AT&T loses ruling on case against its unlimited data plans; Microsoft announces Surface 3 with LTE

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> América Móvil plans to propose a spin-off of its Mexican mobile phone operations to shareholders today. Article

> AT&T Mobility lost an effort to have a judge throw out a case against the carrier about how it advertised its unlimited data plans. Article

> LG Electronics is offering its virtual reality headset to its G3 smartphone owners. Article

> Alcatel OneTouch said it is accepting pre-orders for its smart watch. Article

> Apple scored a patent for unlocking phones with facial recognition. Article

> Microsoft is using Intel silicon on its new Surface 3, which also will ship with a version that offers a built-in LTE modem. Article

> China's Xiaomi announced a number of new products for the home, including a smart TV. Article

> AT&T's Cricket is selling a SIM card activation kit on Amazon. Article

Online Video News

> Despite ongoing concerns about the amount of bandwidth that over-the-top video is taking up on wireless networks, the popularity of the medium means that carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile US and Verizon, are making wireless OTT a "key pillar" of their future plans, a Wells Fargo analyst research note says. Article

> Live-streaming giant Twitch, working to stay ahead of new entrants in the live-streaming space, has come up with a way for multitasking gaming fans to keep up with game broadcasts while browsing for other things in Twitch's mobile app. Article

> As number-three MSO Charter Communications announced it was scooping up Bright House in a $10.4 billion transaction, Comcast announced it was spinning off Michael Angelakis, its chief financial officer, into a new investment venture. Could Comcast be looking to dominate the online video space? Editor's Corner

Telecom News

> Mark Dzuban, president of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), has set an ambitious goal with the organization's Energy 2020 initiative: reduce the cable industry's electrical power consumption by at least 25 percent by the year 2020. Article

> Fiber penetration into U.S. buildings has come a long way over the past 10 years, rising from as low as 10.9 percent in 2004 to over 42 percent in 2014, according to Vertical Systems Group's latest figures. Article

Cable News

> The Wall Street community has reacted positively to Charter Communications' decision to pursue a $10.4 billion purchase of Bright House Networks, sending the MSO's stock up 5.3 percent as of the close of the Nasdaq Tuesday. Article

> Charter Communications is increasing its stake in the business services market by purchasing Orlando, Fla.-based Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion, a deal that will help it better compete against business rivals Comcast, Cox and Time Warner Cable. Article

European Wireless News

> Apple left Europe's largest consumer electronics retailer, Dixons Carphone, off its list of UK suppliers for its forthcoming Watch wearable, according to the CEO of the retailer's UK and Ireland operations. Article

> Telenor Denmark and Ericsson said they have deepened their partnership by signing an extended field services contract, which replaces the previous three-year agreement from 2011. Article

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