Google reportedly to ditch Nexus phones; Sprint's Boost announces ZTE-made Max phablet for $299

Quick news from around the Web.

> The U.S. government plans to allow Internet companies to give customers more clarity about how it collects data. Article

> Google will reportedly discontinue its Nexus program. Article

> Akamai said the average connection speeds on surveyed mobile network operators during the third quarter of 2013 ranged from a high of 9.5 Mbps to a low of 0.6 Mbps, while average peak connection speeds ranged from 49.8 Mbps to 2.4 Mbps. Release

> Sprint's Boost Mobile will sell the Max phablet smartphone, with a 5.7-inch screen, for $299. Article

> BlackBerry upgraded its lock screen and group messaging functions with an update to its BB10 platform. Article

> An FCC commissioner said a court's ruling against the agency's net neutrality rules won't affect the marketplace. Article

> Apple said it has received less than 250 National Security Orders in the first half of 2013. Article

Mobile Developer News

> NativeX, AppsFire and Twitter's MoPub are all promising to end the era of banner ads and interstitials with native ads, but developers need to identify the right moments in a session. Article

> Why Gartner's 0.01 percent prediction about mobile app revenue needs explaining. Editor's Corner

Telecom News

> TDS' OneNeck will double its Eden Prairie, Minn., data center with a $12 million expansion. Article

> FirstLight Fiber is giving its business customers another route between the United States and Canada, announcing a new relationship with Fibrenoire to provide fiber-based Ethernet services in Quebec and Ontario. Article

Cable News

> Comcast added video subscribers for first time in more than six years. Article

> Comcast is approaching the milestone of 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots that its Xfinity customers can access. Article

> The U.S. is hardly the only place where cable consolidation efforts--spurred at least in part by industry icon John Malone--are happening. In Europe, Malone's Liberty Global is in a battle with Vodafone Group to build continent-dominating pay TV empires. Article

And finally… An insurer said it will cover Google Glass. Article

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