AT&T joins AllSeen Alliance for Internet of Things; Alcatel-Lucent broadens NFV portfolio

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> The AllSeen Alliance added AT&T Digital Life, iControl and others as new members of the Internet of Things coalition. Release

> China is formally accusing Qualcomm and InterDigital of anti-competitive practices. Article

> Alcatel-Lucent broadened its network functions virtualization portfolio in mobile. Release

> AT&T said the U.S. government sought access to the content of more than 35,000 user accounts in the first six months of 2013 under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Article

> Brightstar will buy the Commerce & Services Division Of SoftBank. Release

> HTC's Desire 8 mid-range smartphone will likely be announced next week at Mobile World Congress. Article

> LG Electronics unveiled the high-end G2 Mini smartphone. Article

> Microsoft launched OneDrive, a renamed and updated version of its SkyDrive cloud storage service. Article

> Typo Products, which is backed by Ryan Seacrest, told a U.S. judge BlackBerry's patent claims against it are invalid. Article

> Apple has reportedly patented headphones that can track fitness and health data. Article

> Microsoft's new Bing apps for Windows Phone indicate increasing platform unity from the software giant. Article

> Is this the new keyboard on Windows Phone 8.1? Article

> Ericsson is betting on 3G growth in Africa. Article

> Why Can't Amazon and Apple catch a break from advertisers? Article

> Snapchat nabbed Peter Magnusson, a former engineering director at Google. Article

> Everything we know so far about the iPhone 6. Article

European Wireless News

> Vodafone took a further step forward in its LTE strategy by announcing it has reached 500,000 LTE subscribers in the UK, and is also extending LTE roaming services to more of its markets across the globe under its £7 billion (€8.5 billion) Project Spring investment program. Article

> As expected, Telefónica's German unit looks set to encounter objections from European Union regulators over its €8.55 billion ($11.76 billion) plan to buy and merge with KPN's E-Plus, and so create a formidable rival to Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Germany. Article

> Telecom Italia CEO Marco Patuano continued to stress that its Brazilian unit is an important asset for the company and said there are no discussions over selling the business. Article

> Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) is gearing up to demonstrate new approaches to Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets) planning and Wi-Fi steering at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T and Ciena, one of the telco's key optical networking vendor partners, are deploying a managed network monitoring service for energy vendor Itron. Article

> TeliaSonera has completed a field trial of Huawei's G.fast technology, one that enables service providers to theoretically deliver up to 1 Gbps over existing copper loops. Article

And finally... Google tells Glass early adopters not to be "Glassholes." Article

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