Apple's App Store gaining momentum in China; Qualcomm Atheros to purchase Ikanos Communications

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Qualcomm Atheros said it will buy broadband networking semiconductor and software provider Ikanos Communications. Release

> Apple said its App Store did a record $1.7 billion in transactions in July, "with particular momentum in China," according to Apple's Eddy Cue. USA Today article

> Google is unlikely to buy Twitter, according to tech reporter Amir Efrati. Business Insider article

> Alcatel OneTouch today said it will issue a software update for the Idol 3 on or around Aug. 10 to repair a security problem. Phone Scoop article

> Smartphones have overtaken laptops as the preferred way for Britons to go online, according to British telecoms regulator Ofcom. Reuters article

> Nokia's N1 tablet will soon be officially offered in the UK and Ireland. SlashGear article

> Google plans to push security patches to Nexus-branded Android devices on a monthly basis. Android blog post

 Wireless Tech News

> FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler pointed to the 600 MHz spectrum band as a potential "wide-area 5G coverage layer" in an FCC post. He also promised investigation into higher-frequency spectrum as a means of pushing 5G forward. Article

> Although Wall Street analysts continued to fret over declines in the number of pay-TV subscribers, the nation's cable players generally offered positive views of Wi-Fi and their plans to expand the use of the technology. Indeed, a number of cable companies specifically mentioned their Wi-Fi plans during their second quarter conference calls with analysts. Article

Cable News

> How many subscribers to Dish Network's core satellite service were lost in the second quarter? And how many customers does Dish's new Sling TV streaming service have nearly six months after launch? These were the questions of curious media investment analysts that remained unanswered after Dish's Wednesday afternoon second-quarter earnings conference call, during which coy Dish executives would only release hints at the real answers. Article

> HBO CEO Richard Plepler dismissed concerns that the company's new direct-to-consumer streaming service, HBO Now, is cannibalizing its core pay-TV product. Article

Telecom News

> Windstream is accelerating its consumer DSL profile with plans to launch 50 Mbps speeds to nearly 1 million locations, including 380,000 existing customers. Article

> Verizon's small cell plans could be a boon for Cincinnati Bell's backhaul, dark fiber business, writes FierceTelecom Editor Sean Buckley. Editor's Corner

And finally… Adidas has acquired Runtastic, a European maker of fitness apps and wearable activity trackers, in a deal that valued around $239 million. New York Times article