HTC returns to Robert Downey Jr. as spokesman; Nokia to build iWireless' LTE network

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> Samsung is offering its Milk streaming music service for free via a new website. Article

> Apple announced ResearchKit to aid with medical data gathering. Article

> The Senate approved a former Google executive, Michelle Lee, to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Article

> The OnePlus One smartphone is now available in 16 more countries. Article

> ZTE will launch the new Nubia Z9 smartphone on March 26. Article

> HTC's new marketing chief decided to discontinue the company's "Ask the Internet" campaign and will instead return to spokesman Robert Downey Jr. Article

> A new report indicates Apple was unsuccessful in negotiating with the music industry to discount its planned revamp of Beats' streaming music service below $10 a month. Article

> Apple released its iOS 8.2. Article. Meantime, Google released Android version 5.1. Article

> Qualcomm announced a $15 billion share buyback program. Article

> iWireless will build an LTE network with equipment from Nokia Networks. Release

> AT&T's Cricket Wireless will sell the Motorola Moto E starting this week. Article

Mobile Developer News

> Android Pay could offer a big payoff to Android developers. Editor's Corner

> Android users sporting newer and more expensive devices are 40 percent more engaged with mobile apps than their iOS counterparts walking around with the iPhone 6, according to Localytics. Article

Telecom News

> Verizon's sale of its wireline assets to Frontier will give it a contiguous Northeast FiOS footprint, the company's CFO said. Article

> According to Infonetics, 40 percent of service providers plan to offer 1 Gbps services by 2017. Article

Cable News

> Charter Communications wants to be more strategic in the way it bundles its programming and is trying to get programmers to enable it to package channels by genre. Article

> Apple announced Monday that HBO's new a la carte streaming service, HBO Now, will launch exclusively on Apple TV and iOS devices in April, at a price of $14.99 a month. Article

And finally… Apple fans are demanding that the company release other products that they can feel on their skin. Article

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