AT&T's LTE network almost as big as Verizon's; Nexus 7 on Verizon stalled by 'system issue'

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@FierceWireless: The Nexus 5 isn't pure Android, it's pure Google. Article via @verge | [email protected]

> AT&T Mobility's LTE network is now in almost as many cities as Verizon Wireless' LTE network. Article

> Payment startup Square is reportedly considering an initial public offering. Article

> Microsoft is reportedly making $2 billion per year from Android patent licenses. Article

> The CIA is paying AT&T more than $10 million per year for access to call data. Article

> Kazam, a smartphone company in the United Kingdom formed by former HTC executives, released its first lineup of Android phones. Article

> Verizon Wireless said a "system issue" stalled the certification process of Google's Nexus 7 on Verizon's network, and now the companies are working to upgrade the device to Android version KitKat before sending it into the carrier's certification process again. Article

> Google may be aiming to use ART to replace Dalvik on its Android operating system. Article

> Samsung said it plans to invest more resources into the wearable computing market. Article

> Samsung hopes to surpass Apple in the tablet market with expected shipments of 40 million tablets this year. Article

> Lenovo said it will triple the number of markets in which it sells smartphones. Article

> BlackBerry is hoping to score a $1 billion tax refund. Article

> BlackBerry's outgoing CEO Thorsten Heins said he will be cheering the company on "from the sidelines." Article

> T-Mobile US could be preparing to sell the Nexus 5 starting Nov. 20, according to leaked documents from the company. Article

> Pebble, which has so far sold 190,000 smart watches, said it recently improved its support for Apple's iPhone. Article

> Novatel Wireless reported financial results below analysts' expectations. Article

> Bell in Canada said it joined the Global M2M Association. Article

> M/A-COM Technology announced it acquired Mindspeed Technologies in a deal worth $272 million. Article

Wireless Tech News

> The ins and outs of community Wi-Fi hotspots. Editor's Corner

> DecaWave, a startup from Dublin, Ireland, today unveiled ScenSor, an integrated circuit that uses impulse radio ultra wideband (IR-UWB) for accurate indoor positioning to within 10 centimeters. Article

> HTC and Samsung are each using the SkyOne front-end platform from Skyworks Solutions in new smartphones, giving a nod to the platform's integration of all RF and analog content between the transceiver and antenna. Article

Telecom News

> Windstream reported that its ongoing focus to become the fourth largest enterprise provider is bearing fruit as its business service revenues rose 1 percent year-over-year to $916 million. Article

> CenturyLink reported that despite strong gains in broadband, IPTV and business Ethernet, Q3 2013 operating revenues declined 1 percent year-over-year to $4.52 billion due to ongoing access line losses and lower access results. Article

Cable News

> Frontier Communications isn't seeing broadband rivals such as Time Warner Cable match its discounted broadband Internet promotions, including a $19.99 monthly offer for DSL service, CEO Maggie Wilderotter said Tuesday. Article

> Dish Network said Wednesday that it plans to fold all 300 of its remaining Blockbuster retail stores, and that it will also halt its DVD-by-mail service by early January. Article

European Wireless News

> EE switched on its LTE Advanced network. Article

> Huawei said it will invest at least $600 million (€444 million) in research for so-called "5G" technology over the next four years. Article

> Vivendi said it signed a definitive agreement with Etisalat for the sale of its 53 percent stake in Maroc Telecom for €4.2 billion ($5.68 billion) in cash. Article

And finally… Twitter's shares rose 74 percent during its first day as a public company. Article