Apple's Christie retires, Ive takes over; Google releases more Project Ara details

Quick news from around the Web.

> Apple said Greg Christie, the head of the company's "human interface" team for software, will retire and Jonathan Ive will take over command of Christie's group. Article

> Google released additional details on its Project Ara effort to build modular smartphones. Article

> Huawei could win a $750 million contract to build a wireless network in Mexico, and Chinese officials are working to push the deal. Article

> Apple hired a cadre of senior RF engineers from Broadcom amid rumors the iPhone maker is considering building baseband chips internally. Article

> ZTE's first quarter profit could double. Article

> OTT messaging vendor Line said it could gain up to 1 billion users by next year. Article

> Facebook appears to be driving users to its Messenger app by turning off messaging functions in its core app. Article

> LG could be planning to overhaul its user interface for its Android phones. Article

> AT&T and Transit Wireless could expand cellular service in New York City subways. Article

> Air Canada will offer in-flight Wi-Fi. Article

> File storage company Dropbox announced a new Carousel app for viewing pictures as part of a wider effort to expand the utility of its services. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Inflight Wi-Fi providers allegedly cut wiretap deals with feds. Editor's Corner

> UK testing technology provider Anite declared it is the first to offer testing of 4x4 downlink (DL) MIMO device designs and products to chipset and device manufacturers. Article

> Over-the-top (OTT) voice over IP services are increasingly popular among mobile customers, who consider them less-expensive alternatives to standard cellular voice. But these services have significant performance shortcomings in comparison to Voice over LTE (VoLTE) offerings that mobile operators can provide, according to Nokia Solutions and Networks. Article

Telecom News

> Frontier Communications' customer service employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 503 union have ratified a new labor agreement. Article

> Masergy has reached a deal to acquire Global DataGuard, a move that will enhance its growing cloud services portfolio with additional managed security capabilities. Article

Cable News

> The digital divide is opening up once again. This time, though, the gap is between those with ultra-high-speed 1 Gbps broadband service and those with more conventional service. Article

> Even as Comcast and Time Warner Cable executives put on a united front defending Comcast's $45.2 billion takeover of TWC, Charter Communications, a spurned suitor for the nation's second biggest MSO, is mulling a bidding war. Article

> As expected, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee called on Comcast and Time Warner Cable executives to defend a proposed $45.2 billion merger, with at least one senator stating outright, "I am against this deal." Article

> Cablevision continued to define the model of a family-run business when CEO James Dolan stepped down as president, relinquishing that title to his brother-in-law Brian Sweeney and naming his wife, Kristin Dolan, as the company's COO. Both were also elected officers of the company. Article

And finally… Apple's reported iWatch could cost several thousand dollars. Article

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