LG launches mid-range G3 Beat; Juniper predicts 1B LTE connections by 2017

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> The Senate unanimously approved legislation to legalize cell-phone unlocking, which would make it easier for consumers to switch providers without buying a new phone. Article

> Juniper Research forecasts there will be 1 billion LTE connections by 2017 and 1.8 billion by 2019.  Release

> LG Electronics launched LG G3 Beat, a mid-tier variant of LG's G3 smartphone. Release

> Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs has opened a research office in Cambridge, UK, led by Bo Olofsson. The office will focus on smartphones, games consoles, tablets, Smart TVs, and more. Release

> Google is offering businesses the chance to purchase and use Google Earth aerial imagery. Blog

> Google Wallet is now offering gift card support in Wallet apps for Android and iOS. Article

> Shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing dropped  6 percent on reports that it will likely lose orders of next-generation chips from Apple and Qualcomm.  Article

> Microsoft has started accepting requests from European users who want to remove search links from Bing under a recent "right-to-be-forgotten" ruling by Europe's top court. Article

> Apple CEO Tim Cook says he does 80 percent of his work on an iPad and you should too. Article (sub. req.)

Wireless Tech News

> AT&T, Google and others pick apart FCC's 3.5 GHz spectrum-sharing scheme.  Article

> Ericsson says the most critical aspect that will influence how 5G networks manage traffic is the availability of additional spectrum.  Article

> Signals Research Group says T-Mobile is leading the way in the United States to 4x2 MIMO cell site configurations. Article

Telecom Industry News

> How big is the dark fiber opportunity?  And why is dark fiber still such a divisive issue among telcos and their competitors?  Commentary

> Allied Fiber is pushing the limits of its existing fiber by completing a 1 Terabit-per-second super-channel transmission trial over a 1,700 km ring connecting West Palm Beach to Jacksonville, Fla. Article

> Verizon completed a trial carrying 100G traffic over its regional network between two 100G network interface devices (NID).  Article

Cable Industry News

> The Copyright Office told Aereo that it doesn't believe the company qualifies for a statutory license to retransmit broadcast TV signals.  Article

> Disney announced a flurry of carriage deals with independent pay TV operators however it has a long way to go to get ubiquitous coverage of its regional sports channel, SEC Network.  Article

And finally… Vint Cerf, "co-father of the Internet" talks with Stephen Colbert about the great marriage of the Internet and the mobile phone.  Article