Intel 'lost our way,' chairman says; Sprint MVNO PrepaYd activates 30,000 BYOD CDMA phones

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> According to Intel's chairman, "we seemed to have lost our way." Article

> Sprint MVNO PrepaYd Wireless said it activated over 30,000 BYOD CDMA phones under its bring your own device plan. Release

> Comcast engineers are exploring how to eliminate wireless broadband "dead zones" by boosting the signals of Wi-Fi transmitters and connecting to 4G networks in areas that can't be reached by Wi-Fi, and even using data culled from social networks, emails and phone calls to determine where its subscribers will need access to the Internet, according to a patent application published today. Article

> Video game retailer GameStop acquired AT&T reseller Spring Mobile. Article

> Apple is now selling an unlocked and SIM-free version of its iPhone 5s on its website. Article

> The ESPN ScoreCenter app is a hit, and is also getting an overhaul. Article

> Nokia workers in China pledged to continue their strike. Article

Telecom News

> Ixia's legal and financial tangles continue to mount as the test and measurement company received a noncompliance notice from the Nasdaq stock exchange because of its delay in filing its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended Sept. 30. Article

> Verizon continues to make progress with migrating what it calls "chronic" copper customers to its FiOS fiber to the home (FTTH) network, an effort that helped it eliminate 600,000 repair dispatches in 2013 alone. Article

Cable News

> Charter Communications is close to securing bank loans and cash from "sovereign wealth funds and wealthy individuals" to finance a merger with Time Warner Cable, the Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday. Article

> Pay TV distributors will have to shell out $7.6 billion to local broadcasters to package their stations in basic cable programming packages, SNL Kagan said in a report released Friday. Article

And finally… Amazon might allow Londoners pick up their packages in the subway. Article