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> Apple CEO Tim Cook is wearing an exclusive Apple Watch that no one else can buy. Article

> Apple and Samsung appear to be on friendly terms again. Article

> Microsoft executives are arguing that the company's planned support for iOS and Android apps in phones will not erode the value of Windows. Article

> C Spire Wireless opened a new retail store in Columbus. Release

> Facebook has opened Internet.org to developers. Article

> Google has installed a new executive to head up its Google Maps operations. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Signals Research Group (SRG) recently released results of tests conducted in February on the LG U+ LTE Advanced 300 Mbps network in Seoul. Article

> Shares of Ruckus Wireless were down Friday after the company missed analysts' estimates for earnings and revenue in the first quarter, but the company--like its competitors--is still ready to seize any disruption in the Wi-Fi market caused by HP's purchase of Aruba Networks. Article

> The next generation of wireless known as 5G will provide at least 10-fold improvement in the user experience and must be able to handle low-cost devices across the whole range of 5G frequency bands. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T and CenturyLink have joined USTelecom and the CTIA trade associations in firing the latest salvo at net neutrality orders by asking the FCC to stay its action of placing broadband Internet access services under Title II regulation. Article

> Ciena is moving to acquire Cyan for $400 million in cash and stock, a deal that will enhance the vendor's ability to respond to emerging demands from carriers to provide virtualized on-demand services for customers by using a mixture of software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). Article

Cable News

> Comcast held the line in the first quarter of 2015, reporting a 2.6 percent revenue increase year over year to $17.85 billion despite the roller-coaster ride surrounding its failed merger with Time Warner Cable. But its subscriber numbers tell a tale of the cord-cutting tape, as the cable operator added 407,000 high-speed Internet customers but watched its video subscribers continue to decline. Article

> As cable operators work to stem the rise of over-the-top providers like Netflix and HBO Now, they may turn their attention toward smoothing the set-top box user interface as one way to satisfy customers and prevent them from straying, according to longtime cable executive Jeff Huppertz. Article

European Wireless News

> Huawei promised to deliver an improved video streaming experience to consumers by supplying operators with a new video on demand (VoD) platform. Article

> UK mobile payments venture Weve could soon be broken up, as reports say the planned sale of founding partner O2 UK to Hutchison Whampoa would dismantle the existing three-year partnership. Article

And finally… Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina is running for president. Article

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