LG's latest Watch Urbane smart watch ditches Android Wear; Google offering sponsored search in Android app store

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> Google is offering sponsored search results in its Google Play Android app store. Article

> LG announced that a version of its forthcoming Watch Urbane smart watch will support both LTE and NFC. Neither of those technologies is supported by Google's Android Wear platform, so the watch runs a proprietary LG operating system. Article

> Apple said it will hold a media event March 9, where it is expected to talk about its forthcoming Apple Watch. Article

> Questions remain about how effective Gemalto's investigation was into the hacking of its systems. Article

> HP is reportedly in talks to acquire Aruba Networks for Wi-Fi kit. Article

> Google is reportedly considering an investment into device maker Jawbone. Article

> Samsung is freezing salaries in South Korea amid slumping sales. Article

> Former White House press secretary Jay Carney is reportedly going to take a job at Amazon. Article

> Broadcom introduced an Android Wear smart watch platform that the company said will allow device makers to build watches with 3G connections and NFC technology. Article

> Sprint MVNO Ting launched an open beta of its GSM service, which is likely powered by T-Mobile US. Article

> IBM plans to spend $4 billion on "strategic initiatives," including mobile. Article

Wireless Tech News

> The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is forming the Bluetooth Smart Mesh Working Group to look at standardizing mesh networking for Bluetooth Smart technology. Article

> SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics are apparently making progress on their commitment to work together on 5G network technology research. The pair will jointly demonstrate 3D beamforming using millimeter-wave (mmW) frequency bands when the industry convenes at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, next week. Article

> FierceWirelessTech Editor Monica Alleven argues that the United States should unleash spectrum for millimeter wave (mmW) radio bands now. Editor's Corner

Telecom News

> MegaPath has hired former Speakeasy COO Kurt Hoffman to be president and CEO of its cloud services division, replacing Dan Foster, who is leaving the company. Hoffman will report to CEO Craig Young and oversee the company's direct and channel sales, marketing, product development and operations. Article

> A colocation pricing survey from TeleGeography found that fiber cross-connect pricing is much higher in the U.S. than in Europe. In North America, the median cross-connect price is $300, more than five times higher than $58, which is the median price in Europe. Article

Cable News

> Trying to change course amid falling ratings and soft advertising sales, Viacom announced Wednesday that it is reviving its Noggin educational brand to launch a new SVOD service targeted toward preschoolers. Article

> FierceCable Editor Daniel Frankel dabbled into cord-cutting and ended up saving 8 cents. Editor's Corner

And finally… The Galaxy S6 charger appears to be headed through the FCC's certification process. Article