Microsoft announces universal apps program; Apple's iOS 7.1 could suffer from security flaw

Quick news from around the Web.

> According to reports, a flaw in Apple's iOS 7.1 could prevent iPhone users from recovering stolen phones. Article

> The FCC announced that its Lifeline accountability database is up and running. Post

> Lucy Hood, a former Fox executive who led AT&T's American Idol text messaging promotion, died at 56 from cancer. Article

> Microsoft announced a universal app program that will allow developers to create one version of an app for everything from Windows Phone devices to Microsoft's Xbox. Article

> NSN CEO Rajeev Suri met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Germany. Release

> According to a report from CSIRO, demand for wireless data services in Australia will outstrip the nation's spectrum resources by 2020. Article

> European Union regulators voted for tough new net neutrality rules. Article

> DoCoMo in Japan will invest $4 billion in its LTE network, according to a new report. Article

> Allot Communications announced it received a $5 million purchase order from an unnamed Tier 1 carrier. Release

> Juniper Networks said it will reduce its workforce by 6 percent. Article

> Specifications continue to leak out for Samsung's rumored Galaxy S5 mini. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Qualcomm said it has increased Wi-Fi capacity with new 802.11ac multi-user MIMO technology. Article

> Broadcom and IndoorAtlas are offering new indoor-location technologies. Article

> SensePost's do-it-yourself Snoopy drone is an example of how a drone can become a Not-So-Big Brother in the sky, using RF signals to spy on a host of devices and the people who use them. Editor's Corner

Telecom News

> Integra continues to find a strong role in the data center market, announcing that it has connected 30 facilities since October 2013, bringing its total on-net data center footprint to 92. Article

Cable News

> The conventional model where consumers receive premium cable television programming through a provider "will be broken...consumer behavior is doing it...and that's not a bad thing," Colleen Abdoulah, chairwoman of WideOpenWest and the American Cable Association said yesterday during a lunch here at the ACA Summit. Article

> During an ACA Summit session here Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler downplayed the Commission's recent decision to prohibit broadcasters from coordinating on retransmission-consent deals, calling the move to level the negotiating sessions between broadcasters and pay TV distributors "self-evident." Article

And finally… The United States created a clandestine, Twitter-style social network in Cuba that used text messages. Article