Major U.S. launch of Ubuntu won't hit until 2015, firm says; DoCoMo hangs up on Tizen

Quick news from around the Web.

> President Obama plans to announce an overhaul of the NSA's phone record collection program. Article

> There were few lines for the launch of Apple's iPhone in China. Article

> A major rollout of Ubuntu phones in the United States likely won't happen until next year, according to the Yankee Group. Post

> Next G Mobile, a Verizon Wireless MVNO, has reportedly discontinued service. Next G representatives were unreachable, and Verizon declined to comment. Article

> Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will keynote at the upcoming Mobile World Congress trade show. Article

> Facebook continues to test a "trending" feature on its mobile apps. Article

> Outgoing Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs earned $20.4 million last year. Article

> Intel's financial forecast failed to inspire investors. Article

> NTT DoCoMo in Japan has discontinued plans to sell Tizen phones. Article

> Verizon Wireless is working to sell its services to remote oil drillers. Article

Telecom News

> Verizon is making one of many new moves to implement software defined networking (SDN)-based elements into its cloud services suite by signing an agreement to develop a storage solution based on Hitachi's Cloud Platform (HCP) and Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere (HCP Anywhere). Article

> A private equity firm is set to acquire Maine's Oxford Networks for $50 million. Article

Cable News

> Shares of Comcast and Charter dipped following a report of a joint bid for Time Warner Cable. Article

> Comcast's NBC Olympics division said Thursday that it will team up with Facebook to drive viewers to its multi-platform coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia next month. Article

European Wireless News

> Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) chief executive Rejeev Suri has pledged to position China as a global innovation center and to collaborate on technology innovation with local players. Article

> Alcatel-Lucent said it will cut fewer jobs in France than originally planned, indicating that the US-Franco equipment manufacturer and the country's mobile operators have been influenced by pressure from the French government. Article

And finally… Forget glasses, Google is going to make smart contact lenses. Article