Apple Watch to hit Apple retail stores in 2 weeks; Cisco shakes up more management positions

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> ZTE's subsidiary brand, Nubia, is selling the Nubia Z9 smartphone directly to consumers in the U.S. Article

> Apple announced that the Apple Watch will arrive in new countries on June 26 and in Apple Retail stores across the globe in two weeks. Release

> Cisco Systems confirmed that CTO and chief strategy officer Padmasree Warrior will be leaving in September following a few months as a strategic adviser. Her departure follows that of President Rob Lloyd and COO Gary Moore, which Cisco announced Monday. Article

> Nokia updated its HERE Maps products for the Android, iOS and Windows Phone platforms. Article

> Just days before Apple plans to reveal a music streaming service, the company is reportedly still negotiating with record labels over terms. Article

> Syniverse Technologies CMO Mary Clark noted there are around 60 to 80 new international LTE roaming deals in place now and she expects at least some of these to be revealed this summer. Article

> Facebook unveiled a new version of its Android app, Facebook Lite, that uses less data and is designed for use in emerging markets with slower data networks. Release

> HTC just revealed the One ME smartphone for China. Article

> Apple is currently the dominant player in consumer digital video consumption, according to Adobe Digital Index, Adobe's marketing arm. Article

> Facebook is giving users more granular tools for how they share their location through its Messenger app. Article

> "We don't always get it right," Matt Brittin, Google's president in Europe, said in his first public statement on the European Union antitrust charges that were announced in April. Article

> The Obama administration on Thursday announced a major breach of federal employees' data, involving at least 4 million current and former government workers in an attack that officials said apparently originated in China. Article

Cable News

> MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett said he does not believe that a merger between No. 2 U.S. satellite TV company Dish Network and No. 4 wireless operator T-Mobile is a good match. Article

> Dish Network's Sling TV OTT service currently counts around 250,000 paying subscribers, according to a new Re/code article citing unnamed industry executives familiar with the company's operations. That would be an increase from the 100,000 sign-ups that Sling TV counted in March, according to Re/code. Article

Telecom News

> Consolidated Communications may still be into its two-year integration of Enventis, but the service provider is not going to rule out other deals if they could provide complementary footprint or reach that would enhance its business and wholesale service capabilities. Article

> BT has established an agreement with Check Point Software to embed new security elements into its network, furthering BT's mark on the managed cloud security segment. Article

European Wireless News

> Alcatel-Lucent bosses confirmed they will press ahead with a planned €15.6 billion ($17.5 billion) merger with Nokia despite shareholder concerns about the transaction. Article

> Orange this week revealed a number of moves that could see it end a brand license agreement in Israel and expand further in North Africa, while some reports linked it to bids for smaller operators in Europe such as KPN, Belgacom or Telecom Italia. Article

And finally… Will the Apple Watch be the gaming platform of 2015? Article

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