EFF could take action against Verizon's tracking; Apple's battle with GT Advanced could see the light

Quick news from around the Web.

> Carrier IQ has agreed in principle to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleges its software in mobile phones violated consumers' privacy. Article

>  The Electronic Frontier Foundation said it might take legal action against Verizon Wireless for what it believes is unauthorized tracking of its wireless customers. Article

> A federal judge has ordered documents unsealed in Apple's legal battle with sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies. Article

> The forthcoming Apple Watch could cost as much as $5,000 for the gold variant. Article

> Mobile payments service Softcard is now available on Windows Phone devices. Article

Online Video News

> While it's about time the FCC finally recognized that regulations for facilities-based MVPDs are "anachronistic," the commission is completely clueless about what broadband video really is, and what it means for media and entertainment's future. Article

> The differences between cord cutters and cord nevers is so pronounced that "any company targeting these consumers must think in terms of two distinct packaging and pricing strategies," an online video research firm says. Article

> Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen says his company still plans to launch its pared-down OTT-based pay-TV service by the end of the year. Article

Telecom News

> Google Fiber has equipped a Kansas City Starbucks coffee shop, located at the corner of 41st and Main Street, with a direct fiber connection to provide patrons with in-store Wi-Fi Internet access. Article

> Windstream is not opposed to AT&T or any traditional telco's migration from TDM to IP-based services, but it is calling for regulators to ensure that it and other competitors can get last-mile circuits for equivalent prices. Article

Cable News

> Former Fox Broadcasting chairman and top NBC executive Kevin Reilly will take over as president of Turner's flagship channels, TNT and TBS. Article

> shomi, the new SVOD service being jointly launched by Canadian pay-TV operators Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications, has launched. Article

European Wireless News

> Xavier Niel, the founder of France's Iliad and Free, dashed French consolidation hopes by saying he was not interested in buying domestic rival Bouygues Telecom. Article

> Nokia Networks announced that it has been selected by Airtel-Vodafone as the sole supplier for its LTE network in the Channel Islands, with services scheduled to be launched in the first half of 2015. Article

And finally… After Christian Bale reportedly dropped out of the spot, Michael Fassbender is now in talks to play Apple founder Steve Jobs in a movie about the executive. Article

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