Google urges Supreme Court to step in against Oracle; Carl Icahn urges Apple to conduct stock buybacks

Quick news from around the Web.

> Google is hoping the Supreme Court will weigh in on its copyright battle with Oracle, which centers on Google's use of Java in Android. Article

> Activist investor Carl Icahn urged Apple CEO Tim Cook to have the iPhone vendor start buying back more stock. Article

> According to Omnicom Group's Interbrand consultancy, Samsung climbed to the No. 7 spot on the firm's list of the world's biggest brands. Article

> Samsung is offering an extended warranty plan for its new Galaxy Note 3 and 4 phones. Article

> Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Atomico are leading a $60 million investment round into Truecaller, which promises to improve caller ID technology. Article

> Nuage Networks, an Alcatel-Lucent subsidiary focused on Software Defined Networking (SDN), said it will provide Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) technology to hosting firm OVH. Article

> Novatel Wireless is changing its stock ticker to MIFI. Release

Wireless Tech News

> French technology startup Sigfox is making the rounds in an attempt to raise funds to expand its dedicated network for the Internet of Things, according to the Financial Times. Article

> The Wi-Fi Alliance is hoping to give Wi-Fi-only service providers a boost by including a number of new features into its Passpoint certification program. Article

> Coca-Cola is once again out front on the mobile marketing scene. The company, along with British Telecom, is testing Wi-Fi-enabled vending machines in two communities in South Africa. Article

Telecom News

> Some San Francisco city managers see fiber as a key asset for the city, and are considering a proposal that would require workers to install fiber when conducting other road work. Article

> As more service providers deploy 100G optical across their networks, it is driving up optical transport network (OTN) and packet optical transport system (P-OTS) revenues for Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena and Infinera, the industry segment's key suppliers. Article

Cable News

> Reeling from the latest virally explosive story about egregiously bad customer service, Comcast has issued a public apology to a former PwC accountant who accused the cable company of getting him fired from his job. Article

> After doing the math on Suddenlink's decision to kick out Viacom, FierceCable Editor Daniel Frankel found it was a good call by the cable company. Editor's Corner

And finally… Foxconn's CEO blamed the recent "bendgate" controversy surrounding Apple's iPhone 6 Plus on Apple's rivals. Article


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