Intel unveils Curie module for IoT; Apple Watch rumored to drop in March

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> Intel introduced its new Curie, a 32-bit system-on-a-chip module for the Internet of Things that includes Bluetooth, a motion sensor and can do computations. Article

> FTC officials are raising concerns about data collection techniques in the Internet of Things. Article

> Apple is expected to release its smart watch by March. Article

> Samsung released low-cost smartphones in India. Article

> Ford's CEO said building mass-market autonomous vehicles is a priority for the company. Article

> The Nokia N1 tablet is going on sale in China for around $260. Article

> HTC is joining forces with Under Armour for connected fitness devices. Release

> Monster issued a lawsuit against Apple for its Beats headphones. Article

> WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said on Facebook that WhatsApp has more than 700 million monthly active users. Post

Telecom News

> Verizon CEO and Chairman Lowell McAdam says that a potential sale of some of its wireline assets could provide the company with various operational and process benefits. Article

> A group of home networking-related vendors, including Broadcom, D-Link, Qualcomm Atheros and Lea Networks, have put their support behind the HomePlug AV2 multiple input multiple output (MIMO) certification program for powerline-based home networking products. Article

Cable News

> Having been lauded by media analysts for months for its new, cost-effective, cloud-based video delivery system, Charter Communications on Tuesday held a Consumer Electronics Show press conference to formally credit the key vendors behind the so-called "World Box" initiative. Article

> Comcast Cable  EVP and CEO Neil Smit downplayed Dish Network's Sling TV, but he said experimenting with packages is good. Article

European Wireless News

> Demand for tablets will continue to be slow in 2015, according to latest research from Gartner. Article

> Apple continued to benefit from the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the three months to the end of November 2014, with the iOS operating system increasing its market share in Europe as well as in all other markets except Japan as surveyed by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Article

And finally… Apple filed a patent for an iPhone that can be bent in half. Article