Apple still working on revamped Beats service; FCC site reveals Verizon-branded Windows phone

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> Apple is still planning to debut its revamped Beats service at its developer event in June even though recent reports say it is still negotiating necessary deals to make the streaming service live. Article

> The FCC web site reveals a Verizon-branded Windows phone that operates on the company's LTE and CDMA networks.  Neither company has announced the device.  Article

> Comcast's Xfinity Home Automation product will soon support Nest. Article

> JetBlue has teamed with Amazon to offer streaming television, movies and music in-flight. Article

> Google expanded its suite of ads for mobile devices and now offers users information toward potential purchases, rather than just links. Article

> MVNO Kajeet announced a new program to help educators monitor their students' home Internet. Release

European Wireless News

> Orange is considering selling some fiber assets that it will gain as part of its acquisition of Spanish broadband provider Jazztel. Article

> Telenor president and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas raised the company's full-year earnings forecasts after the Norway-based operator generated record high revenues in the opening quarter of 2015. Article

Online Video News

> Peter Chernin and Tim Armstrong, top executives in the online video market, reiterated their belief that increasingly valuable branded content will continue to drive the online video market for the foreseeable future. Article

> To cut the cord or not is a conversation that is increasingly taking place in households worldwide, according to a new report from Limelight Networks. In its annual "State of Online Video Survey," the digital content delivery provider suggests that almost 90 percent of respondents, regardless of age, are open to the idea of cancelling their pay-TV service and going all-OTT. Article

> Content discovery for Periscope may get a whole lot easier with the launch of Stream, an app through which users can browse and find live streams on the popular, Twitter-owned service and access them in real time. New York-based startup Dextro developed the app and is simultaneously releasing a new version of its computer vision API. Article

Cable News

> Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts used his portion of Tuesday's keynote address at the INTX convention to introduce--as explosively as possible--the company's highly anticipated Xfinity voice remote. Article

> A top executive from Cox Communications said the operator's "Contour" user interface has motivated its customers to watch 40 percent more TV shows and 20 percent more channels. Article

> Comcast pledged to spend $300 million and hire 5,500 new workers to bolster its customer service acumen. Article

Telecom News

> Frontier Communications sees a large opportunity to drive more of its residential broadband users--the majority of which are still on a low-speed 6 Mbps connection--to the higher speeds that it's making available across its network footprint. Article

> CenturyLink plans to reach 700,000 residential homes with its 1-Gig service by the end of the year.  Article

And finally… Chinese OEM Xiaomi is selling battery packs, a USB lamp, headphones and a Bluetooth selfie stick in addition to its phones. Article

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