AT&T reportedly nears $50B deal for DirecTV; BlackBerry opens BB 10 phones to other MDM providers

Quick news from around the Web.

> LG Electronics said it will begin sales of its wearable devices, the LG Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones, this month. Release

> TracFone's Straight Talk service, available through Walmart, announced it will now offer 3 GB of high-speed data, up from 2.5 GB previously. Release

> AT&T is reportedly in advanced talks to buy DirecTV in a deal worth $50 billion. Article

>  AT&T reported a total of 2 Terabytes of traffic during the Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs. Article

> Verizon is selling Nokia's Treasure Tag, which alerts users if they stray from their belongings. Article

> Fitch upgraded Nokia's credit rating. Article

> BlackBerry announced that other mobile device management companies can now put BlackBerry 10 devices into their systems, which is further evidence of BlackBerry opening up its ecosystem. Article

Mobile Developer News

> Google's Silver should set the gold standard for Android. Editor's Corner

> There might be an industry perception that mobile gaming is a male-dominated field, but the audience is increasingly female, with 87 percent of women opting for free-to-play (F2P) gaming versus 77 percent of men. Article

Telecom News

> CenturyLink is providing its business customers another layer of protection against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks by adding a mitigation appliance for its DDoS Mitigation Service. Article

> Alcatel-Lucent continues to find success in its traditional copper access business, announcing that it has shipped 5 million vectored VDSL2 lines. Article

Cable News

> Comcast Corp. and Turner Broadcasting System have cut a deal that will give Comcast customers on demand access to full seasons of several Turner TV shows including TNT's The Last Ship, a Michael Bay drama. Article

And finally… The guitarist from Aerosmith, the actor who plays the Hulk and director Oliver Stone are among those who oppose the FCC's new net neutrality proposal. Article

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