AT&T closes on Crown Castle deal; Samsung launches GamePad

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> A federal district judge ruled on Monday that the National Security Agency program that collects the metadata of Americans' phone calls most likely violates the Constitution. Article

> AT&T inks an LTE roaming deal with EE. Article

> AT&T closed on its $4.48 billion deal with Crown Castle to lease the rights of 9,000 of its wireless towers and sell approximately 600 more. Article

> A new Strategy Analytics report predicts global LTE connections will grow from 238 million in 2013 to 2 billion in 2018. Article

> Google's Motorola Mobility unit lost an appeal to invalidate a patent Microsoft used to win a ban on U.S. imports of some mobile phones. Article

> Samsung launched GamePad, a gaming accessory for its Android smartphones. Article

> British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the government may need to enhance its oversight of a cyber security center in southern England run by Huawei. Article

> Chunghwa Telecom selected Nokia Solutions and Networks as a supplier to its LTE network. Article

Mobile Developer News

> App Annie's latest report found that Japan beat the United States out of the No. 1 spot in terms of monthly app store revenue. Article

> Apple's patent for curved touch-sensitive glass should be a catalyst for developers to come up with apps that would benefit from curved glass. Commentary

Telecom News

> Bell Aliant's Atlantic Canada IPTV service has expanded its Community One TV channel with five new shows that highlight local culture and sports. Article

> British consumers are not very happy about the way BT provides TV service, according to an analysis of complaints made to the UK's Office of Communications (Ofcom). Article

> AT&T owns about 20 percent of the utility poles in Austin, Texas, and says it doesn't have to provide access to Google Fiber. Article

And finally… A new startup formed by a former HTC executive aims to keep wearable fitness devices relevant after the novelty wears off. Article.