Google reportedly preparing voice command upgrade to Android; Angry Birds maker profit tumbles

Quick news from around the Web.

> Following Amazon's acquisition of the company, Comixology is removing the in-app purchase function in its iOS app. Article

> Nokia's mapping business might be the company's hidden jewel. Article

> Google is reportedly planning to enhance Android's voice controls. Article

> Angry Birds maker Rovio's annual profit fell 52 percent. Article

> Samsung said a small number of its Galaxy S5 smartphones are affected by non-working cameras. Article

> The only place U.S. customers can buy Sony's new Xperia Z2 will be the company's online store. Article

> BlackBerry is now taking pre-orders for a cheaper smartphone built by Foxconn. Article

> According to newly released documents, Verizon attempted to block the NSA's data-collection program, but failed. Article

> Google has removed Bitcoin mining apps from its app store. Article

> Nike's CEO said the company remains committed to digital products, but is focusing on software. Article

Wireless Tech News

> NSN's new Silicon Valley contest is seeking big data and telco cloud innovations. Article

> Moscow startup Yaliny is hoping to raise $1 million on Indiegogo so it can jump start its plan to create a satellite-based phone and Internet service that offers unlimited on-network service, Internet access and incoming calls for only $10 per month. Article

> Qualcomm's  Zeroth neuromorphic chip program is focused on signing up researchers this year to test its technology as the company eyes the commercial introduction of brain-mimicking chips as soon as 2015. Article

Telecom News

> Frontier Communications and the local West Virginia Communications Workers of America (CWA) have reached an agreement to extend their existing contract until 11:59 p.m., May 31, following nearly a year of negotiations. Article

> Verizon reached a settlement with New Jersey regulators over whether it fulfilled a commitment it made in 1993 to deliver up to 45 Mbps broadband service throughout the state by 2010, reports NorthJersey.com. Article

Cable News

> Even with the growing plethora of devices and screens available to them today, viewers prefer using the television to view streamed video, a Horowitz Associates study maintains. Article

> Comcast and Charter Communications have made official what's been reported for weeks. As part of Comcast's attempt to acquire Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion, it's divesting subscribers, consolidating regional operating areas and creating a new publicly traded company, SpinCo, in cooperation with Charter. Article

European Wireless News

> Mere hours after being recommended by a money-saving expert from the Mail on Sunday, ad-funded mobile virtual network operator Samba Mobile announced that it is closing down due to the high cost of data. Article

> UK mobile operator EE said its LTE customer base reached 2.9 million in the first quarter of 2014, keeping the company on track to exceed 6 million LTE users by the end of this year. Article

And finally… Apple said it will replace faulty iPhone 5 buttons. Article

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