BlackBerry buys secure messaging firm AtHoc; T-Mobile, MetroPCS to launch Kyocera Hydro Wave

More wireless news from across the Web:

> BlackBerry is buying secure messaging firm AtHoc. Release

> Chinese equipment maker Huawei sold 48.2 million smartphones in the first half of the year, which was a 39 percent increase over 2014. The company also said that its mid- to high-end smartphone sales increased 70 percent. Article

> Images of the third-generation Moto G, which Motorola will likely announce July 28, leaked online. Engadget article

> Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation intended to secure connected cars from hacking and protect drivers' privacy. Release

> Google has acquired mobile app prototyping startup Pixate. TechCrunch article

> T-Mobile US and MetroPCS are set to launch the Kyocera Hydro Wave, the latest in Kyocera's portfolio of durable, waterproof devices. Release

> AT&T is going to launch the new ZenFone 2E from Asus. Release 

Installer News

> Verizon Wireless, Sprint and AT&T Mobility are working with Seattle City Light, the city's public utility company, to install small cells, according to an official at the utility company. Article

> Nokia debuted its Flexi Radio Antenna System, a dual-band radio system that seeks to streamline the base station by combining the antenna and radios into a single enclosure. Article

Online Video News

> Search engine website and online video provider Yahoo landed on "the high end" of guidance for revenues in the second quarter, posting GAAP revenue of $1.24 billion, a 15 percent increase and the "most substantial" growth in nearly a decade. But the cost of those revenues jumped significantly, from $44 million a year previously to $200 million in the quarter. Article

> Despite a flurry of new streaming video choices, the number of U.S. and Canadian consumers who identify themselves as regular users of over-the-top content actually declined 2 percent over the last year, according to Arris' latest Consumer Entertainment Index report. Article

European Wireless News

> Vodafone restructured its European management in a move that abolishes the post of CEO for the region and will enable the heads of its four largest markets to report directly to group CEO Vittorio Cola. Article

> Deutsche Telekom is introducing its magenta branding colour and famous "T" logo to the Albanian market as part of the group's strategy to bring its European affiliates and subsidiaries under the Telekom brand. Article

Cable News

> FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recommended that the five-member agency approve AT&T's $49 billion purchase of DirecTV, clearing the penultimate regulatory hurdle for the deal, first proposed in May 2014, to finally be approved. Article

> Speaking to a Congressional subcommittee panel, media and telecommunications industry analyst Craig Moffett said federal regulators should look at controlling "soaring" program costs in order to spur investment in broadband. Article

Telecom News

> Global Capacity has lit a new metro fiber ring in the Washington, D.C., area, a build that will expand the availability of its One Marketplace network over more of its own network facilities in key U.S. Internet markets. Article

> Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo said that the telco expects that, due to the changes they want to make in order to control costs, the negotiation process with union workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) will take time to complete. Article

And finally… If you've opted in to Google's location services, Google knows where you are all the time. And now it's letting you see for yourself. Article

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