HTC may build Nexus 8; Google combines texts, chats in Hangouts app

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> Canada's Rogers is showing weakness in its wireless business. Article

> Google might sell its new Nest thermostat business in its Google Play store. Article

> HTC might build and release the Nexus 8 this summer. Article

> Sony's Xperia Z2 tablet will go on sale in May for $500. Article

> A former AT&T executive, Chris Hill, is moving to OpenPeak. Article

> Google is combining texts and chats in its Hangouts app. Article

> Over-the-top messaging services helped cut into profit at China Mobile. Article

> MVNO Republic Wireless will use ModusLink for device returns. Release

> Motorola Solutions (not Google's Motorola Mobility) agreed to license patents from Microsoft. Article

> According to a new report, Beats Music is off to a slow start in the streaming music space. Article

> The FCC approved a signal boost for machine-to-machine communications. Release

> According to a new study, Samsung's apps are relatively unused. Article

Mobile Developer News

> What does the Virus Shield fiasco say about Android's security? Editor's Corner

> Developers are taking a cool approach to Amazon's rumored smartphone. Article

Telecom News

> Alaska Communications has jumped into the superfast broadband game by offering local businesses up to 1 Gigabit speeds in Anchorage thanks to an ongoing expansion of its fiber network. Article

> AT&T is doubling down on fiber to the home (FTTH)-based service, announcing an initiative to expand its fiber network to up to 100 of what it calls candidate cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas. Article

Cable News

> Elected officials in the Buffalo region of New York have an uphill--some might say impossible--task if they expect Verizon to change its mind about adding new FiOS markets. Article

> Comcast's do-everything X1 platform must be doing something right. The country's top MSO says it added 24,000 video customers in the first quarter of 2014, marking the second straight quarter with video customer gains and bucking an industry trend going in the opposite direction. Article

And finally… Danny Boyle could direct a movie about Apple's Steve Jobs, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Article

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