Crown Castle raises 2014 guidance; Ericsson breaks Networks unit into Radio and Cloud & IP

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> Angela Ahrendts starts next week as the head of Apple's retail business. Article

> The Competitive Carriers Association voiced support for the FCC's planned incentive auction rules. Release

> A new survey of 911 call centers found that most dispatchers across the country have difficulty locating wireless callers through the location information provided by the carriers, particularly when they are calling from indoor locations. Release

> AT&T said it is marking the first anniversary of its launch of its Digital Life home automation service with the launch of several new markets and new discounts. Release

> A new iPhone case from Vysk Communications purportedly protects against spying. Article

> According to a new survey, 24 percent of people buying HTC's new One smartphone are upgrading from an iPhone. Article

> Google, Microsoft and Facebook committed $3.6 million to protect users against threats like Heartbleed. Article

> After a solid first quarter performance, tower company Crown Castle said it raised its guidance for the full-year 2014. Release

> More than 200 million people use Facebook Messenger, the company said. Article

> Apple has made 24 acquisitions during the past 18 months, and is looking for more. Article

> Ericsson said it will split its Networks unit into two separate divisions, Radio and Cloud & IP. Release

Wireless Tech News

> Telrad is focused on its TD-LTE future, but the company is still seeing WiMAX demand. Editor's Corner

> Several U.S. wireless carriers have either pushed back their commercial launches of Voice over LTE or said they are not rushing to deploy VoLTE. According to a senior Ericsson executive, that's not exactly a surprise. Article

> A technology integrator in Iceland has used Range Networks' open-source OpenBTS software to create a helicopter-based GSM network that can be used to find lost hikers and others in the Icelandic highlands. Article

Telecom News

> Infinera bucked the seasonal first-quarter optical industry decline trend, reporting that its first-quarter 2014 revenues were $142.8 million, up sequentially from $139.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $124.6 million in the first quarter of 2013. Article

> Dimension Data has purchased all of Nexus, an IT network integrator, a move that deepens its presence in the U.S. and broadens its services portfolio for high growth vertical segments like education, retail, hospitality and healthcare. Article

Cable News

> Time Warner Cable put a positive spin on the loss of 34,000 video subscribers in the first quarter, noting the loss was "the least in five years." The MSO had no need to put any spin on the fact that it added 269,000 residential high-speed subscribers in the quarter, the most since the first quarter of 2008. Article

> Online video has become a Wild West shootout with new media company gunslingers battling to sign programmers to long-term deals. The latest winner in the battle--although the war has just begun--is Amazon, which signed an exclusive multiyear online deal with HBO. Article

And finally… President Obama said new Japanese robots are "a little scary." Article

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