lights might be slowing down your Wi-Fi. Article

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