Cost cuts boost HTC's third-quarter profit; Cincinnati Bell finalizes sale of spectrum licenses to Verizon Wireless

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> Cost cuts helped HTC's third-quarter profit beat estimates despite sluggish sales. Article

> The Car Connectivity Consortium announced that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge are MirrorLink-enabled. Release

> The Open Interconnect Consortium announced the appointment of its board of directors and 27 new member companies for a total of 32 members. Release

> A BlackBerry-sponsored survey found that 67 percent of work/business smartphone end-users are "always looking to improve their productivity." Release

> Anite acquired Xceed Technologies to meet the growing market requirements for data analysis and post-processing and to further expand its network testing product portfolio. Release

> Apple wants music labels to help it slash prices for streaming subscriptions. Article

> Cincinnati Bell finalized the sale of its wireless spectrum licenses to Verizon Wireless. SEC filing

> Tesla Motors selected Orange Business Services to provide wireless connectivity to its fleet of Tesla Model S vehicles in France. Release

> Diego Scotti, most recently head of marketing at J. Crew, will become CMO at Verizon Communications. Article

> The GSA's latest LTE Broadcast (LTE Multicast) market status report confirms that at least 19 mobile network operators worldwide are deploying, trialing or studying the technology. Article

Telecom News

> WOW! Business has put another element into its IP network expansion, announcing that it has deployed Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Router across the Midwest and Southeastern areas it serves. Article

Frontier Communications cleared one of the final hurdles in completing its $2 billion acquisition of AT&T's Connecticut operations, when the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) approved the deal, reports The Hartford Courant. Article

Cable News

> Dish Network is at the center of the national debate on medical marijuana use, with a worker it fired in 2010 filing a complaint that has gone to the Colorado Supreme Court. Article

> Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood revealed that his company took in only $190 million in revenue for 2013. Article

European Wireless News

> Ofcom, the telecoms and broadcasting regulator for the United Kingdom, has started the search for a new chief executive after Ed Richards said he planned to step down at the end of December this year. Article

> Ericsson's research and development division said it has released the only WebRTC browser for iOS, as it revealed it is making the browser open source to boost development. Article

> Orange Poland has launched a new mobile banking service called Orange Finance as a joint venture with local bank mBank, in an effort to provide new services that engage and retain subscribers in the highly competitive Polish market. Article

And finally… Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 video takes a wickedly funny look at the iPhone 6's "Bendgate," highlights the "gluteus maximus" stress test. Video