BlackBerry adds new execs; Pebble launches smart watch app store

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@FierceWireless: Google Glass Getting A Face Recognition App This Month, But It Won't Get Google's Blessing. Article via @techcrunch[email protected]

> BlackBerry announced James Mackey is its new executive vice president for corporate development and strategic planning, and Mark Wilson is the company's new senior vice president of marketing. Release

> A top Canadian official said the country is now open to more foreign ownership of its industries. Article. Canada is also moving toward capping domestic wireless roaming fees. Article

> Qualcomm said it increased  Steve Mollenkopf's salary to $1.1 million. Article

> Pebble said it will launch an app store for its smart watch. Article

> Intel will sponsor a Spanish soccer team. Article

> Tim Krause is set to become Alcatel-Lucent's new chief marketing officer. Article

> Demand for Microsoft's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 computers is outstripping supply. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Gowex, in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corp., yesterday officially launched We2, which the company first announced in late October. Article

> A Nokia Solutions and Networks executive has been named to lead the new 5G PPP Association. Article

> The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board approved spectrum-lease agreements with two more public-safety entities, allowing them to restart their LTE network deployments, which had seen their grant funding suspended following the creation of FirstNet. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T, China Telecom and Deutsche Telekom are each growing their respective IPTV businesses and taking share from cable. Article

> Verizon is once again fighting to maintain network uptime, this time in in Wise County, Va., as a recent spate of copper thefts left hundreds of customers without service. Article

> Frontier's AT&T deal in Connecticut could spur its U-verse and Northeast expansion. Editor's Corner

Cable News

> Clearing a path for the launch of a network-based DVR service, Time Warner Cable said Thursday that it launched a new cloud-based interactive program guide. Article

> Netflix  (Nasdaq: NFLX) is producing the second season of "House of Cards," the original drama series starring Kevin Spacey, in 4K Ultra HD format, Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt said in a story published by Stuff magazine on Wednesday. Article

European Wireless News

> LTE is a present for Christmas, and beyond. Editor's Corner

> The European Commission has kicked off a public-private partnership that will see the European Union invest around €700 million ($963 million) in "5G" research as part of a new €6.2 billion ($8.53) EU research program called "Horizon 2020," matched by equal levels of investment from the private sector. Article

> The current management of Telecom Italia is expected to learn its fate on Friday at a shareholder meeting called by minority shareholder Marco Fossati to vote on his proposal to remove the current board and appoint a new one. Article

And finally… A TV show about Twitter? Article

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