FCC OKs Verizon's purchase of Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless; TracFone execs argue against Lifeline fine

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> The new Bluetooth 4.1 standard is targeted at the Internet of Things movement. Release

> Huawei announced its new 4G LTE-enabled "Automotive Module," the ME909T. Release

> Microsoft is working to prevent the U.S. government from spying into its services. Article

> Brightstar acquired 20:20 Mobile to expand its reach in Europe. Release

> Carl Icahn is working to push Apple to release some of its cash to investors. Article

> The European Commission approved Microsoft's plan to acquire Nokia's device business. Article

> Top executives at TracFone Wireless met with FCC officials to argue against the agency's Lifeline fines against the company. FCC filing

> J.P. Morgan analysts downgraded their opinion of AT&T on worries that the company's wireless business will continue to face increased competition next year. Article

> The FCC approved Verizon's plans to purchase Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless. Release

Wireless Tech News

> The Small Cell Forum rolled out a new release designed to make it easier for mobile operators to deploy small cells within businesses. Article

> Time Warner Cable's TV channel shift is drawing interference from Verizon LTE smartphones. Article

> Qualcomm's push to use LTE in unlicensed bands could slow carriers' momentum on Wi-Fi. Editor's Corner

Telecom News

> AT&T is giving multinational corporations (MNCs), particularly those that are looking to establish a greater presence in India, another reason to consider it a global provider by establishing a new interconnection agreement with Bharti Airtel. Article

> Tw telecom joined other CLECs in a battle against AT&T's special access proposal. Article

Cable News

> Time Warner Cable said that former Insight Communications President Dinni Jain will succeed Rob Marcus as TWC's chief operating officer on Jan. 13. Article

> The Tennis Channel said that it asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a court ruling in May which allowed Comcast to carry the network on a premium sports tier. Article

European Wireless News

> If you are a 3 UK customer and have recently bought an LTE device such as an iPhone 5s, you may find yourself unexpectedly able to access LTE networks, depending on where you live. Article

> Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent are expected to benefit from China's issuance of TD-LTE licenses. Article

> Europe's leading telecoms executives have been falling over themselves to call for more industry consolidation to counter falling prices in the market, and the CEO of Danish operator TDC, Carsten Dilling, is the latest to wade into the debate. Article

And finally… President Obama isn't allowed to have an iPhone. Article