Former Verizon exec to lead Sprint's Chicago efforts; T-Mobile pegged to pass AT&T, Verizon in Q1

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> A former Verizon Wireless president, Tracy Elizabeth Nolan, is joining Sprint as president of the carrier's Illinois and Wisconsin markets, and will be in charge of overseeing Sprint's operations in Chicago. Release

> Google issued a new Android Wear update that adds Wi-Fi support and other features. Article

> Money in the Google Wallet is now FDIC insured. Article

> Intel Security is collaborating with Ericsson to offer managed security products to telecom operators. Release

> According to new estimates, Apple has sold 3 million Apple Watches, netting $2 billion in revenue. Article

> AT&T is now selling the ZTE Spro 2 smart projector for $399 with a contract. Article

> Microsoft announced touch-friendly Office apps for Windows phones. Article

> Facebook's WhatsApp now counts 800 million users. Article

> According to new analyst predictions, T-Mobile US will surpass AT&T and Verizon Wireless in new customer acquisitions in the first quarter. Article

> Norway is on schedule to discontinue FM radio. Article

Wireless Tech News

> A U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recommending that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) develop a more comprehensive approach to address cybersecurity as it transitions to its NextGen air traffic control (ATC) system sparked a flurry of reports about how in-flight Wi-Fi could be used by terrorists or other hackers to take control of an aircraft's avionic systems. Article

> ARM Holdings acquired two small companies focused on power-efficient Bluetooth technologies, Wicentric and Sunrise Micro Devices, as part of a broader effort to push into the Internet of Things (IoT) market. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T is taking a proactive step to get ahead of Comcast's 2 Gbps broadband plans by launching its 1 Gbps GigaPower fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service in the Chicago suburbs. Article

> Birch Communications continues to make progress with its aggressive fiber buildout strategy, extending its facilities into an additional 46 buildings in four major U.S. markets. Article

Cable News

> Top executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable are scheduled to meet with officials for the United States Justice Department Wednesday, with the two sides having their first one-on-one discussions since the $45.2 billion merger of the two cable companies was originally proposed in February 2014. Article

European Wireless News

> Ericsson added a security element to its managed services offering, forging a deal with Intel Security it said will enable operators to mitigate future security risks for consumers and enterprises. Article

> Vodafone Uganda appointed Allan Richardson as its new CEO just two months after launching 4G services in the cities of Kampala and Entebbe. Article

And finally… @keithdyer: "Juha Sipilä, next PM of Finland, made his money in RF filters and base station components." Article