C Spire outs $65 unlimited plan; Google prepping Android TV

Quick news from around the Web.

> Telecom Italia's CEO traveled to the United States to seek business advice from AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. Article

> According to a new report, Google is planning a new Android TV. Article

> Sprint's Boost Mobile said that, for a limited time, customers of its Boost Mobile Wallet can send money for $0 fees and have free check loads (with instant access to the approved funds). Page

> Research firms Informa Telecoms & Media is planning to merge with Ovum. Release

> C Spire Wireless released its new unlimited $65 plan. Tweet

> The head of Cisco's small cell business, Partho Mishra, has left the company. Article

> C Spire will offer the Samsung Galaxy S5 in May. Article

> Nokia introduced a pocket magnifier for the visually impaired. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Mobile video may be the king of data hogs, but Signals Research Group contends that other types of data traffic--such as update pings generated by Facebook and other "chatty" applications that constantly query the network for updates--are actually consuming a disproportionate amount of network resources. Article

> Verizon Wireless has certified u-blox's TOBY-L100 module for use on its LTE network. Article

Telecom News

> TDS Telecom is going to deliver broadband service to more of its rural customer base through three ongoing projects in Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. Set to be completed this spring, these buildouts will enable a combined 2,750 more households to gain access to high-speed Internet service. Article

> Bernard Daines, one of the early commercial Ethernet pioneers, passed away last Thursday morning after a long illness, reports The Spokesman-Review. Article

Cable News

> Imagine Communications, less than a month old as a standalone company, continues to grow and define its new focus for broadcasters competing with online video and pay-TV providers in the growing IP video space by acquiring IP- and file-based media processing solutions provider Digital Rapids. Article

> Yahoo is planning to get into high-end video programming and Google is again revamping the way it approaches the TV space with Android TV, according to a pair of published reports. Article

European Wireless News

> Vivendi ended speculation over the future of its French telecoms business SFR, announcing over the weekend that it will sell the unit to cable and telecoms company Altice and its French cable unit Numericable for a total value of $23 billion. Article

> The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman has branded calls for a domestic European communications network "draconian", and said the proposal could breach global trade agreements and laws. Article

> Vodafone has done well for its shareholders following the sale of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion (€94.6 billion) reports financial newspaper Barron's, and is now a good play for U.S. investors seeking exposure to European telecoms. Article

And finally… Kevin Rose, Digg founder and Google Ventures partner, reported protesters at his home. Article

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