BlackBerry closes deal for crisis messaging firm AtHoc; Instagram passes 400M users

More wireless news from across the Web:

> BlackBerry said it has completed its acquisition of AtHoc, which provides secure, networked crisis communications solutions. Post

> Instagram now has more than 400 million users. Reuters article

> Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. posted revenue guidance below analysts' estimates. Bloomberg article

> Ericsson and the Earth Institute at Columbia University presented key findings from a new research report, "ICT and the Sustainable Development Goals." Release

> Facebook is ramping up its efforts for its Instant Articles by expanding the number of users who can see them and the number of publishers that can create them. Re/code article

> Facebook is working on a new ad-type called "Click to message" ads. Businesses would design ads about their company or product, and then Facebook would place a little "Message" button at the bottom. Business Insider article

> Invention start-up company Quirky Inc, backed by a string of venture capital funds, has filed for Chapter 11 relief and put its smart home platform Wink up for sale. Reuters article

Installer News

> The relationship between home automation contractors and custom AV system integrators with pay-TV installers has often been challenging. Frank DeFilippes, a former custom installer hired in December to head channel programs for Dish Network, wants to change that. During his 10 years as a designer for home automation specialist Link Your House, DeFilippes described the entire pay-TV sector as an "albatross sub system of all the sub systems we'd deal with for our clients." Article

> Google Fiber would like to get ahead of potential issues with its "Google Fiber Academy," a new training center designed to improve Google Fiber installation and support by Google Fiber employees and third-party vendors. Article

Online Video News

> Fixed-line content distributors such as Comcast and new mobile-first distributors like Verizon's Go90 service all have the potential to be hugely popular OTT services, but only if they can figure out how to turn a profit on the data traffic around that service, a new report from Macquarie Research reveals. And even though Verizon is taking a bold step into a new business model with Go90, and Dish Network has an early-to-market product with Sling TV, both are at risk as new OTT competitors enter the market. Article

> In the wake of Amazon's announcement that its next version of Fire TV will be 4K-capable, rumors have kicked up that Roku will announce its own 4K device in the very near future. Article

European Wireless News

> Sunrise, the Swiss-based fixed and mobile operator that competes with market leader Swisscom, said it will reduce its headcount by up to 175 people as part of "ongoing efficiency measures" to cut costs and improve its focus on customers. Article

> Music-streaming service Deezer has signalled its intention to list its shares on the Paris Euronext exchange after filing an IPO registration document with the French financial market authority on Sept. 21. Article

Cable News

> The percentage of U.S. homes capable of streaming 4K video is increasing, but at a very slow rate. In its second quarter State of the Internet report, cloud services provider Akamai said that 21 percent of U.S. homes have Internet speeds of 15 Mbps or higher, a threshold that's considered the minimum necessary to effectively stream 4K video. Article

> The FCC has requested information from Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable pertaining to how the two companies, which are engaged in a $56.7 billion merger proposal, will deal with online video competition. Article

Telecom News

> CenturyLink is tuning into the growing mobile nature of its business customers with its Business Communicator app, allowing customers to connect their VoIP users to their unified communications (UC) services from computers and devices. Article

And finally…  More people have died from taking selfies than from shark attacks this year. Article

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