Facebook is developing virtual reality apps; AT&T to offer $99 iPad mini to iPhone customers

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> Google's Project Ara now has a camera module. Article

> Snapchat could be valued at up to $19 billion. Article

> Apple scored a patent for a head-mounted virtual reality display. Article

> Facebook is developing virtual reality apps. Article

> AT&T Mobility is offering a $99 iPad mini to customers who upgrade to a new iPhone. Post

> Apple met with Mexican regulators about its forthcoming Apple Watch, an indication of the company's international plans for the smart watch. Article

> Microsoft is removing its "Rooms" feature from its Windows Phone devices. Article

> Qualcomm announced its new Snapdragon 620 and Snapdragon 618 processors, which the company said adds high-end technology to mid-range chipsets. Release

Online Video News

> The New York Times, MiTu and other companies are beginning to have one thing in common: They're investing in or have already built their own online video platforms, eschewing third parties so they can better control the video experience. Article

> Could Comcast own the online video experience? If the merger between the cable giant and Time Warner Cable goes through, a majority of American consumers could find themselves locked into OTT options controlled by the new mega-Comcast, a recent op-ed in technology publication Backchannel suggests, squeezing out OTT competitors. Article

Telecom News

> If you're trying to find the next source of pay-TV market growth, look no further than IPTV, one that ABI Research says will grow 14 percent. Article

> Cisco and SK Telecom are the latest companies to take part in the Open Networking Lab's initiative to develop an open operating system for service providers employing software-defined networking (SDN). Article

Cable News

> Falling at around 4 percent a year since 2012, viewership of traditional TV by adults 18-34 suddenly slipped much faster in the fourth quarter, accelerating its decline to 10.6 percent, according to Nielsen. Article

European Wireless News

> Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (BTC), which trades under the Vivacom brand, said it will appeal a fine issued by the country's Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) related to the way the operator sells bundled services. Article

> LTE, or 4G, networks are expected to cover more than a third of the global population by the end of this year, as deployments continue to accelerate across the world. Article

And finally… BlackBerry continues to fight against a startup funded by Ryan Seacrest. Article


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