FCC seeks to improve 911 location data; Verizon to close $130B transaction with Vodafone

Quick news from around the Web.

> The massive $16 billion that Facebook is spending on WhatsApp doesn't necessarily indicate that kind of value for BlackBerry's BBM service. Article

> Marvell reported increases in its smartphone business. Article

> Sprint's new Netgear LTE Gateway 6100D router will support the carrier's Spark tri-mode LTE service. Release

> Nvidia said it added LTE connections to its Tegra Note 7 via its new i500 LTE modem. Post

> Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim increased his stake in América Móvil. Article

> Juniper Networks will return $3 billion to shareholders. Article

> Verizon Communications today will close its acquisition of Vodafone's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless. Article

> A new app from Google would automatically log users into select Wi-Fi hotspots. Article

> Jolla, the Finnish smartphone maker, announced its Sailfish OS is now at version 1.0 and is now ready for global distribution. Release

> The Verge posted a look at Microsoft's answer to Apple Siri, dubbed Cortana. Article

Telecom News

> tw telecom ratcheted another point in its public sector column by winning a contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide a new Wide Area Network (WAN – Cloud B) that will interconnect three HHS Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) site locations. Article

Cable News

> Charter Communications lost 2,000 basic video subscribers in the fourth quarter, while gaining 93,000 broadband and 56,000 voice customers. Article

> Dish Network added 8,000 net video subscribers in the fourth quarter, with growth slowing compared to the 14,000 it picked up in Q4 2012 and the 22,000 net video subs it posted in the same period in 2011. Article

European Wireless News

> New reports suggest Orange is interested in bolstering its position in Spain by buying Jazztel, while Vodafone is said to be weighing an increase in its stake in Greek broadband provider Hellas Online. Article

And finally… Steve Jobs will appear on new U.S. stamps in 2015. Article

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