Madstar Mobile is Sprint's latest MVNO; Sprint pushes handset leasing program beyond iPhones

Quick news from around the Web.

> Sony posted a massive quarterly loss and cut its smartphone sales forecast to 41 million units this fiscal year from 43 million, citing poor performance in China. Article

> Lenovo said it wants to become the world's leader in smartphones. Article

> LG announced a 5.3-inch, 1080p LCD display with 0.7mm bezels, technology the company attributed to its new "Neo Edge" module processing and "advanced in-cell touch" technology. Article

> Andy Rubin, the Google executive who oversaw the intial growth of the world's most popular smartphone operating system, is leaving the company to oversee a startup incubator focused on hardware technology. Rubin was heading up Google's robotics efforts. Article

> According to research firm IDC, tablet shipments in the third quarter grew 11.5 percent but the leaders in the market--Apple, Samsung and Asus--all lost market share. Article

> Crown Castle doubled its annual dividend after pressure from investors. Article

> Samsung announced two new phones, the Galaxy A3 and A5, that sport metal styling similar to Apple's new iPhones. Article

> HTC said it expects to report higher fourth-quarter sales than expected. Article

> SoftBank is reportedly considering purchasing the wireless assets that have been put up for sale by América Móvil in Mexico. Article

> Madstar Mobile is Sprint's latest MVNO, and is boasting that there is "NO need for new subscribers to have a minimum credit rating, post a deposit and there are NO multi-year contracts." Release

> Sprint announced it expand its handset leasing program to phones beyond the iPhone. Specifically, the carrier said that with "Sprint Lease, customers can pay just $20 per month for 24 months for Samsung Galaxy S 5 and Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport." Release

> According to a detailed report on the topic by ProPublica, Twitter is using Verizon's Precision Market Insights mobile tracking service. Article

> According to Digi-Capital, mobile Internet companies earned $19.2 billion in new investments during the past year. Article

Telecom News

> Alcatel-Lucent reported that IP routing proved to be a stellar revenue performer, rising 2.2 percent in the third quarter to $749 million, while other segments saw notable declines. Article

> Calix reported that third-quarter 2014 revenue was $105.8 million, up 2.1 percent year-over-year from $103.6 million the same period a year ago. Article

Cable News

> Online video streaming continues its major transgression into the consumer mainstream, with research firm Frank N. Magid Associates reporting that 83 percent of U.S. TV watchers now stream movies and TV shows, at least occasionally. Article

> A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a restructuring that calls for the sale of struggling regional sports network Comcast SportsNet Houston to AT&T and DirecTV. Article

European Wireless News

> EE said its LTE Advanced network has now gone live in London, as the UK operator vies with Vodafone UK to become the first operator to roll out the higher speed services across the country. Article

> TDC's revenue and EBITDA dipped in the third quarter of 2014 as the Denmark-based operator continued to face challenges on its domestic mobile market, although the company reported a near 20 per cent rise in profit year-on-year. Article

And finally… Slack, which makes business software, was founded last year and is now valued at more than $1 billion. Article

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