Google, SoftBank exec Arora joins Sprint's board; Microsoft to install Opera Mini on low-end Nokia phones

Quick news from around the Web.

> Microsoft to replace Nokia Web browser on low-end handsets with Opera Mini. Article

> Apple released an online tool that allows users to unregister themselves from Apple's iMessage service. Article

> Sprint said Nikesh Arora joined its board of directors. Arora is a former Google and SoftBank executive. Release

> Samsung said it will build a $3 billion smartphone manufacturing plant in Vietnam. Article

> Uber said it is recruiting 50,000 veterans as drivers. Article

> The Jolla smartphone is now available in Russia. Release

> LG said it will upgrade its G3 smartphone to Android version 5.0, nicknamed Lollipop. Release

Wireless Tech News

> Service providers will deploy more than 4 million public hotspots and 20 million homespots in 2015, according to a new report by Mobile Experts. Article

> Redline Communications Group recently received a $2.7 million contract to provide the first phase of a high-speed wireless network for a local Argentina subsidiary of a "super major" energy company. It marks the second large network deal in Argentina that Redline has announced in the last several weeks. Article

Telecom News

> Mitel has taken another stab at acquiring competitor ShoreTel, raising the price of its acquisition bid to $8.50 per share in cash in stock, a proposal that represents an overall value of about $574 million. Article

> Google Fiber has begun reaching out to local businesses in the Kansas City area to see if they would like to get a 1 Gbps service, reports the Kansas City Business Journal, citing a mailer about the new offer. Article

Cable News

> Suddenlink Communications added 2,200 pay-TV subscribers in the third quarter, despite its removal in September of 22 Viacom channels. Article

> The National Labor Relations Board has charged Cablevision CEO James Dolan with threatening to withhold pay raises to his company's Brooklyn tech workers unless they voted to quit their union. Article

European Wireless News

> NOS Telecom investor Isabel dos Santos on Friday launched a €1.2 billion ($1.4 billion) bid to acquire Portugal Telecom SGPS, a holding company that holds a minority stake in the Brazilian operator. Article

> Market consolidation is a popular concept with European mobile network operators (MNOs), but recent experience in countries that are members of the Operation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) suggests it may not serve consumers' best interests--even when there remains a choice of three network providers. Article

And finally… Sen. Ted Cruz: "'Net Neutrality' is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government."

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