AT&T's Cricket offers unlimited calling, texting to Canada; Apple Watch now counts 3,000 apps

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> AT&T's Cricket announced unlimited calling and texting to Canada on plans $50 per month and above. Release

> Acer said it will join the U.S. smartphone market in June with its $79 Liquid M220 Windows smartphone. Article

> Microsoft sold 8.6 million Lumia devices in its most recent quarter, which the company said is an 18 percent increase over the same quarter a year ago. However, the company's Windows Phone revenue dropped by 16 percent. Article

> Developers have created over 3,000 apps for the new Apple Watch. Article

> A Nokia executive has reportedly confirmed the company's plans to return to the smartphone market. Article

> A group of former Sony executives are reportedly taking aim at the company's current CEO as ineffectual. Article

> Samsung Electronics is reportedly working to increase production of the Galaxy S6 Edge due to rising demand. Article

> Samsung hinted that it is developing a new smart watch. Article

> A new app will alert drivers when a traffic light is going to turn green. Article

Telecom News

> Verizon and Level 3 have agreed to make nice. The two potentially contentious telecom players have entered into a long-term bilateral interconnection agreement to ensure "that customers on the two networks can continue to exchange data in an effective and efficient matter," said a Verizon blog post by Libby Jacobson, director of digital communications. Article

> AT&T has completed the third largest corporate bond sale--$17.5 billion--to help pay for its DirecTV acquisition. Article

Cable News

> Cablevision has introduced a new broadband offering specifically targeted to "cord cutters and cord nevers," packaging its Optimum broadband service with a Mohu Leaf digital TV antenna. Article

European Wireless News

> Turk Telekom confirmed this week that it has submitted a non-binding offer for the 10 per cent of mobile operator Avea that it does not already own. Article

> Apple remained tight-lipped when asked for its reaction to an announcement by Israel-based security company Skycure that it had discovered a security breach in the company's iOS 8 platform. Article

> According to WiseHarbor founder and analyst Keith Mallinson, the proposed merger between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will be the last of the network equipment mega-mergers. Industry Voices

And finally… Despite an offer from Sony for $5 million, the creators behind the next James Bond film were concerned about using a Sony phone in the upcoming film because Sony isn't the "best" phone maker. Article

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