Jury rules Apple infringed on University of Wisconsin patent; Republic Wireless to launch 3rd-gen Moto G

More wireless news from across the Web:

> A federal jury ruled Apple infringed on a University of Wisconsin patent when developing processors for some recent iPhones and iPads and could be liable for as much as $862 million in damages. Wall Street Journal article

> FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler named Jessica Almond, formerly of HTC America, as his new legal adviser for media, enforcement and public safety issues. Broadcasting & Cable article

> Sprint committed to deploy LTE throughout the entire New York City Subway system. The project, set to be complete by 2017, will cover 279 underground stations. Post

> Google filed paperwork with the Federal Aviation Administration for two new unmanned aerial vehicles, reportedly for delivering broadband connectivity. Re/code article

> Republic Wireless will launch Motorola's Moto G (3rd gen.) starting October 27 in both 8 GB and 16 GB models for $200 and $230, respectively. CNET article

> OnePlus is gearing up to reveal its second smartphone of the year after it teased an upcoming launch event in London on Oct. 29. TechCrunch article

> After more than two years of selling mobile plans to customers, British supermarket Sainsbury's is getting out the MVNO business after talks with partner Vodafone broke down. Engadget article

Installer News

> FairPoint says its new line of construction services was driven by the growing demand from its wireless wholesale customers' ongoing small cell buildouts. Article

> Commscope announced a new power solution for cell tower remote radio units (RRUs) that lets operators reuse the existing cables. The company said its PowerShift power supply is designed for LTE and beyond cell site architectures and will be available in first quarter 2016. Article

Online Video News

> With a ruling for his linear OTT company in place, FilmOn CEO Alki David is continuing to lobby the FCC to move forward with rulemaking that would classify certain OTT providers as MVPDs (multichannel video programming distributors) and allow them to negotiate broadcast retransmission licenses. However, he said that online video provider Amazon and major ISPs including Google are also heavily lobbying the commission against revising current rules for MVPDs. Article

> Social media giant Facebook is testing a new section of its web and mobile sites that will provide a dedicated location for users to find, view or share videos with their Facebook friends. The addition lays a direct challenge at the feet of YouTube and puts other social media sites on notice. Article

European Wireless News

> France's telecoms regulator revealed in a tweet that the auction for 700 MHz spectrum assignments will start on Nov. 16 this year. Article

> Andrus Ansip, the European Commission's vice president in charge of the Digital Single Market, said "industry consolidation is not necessarily the answer" to achieving future connectivity targets across the European Union, although he said there could be some advantages to cross-border consolidation. Article

Cable News

> Apple, Facebook and Netflix are all having discussions with CBS for the rights to broadcast both TV shows and live events, CBS CEO Les Moonves told Bloomberg. Further, Moonves said that CBS "probably" will reach an agreement with Apple for the iPhone vendor's rumored live TV service. Article

> Cox network architecture chief Jeff Finkelstein said demand growth on his MSO's network is increasing at an annual rate of 53 percent. The only way to manage that growth, he said, is to capitalize on technologies including software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). Article

Telecom News

> CenturyLink, Verizon and AT&T are still struggling to make their cloud hosting businesses a key part of their growth, but an analyst with Cowen & Company said that CenturyLink management is adamant about keeping its colocation and hosting business even though investors have pressured the company to sell it. However, he added that AT&T and Verizon might be less inclined to hold onto their cloud assets. Article

> Adtran's third quarter 2015 revenue dropped to $158 million compared to $160 million in the second quarter of 2015. However, the company's net income was up to $7 million compared to $2.5 million in the second quarter. Article

And finally…  T-Mobile US tweaked AT&T for responding to a customer's suggestion to CEO Randall Stephenson with a letter from one of its top lawyers by inviting AT&T customers to "send comments, concerns and genius ideas to [email protected]." Release

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