HTC posts another quarterly profit; BQ announces Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone

Quick news from around the Web.

"Verizon pulls back from wireline, Internet businesses  via @WSJ" --@FierceWireless

> AT&T announced a handful of new promotions including an offer for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 for free with the purchase of any Samsung Galaxy smartphone for $0 on AT&T Next. Page

> The Securities and Exchange Commissions is investigating suspicious stock trading on BlackBerry on the day that Reuters reported talks between Samsung and BlackBerry. Article

> Smartphone maker HTC reported a small profit in its latest quarter, its third profit in as many quarters. Article

> Sprint's Boost Mobile is offering a free month of service in a new promotion. Article

> According to one new report, TracFone is now accepting Verizon Wireless LTE phones in its bring-your-own-device service. Article

> Samsung is now selling its Tizen smartphone in Bangladesh. Article

> U.S. legislators are calling for an investigation into so-called "super cookies" used by Verizon Wireless. Release

> BQ announced the new Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, the world's first smartphone running Canonical's Ubuntu operating system for smartphones. However, the mid-range gadget will only be sold in Europe and the phone is simply repurposed version of BQ's existing Aquaris E4.5 smartphone. Article

> Twitter's Tweets are coming back to Google's search results. Article

> Sprint's CEO Marcelo Claure appears to still have faith in the service provider's wireline business, telling investors that the business is strategic in letting it compete in the wireless business. Article

> AT&T trumpeted that it scored the highest rankings in the industry in J.D. Power's latest customer care study. Release

Cable News

> Despite a bullish fiscal second quarter, during which revenues spiked 10 percent to $7.42 billion, 21st Century Fox issued a bearish forecast to investors. Article

> While a number of his peers in the media analyst community have begun to express mild doubt about the regulatory fate of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield came out Wednesday with the most damning note yet on the deal. Article

European Wireless News

> Wind Telecomunicazioni (Wind) has entered into exclusive talks with Spanish tower company Abertis regarding the sale of more than half of the Italian operator's 11,000 mobile towers put on the table in 2014 by parent VimpelCom. Article

> TeliaSonera is now able to implement its expansion plans for Norway after the Norwegian Competition Authority (NCA) approved the Sweden-based group's plan to acquire the Norwegian operations of Tele2. Article

And finally… A hotel run by robots. Article