AT&T issues layoffs in Kansas City; BlackBerry updates BBM

Quick news from around the Web.

> AT&T issued layoff notices to 29 workers in Kansas City. Article

> Casey Coleman, who recently oversaw the General Services Administration's information technology division, is now an executive with AT&T--which recently won a major contract from the GSA. Article

> Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is predicting an upbeat 2015. Article

> BlackBerry updated its BBM app with support for iOS 8 and Android version 5.0, dubbed Lollipop. Article

> Nokia Networks reported data rates with up to 300 Mbps speeds on Sonera's live LTE network in Helsinki. Release

> Nokia HERE will power Baidu's non-Chinese maps. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Devicescape is offering an additional security layer to its virtual Wi-Fi network. Article

> The French startup Sigfox, which announced plans in May to launch a network dedicated to Internet of Things (IoT) applications, is making good on its promise, going live in 10 UK cities using infrastructure from network site host Arqiva. Article

Telecom News

> Juniper is set to start yet another new chapter as the vendor is working with hedge fund Elliot Management on how to add new directors to its board, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people close to the talks. Article

> Birch Communications is looking to make a bigger splash in the Detroit area by opening a new sales branch office in Livonia, Mich., and expanding its sales force. Article

Cable News

> Having assisted in the launch of DirecTV's 4K service, as well as a soon-to-launch Ultra HD product for a "major cable operator," venerable media services company Deluxe has officially unfurled a range of 4K offerings for pay-TV clients. Article

> The unprecedented, ruthless attack on Sony Pictures' IT network has exposed top film executives making disparaging remarks about movie stars, producers and even the President of the United States. Article

European Wireless News

> Telefónica Deutschland intends to put itself on an equal footing with Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Germany by offering the same network quality as its rivals no later than 2017. Article

> Vietnam's Viettel Global plans to invest $800 million (€644 million) in building telecoms infrastructure in Myanmar and has confirmed that state-backed Internet service provider Yatanarpon Teleport will be its local partner in the project. Article

And finally… Sony Pictures Entertainment is asking the media not to report on the hacking of its corporate servers. Article

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