HTC announces Desire 500; AT&T goes dark in parts of Massachusetts

Quick news from around the Web.

@FierceWireless: RT@engadgetmobile: Canonical drops Ubuntu Edge price to $695 for rest of crowdfunding campaign. Article[email protected]

> Huawei is taking aim at Cisco with a new SDN programmable switch. Article

> HTC announced the mid-range Desire 500 smartphone. Article

> AT&T Mobility suffered an outage in parts of Massachusetts. Article

> An appeals court has breathed new life into Apple's patent infringement case against Google's Motorola. Article

> MegaFon said it will buy Scartel for $1.18 billion. Article

> SK Telecom said it will support LTE Advanced roaming to Canada and Switzerland. Article

Mobile Content News

> Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who co-founded video sharing site YouTube in 2005, unveiled their latest effort, video creation application MixBit. Article

> Groupon reported better-than-expected second-quarter sales, crediting its turnaround to the continued growth of its mobile commerce business. Article

> Google's Android platform continues to dominate the U.S. smartphone landscape, but its market share lead remained unchanged from the end of the first quarter of 2013 to the close of the second quarter, digital research firm comScore reports. Article

> A complaint filed this week with the Federal Trade Commission by a children's advocacy group could signal a new push to hold app developers accountable for their marketing proclamations. Editor's Corner

Broadband Wireless News

> Google has expanded field testing for its Project Loon beyond New Zealand and into California's Central Valley, which is about a two-hour drive from the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Article

> The LTE network being crafted by the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) is not yet officially designed, but Verizon Wireless and Motorola Solutions have collaborated on an in-vehicle modem for public safety that is designed to seamlessly roam between Verizon's LTE network as well as FirstNet's. Article

> PEG Bandwidth, a wireless backhaul specialist, said it gained 1,100 fiber route miles in two states via the acquisition of Contact Network, which does business as InLine. Article

European Wireless News

> Swisscom said it plans to appoint a new CEO by the end of this year as the Swiss incumbent continues its search for a successor to Carsten Schloter, who was found dead in his apartment on July 23 in a suspected suicide. Article

> The European Commission swatted away a report that suggested it is delaying an investigation into the business practices of Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE until after European vendors have secured satisfactory slices of a massive TD-LTE tender recently launched by China Mobile. Article

And finally… Due to Edward Snowden's leaks, the feds have reportedly lost their hacker cred at the Def Con conference. Article

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