Google's Motorola to shut Texas factory; Apple's new CFO starts job

Quick news from around the Web.

> Ketchikan Public Utilities in April became the 18th participant in Verizon's rural LTE program when it went live in Ketchikan, Alaska. Post

> Sprint MVNO Ecomobile has removed its unlmited data plan, and has tweaked some of its pricing. Article

> Luca Maestri has taken over from Peter Oppenheimer as Apple's CFO. Article

> Samsung is reportedly working with Oculus for virtual reality headsets for Samsung Galaxy smartphones. Article

> Verizon Wireless finalized its purchase of Golden State Cellular. Article

> Google's Motorola will close its factory in Texas. Article

> NQ Mobile increased its revenue forecast. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Google has its Project Loon balloons as well as drones via its acquisition of Titan Aerospace. Now it appears the Internet giant will soon add satellites to its bag of wireless broadband tricks. Article

> Researchers at Huawei's campus in Shenzhen, China, claim their lab trials achieved 10 Gbps data speed using Wi-Fi in the 5 GHz band. Article

Telecom News

> Level 3 is going to provide Mexico's TV Azteca its Vyvx Solutions for the transmission of the upcoming World Cup soccer event feed from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to TV Azteca's teleport in Mexico City. Article

> The FCC is mulling the idea of changing the definition of broadband from 4 Mbps to 10 Mbps to better reflect the reality of growing usage of bandwidth hungry streaming music and video applications, reports The Washington Post. Article

Cable News

> Erik Huggers, the top executive at OTT cloud initiative OnCue, is leaving the company just five months after Intel sold it to Verizon. Article

> The makers of pay TV set-top boxes need to consider stepping up their own consolidation movement, with the top four pay-TV services in North America all trying to merge. Article

European Wireless News

> ZTE has high hopes that it will stand to benefit should the planned merger of KPN's German unit E-Plus with Telefónica's O2 Germany go ahead. Article

> Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is a core focus of this week's TM Forum Live conference here, but those working towards the virtualization of operator networks are under no illusion that this is going to be an easy transformation for operators. Article

And finally… Thanks to LG, WebOS is now live in 1 million TVs. Article

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