Google limits changes to Android 5.0 devices; HP to shut down webOS services

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> The judge overseeing GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy proceeding is questioning whether Apple need secrecy in its filings on the topic. Article

> Google is working to limit the types of changes that Android handset makers can make to its new Android 5.0 software. Article

> HP said it will shut down its webOS cloud services and app store on Jan. 15. Article

> Chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) beat expectations with record net profit in the third quarter. Article

> Intel said it has created "Data Protection Technology for Transactions," which the company said will protect credit card data from hackers. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Mimosa Networks, the Campbell, Calif., startup that wrapped a $20 million funding round in May and released its first product in August, is now ready to deliver on its second product release: devices that will enable ISPs to get wireless broadband signals into consumers' homes. Article

> Japan's DoCoMo announced it has completed proof-of-concept (PoC) trials using the software and equipment of six vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC and Nokia Networks. Article

While standards around what "5G" network technology is are being contemplated, Huawei is thinking ahead to an interim evolution, which it calls "4.5G" and plans to launch commercially in 2016. According to Huawei, such 4.5 G networks will support latency rates of around 10 milliseconds, peak downlink speeds of around 6 Gbps, and the ability to support 100,000 connections within a single square kilometer. Article

> There is a battle brewing over potential interference in the 600 MHz spectrum up for auction next year. Editor's Corner

Online Video News

> A hiccup in new subscribers didn't stop Netflix from bringing in revenues of $1.41 billion in the third quarter of 2014, keeping it in line with forecasts. However, the subscriber news combined with HBO's landmark announcement earlier that it would offer a standalone OTT service sent the subscription video on demand (SVOD) provider's stocks downward 25 percent Wednesday ahead of its earnings report. Article

Telecom News

> G.fast, which promises to wring fiber-like bandwidth from existing copper infrastructure, got another boost when Telekom Austria's domestic subsidiary A1 collaborated with Alcatel-Lucent to deliver speeds exceeding 100 Mbps per household to a residential customer. Article

> Australian operator Telstra's acquisition of channel partner Bridge Point continues a buying spree designed to boost its enterprise IT presence. Article

> Lumos Networks fired up a Pittsburgh-based parallel Network Operating Center (NOC) that will concurrently replicate the functions of the company's NOC in Waynesboro, Va., and connect with the company's Project Ark all-IP network overlay designed to handle fiber-to-the-cell traffic. Article

Cable News

> Commenting on HBO's plan to launch an over-the-top streaming service next year, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said "it's just one more channel." Article

> Google has finally unveiled the first device to support its Android TV platform, the puck-shaped Nexus Player gaming and streaming device. Article

And finally… Batman actor Christian Bale is reportedly in talks to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie. Article

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