AT&T to cut $200 from iPad in tablet promotion; Apple bans two chemicals in iPhone production

Quick news from around the Web.

> AT&T Mobility is juicing tablet sales by offering $200 off an iPad to customers who also purchase a new iPhone and a two-year contract. Article

> Avago Technologies will sell its LSI Axxia Networking Business to Intel for $650 million as Intel looks to strengthen its position in the network infrastructure chipset market. Article

> Apple banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the manufacturing of its iPhones. Article

> Qualcomm is denying allegations it had a financial relationship with the Chinese official overseeing a probe of the firm. Article

> AT&T Mobility ranked highest in J.D. Power's newest customer satisfaction study. Release

> China Mobile said it will reduce its phone subsidy expenses by $2 billion. Article

Wireless Tech News

> According to analyst firm ABI Research, carriers across the world are moving apace toward LTE-Advanced technology. The firm estimated there are currently roughly 60 LTE-Advanced trials, commitments and commercial deployments worldwide, of which 22 commitments were from Western Europe, 16 from Asia-Pacific, and five from North America. Article

> The oneM2M "candidate release of technical specifications," aimed at laying the groundwork for a global M2M service layer, is open for public comment until Nov. 1. Article

Telecom News

> Adtran is finding that the European telecom market's recent spate of mergers and acquisitions could have a beneficial effect on its pursuit of new international revenues, said an executive during its Connect event at its headquarters in Huntsville, Ala. Article

> AT&T's growing GigaPower footprint will be a competitive differentiator because it offers symmetrical upstream and downstream speeds of 1-Gig and can meet the growing amount of upstream traffic, said a top AT&T executive. Article

Cable News

> South Korea's SK Broadband is taking credit for being the first service provider to up-scale full HD video contents into Ultra HD (UHD)--or 4K--images using a proprietary solution that delivers a UHD experience with existing HD videos. Article

> Never one not to fast-follow, Comcast has given the concept of TV binging a run-through on a smaller, more compact stage--'mini-binging' as USA Today put it--in an effort to combat OTT and drive subscribers from DVRs to video on demand. Article

And finally… AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega takes the ALS ice bucket challenge. Video