iPhone 5c sales forecast cut; Samsung could release Galaxy S5 in January

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@FierceWireless: China's Huawei won't consider big acquisitions for at least five years, a director says. Article via @wsj[email protected]

> Apple is reportedly cutting the production of its iPhone 5c in half. Article. Separately, one analyst reduced sales forecasts for Apple's iPhone 5c. Article

> Samsung Electronics could release the Galaxy S5 as soon as January. Article

> Samsung said it is not acquiring Swedish biometrics company Fingerprint Cards, contradicting an apparently false press release. Article

> MediaTek plans to challenge Qualcomm with 64-bit LTE chips. Article

> NSN and Juniper Networks announced an expand partnership to deliver a "new generation of mobile IP solutions." Release

> Nokia is reportedly preparing a large-screen Windows Phone codenamed "Batman." Article

> Google is discontinuing the Google TV brand as its smart TV platform merges with Android. Article

> LG is mass producing curved batteries, likely in advance of the launch of a smartphone with a curved screen. Article

> Mobile security firm Lookout raised $55 million in venture funding. Article

> Apps on the iPhone 5s are reportedly crashing at twice the rate of other iPhone 5 models. Article

> France's government is considering attempting to block Alcatel-Lucent's planned job cuts. Article

> Apple's rumored iWatch could actually be an effort by the company to target the home automation space, according to one analyst. Article

Cable News

> Wireless phone providers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility could create more competition for the broadband Internet product sold by Charter Communications, CEO Tom Rutledge said Thursday. Article

> M&A activity could be slowing the deployment of next-generation DVRs from Verizon and Time Warner Cable. Editor's Corner

Telecom News

> CenturyLink said Wednesday that it will soon launch a wideband Internet service offering download speeds of 1 Gbps in Las Vegas, where it competes with Cox Communications. Article

> Frontier Communications is finding that the fiber to the tower (FTTT) builds it is conducting for its wireless operator customers is a good foundation to deliver fiber-based services to area businesses. Article

And finally… Google plans to start using people's pictures to sell products. Article