Facebook reportedly developing app to remain anonymous; Google adding MMS to Google Voice

Quick news from around the Web.

> Facebook is reportedly developing an app that would allow users to remain anonymous. Article

> According to comScore, Apple continue to lead the U.S. smartphone market--before the release of its new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Article

> Google is adding MMS support to Google Voice for Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and others. Article

> Apple has sent out invitations for a media event Oct. 16 for its Macs and iPads. Article

> According to a new survey from the AAA Foundation on traffic safety, Apple's Siri is reportedly one of the most distracting activities surveyed. Article

> Verizon Wireless will sell the HTC Desire 612 for free with a two-year contract starting tomorrow. Article

> Ofcom in the UK has fined operator Three for failing to adequately handle customer complaints. Article

> Samsung is seeking arbitration in Hong Kong in its ongoing patent royalty dispute with Microsoft. Article

> Samsung announced its new Galaxy Tab Active tablet for business users. Release

> According to ABI Research, location-based advertising is one of the fastest growing applications for data analytics in the enterprise market, and will total $4.6 billion in revenue in 2019. Release

Online Video News

> Advertising agency Omnicom, which reps large clients like McDonald's and PepsiCo, is embracing OTT and advising its clients to shift up to 25 percent of their TV advertising budgets to online video. Article

> This week was a busy one for original content at the Big Two, with Amazon greenlighting two pilots for full seasons from its third slate of candidates, and Netflix leaping into landmark original movie deals with comedian Adam Sandler and The Weinstein Company. Article

Telecom News

> The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is retooling its top leadership by naming Scott F. Belcher to the newly created CEO position. Article

> The U.S. Supreme Court has effectively ended Verizon's fight with the IRS to avoid paying $51 million in taxes for an obsolete service connected to dial-up modems. Article

Cable News

> Dish Network has signed a multiyear extension to continue letting Frontier Communications bundle its satellite video services with Frontier's bundled broadband and voice packages. Article

> While laying down fiber-optic cable is not cheap, Google Fiber chief Milo Medin says the "single biggest impediment" to wider deployment of his company's popular broadband service is TV program licensing costs. Article

> With the pay-TV industry starting to digest the news that Disney and Turner will triple the licensing fees they pay the NBA to around $24 billion over nine years, industry analysts and operators are asking the inevitable question: how are these massive programming costs going to get paid for? Article

European Wireless News

> It's a frequently occurring rumor, but a new report suggests that Swisscom is in discussions on a possible deal for its Italian unit, Fastweb, with Vodafone regarded as a likely candidate to buy the broadband provider. Article

> EE has launched a new home TV service as part of efforts by the UK operator to encourage further take-up of its home broadband service, as the battle for fixed and mobile subscribers focuses increasingly on the home. Article

> Operators are focusing in on quad-play services. Editor's Corner

And finally… The Pronto needs just 5 minutes to obtain enough juice to recharge an iPhone 5. Article

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