Microsoft hopes Windows 10 will aid its position in mobile; Apple rumored to be developing stylus

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> Microsoft reportedly hopes Windows 10 will give it a jolt in the mobile market. Article

> Samsung hired Lee Don-tae as its new design chief. Article

> Apple is reportedly developing a stylus for its rumored iPad Pro. Article

> Twitter purchased ZipDial, a startup in India. Article

> Los Angeles officials said they would add Wi-Fi and cell phone service to subways in the city. Article

> Sprint expanded its handset leasing program to LG's G3 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 4. Article

> Planet Labs, a startup focused on using satellites for wireless service, raised $95 million in funding. Article

> ZTE said its 2014 profit likely doubled, partly on the success of its smartphones. Article

Mobile Developer News

> Android and iOS developers are working to address the European Union's new value-added tax (VAT) rules aimed specifically at sellers of "digital goods." Article

> We need more insight from app developers to join the chorus. Editor's Corner

Wireless Tech News

> A lot of the comments filed on the FCC's Notice of Inquiry (NOI) into the use of spectrum bands above 24 GHz were positive, praising the commission for launching the proceeding to investigate potential opportunities for using millimeter wave (mmW) bands to accelerate 5G services. But many interested parties are calling for caution as well, especially when it comes to framing rules around the use of the mmW bands. Article

> A proof-of-concept project for FirstNet is getting underway in New Jersey. Article

Telecom News

> 8x8 is responding to its multinational enterprise customers' movement into the Asia-Pacific market by expanding the reach of its global cloud communications network in the region. Article

> Verizon has furthered the capabilities of 100G by deploying the technology on its network in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, connecting these three locations in one of the highest growth regions it serves today. Article

Cable News

> DirecTV has released increased consumer pricing for its 2015 NFL Sunday Ticket packages, following the eight-year, $12 billion re-upping of the satellite operator's licensing deal with the National Football League in early October. Article

And finally… Apple has severed ties with developers in Crimea. Article

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