LG's G Watch goes on sale; Google aims to compete more with Amazon

Quick news from around the Web.

> ZTE is cautious about the potential of the smart watch market. Article (sub. req.)

> Hon Hai dropped its plans to use Huawei's network gear for a mobile network it is building, after Taiwanese regulators raised security concerns. Article (sub. req.)

> Google reportedly plans to spend $500 million to compete better with Amazon in local retailing. Article

> SK Telecom and Ericsson signed an agreement to cooperate on "5G" research. Article

> Qualcomm said Chinese contract manufacturer SMIC would produce its Snapdragon processors. Article

> LG Electronics announced the global launch of its G Pad 10.1 tablet. Release. LG also announced that its G Watch smart watch running Android Wear is now available. Release

> Samsung Electronics and LG are vying for the attention of Chinese President Xi Jinping while he visits South Korea. Article (sub. req.)

> Huawei is selling its Honor 6 smartphone through the Chinese WeChat app. Article

> Qualcomm both made and then retracted a Digital Millennium Copyright Act request that sought to take down Android-focused code bases that were allegedly using the company's confidential technology. Article

> Broadcom thinks carriers should take a hybrid approach to network hardware as they implement Network Function Virtualization. Article

> New rendered images of the iPhone 6 popped up. Article

> The TSA is blocking uncharged mobile devices from flights at some international airports. Article

Wireless Tech News

> The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is warning that certain devices running on the Google Android operating system may reveal their owner's location history to anyone within Wi-Fi range. Article

> The European Commission, keeping up the public-relations push to support its continuing passion for 5G, issued a public memo in which it said next-generation networks "will be a leap, not a step, forward." Article

Cable News

> Working to message the general public at a time when the FCC is crafting new net neutrality rules, YouTube has stolen a page from the Netflix playbook, launching a campaign that encourages users experiencing sluggish streaming performance to blame their ISP. Article

> As Dish Network's competitors attempt to consolidate all around it, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen is being cast as a patient, wily poker player, biding his time as his rivals frantically over-play their hands. Article

Telecom News

> Windstream Communications will be providing enhanced fiber connectivity to Fort Campbell and Dover Air Force base thanks to a $3 million contract it signed with the Department of Defense's Defense Information System Agency (DISA). Article

> The Overland Park, Kan., City Council is ready to open the doors for Google Fiber to come in and bring super-fast Internet and accompanying services to the city--and Google is apparently finally ready to take that step forward. Article

European Wireless News

> Telenor said an LTE roaming agreement covering Norway it signed with Tele2 in April still stands, despite the latter agreeing to sell its local business to rival TeliaSonera. Article

> Orange CEO Stephane Richard said the operator is still prepared to take part in consolidating the French mobile market in order to reduce pricing competition, but called on the operator's rivals to take the lead because Orange does not want to take a driving role. Article

And finally... A drone flew directly into a fireworks show and captured images. Article

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