Microsoft intros Surface 2, without cellular radios; Qualcomm joins Qi for wireless charging

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@FierceWireless: RT@verge: Microsoft announces Surface 2. Article[email protected]

> Juniper Networks is offering a map of global LTE coverage. Article

> No major U.S. telecom firms are participating in Canada's 700 MHz spectrum auction. Article

> Huawei reportedly said it plans to create 5,500 jobs in Europe. Article

> Nokia defended the payout former CEO Stephen Elop is in line to receive if he returns to Microsoft. Article (sub. req.)

> Qualcomm joined the Qi wireless charging group. Article

> SoftBank in inching up toward a point where it would be forced to purchase the rest of Sprint it does not already own. Article

> Samsung spies researched people waiting in line to buy Apple's new iPhones. Article

> LG announced the new Vu 3 smartphone, with a 5.2-inch screen. Article

> Bill Morrow, a former Clearwire executive and current CEO of Vodafone Australia, said he is confident the company's fortunes will improve by 2014. Article

Mobile Content News

> The Chaos Computer Club hacker group claims it has already bypassed Apple's new Touch ID capacitive sensor just days after the security feature reached retail via the computing giant's new iPhone 5s. Article

> eBay-owned PayPal is nearing an agreement to acquire startup Braintree Payments Solutions, The Wall Street Journal reports. Article

> BlackBerry halted the launch of its cross-platform Messenger chat applications for Google's Android and Apple's iOS after an unreleased version of the Android app leaked online. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Google's Project Loon is full of hot air, contended a famed balloonist. Article

> Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) is not happy with some of Motorola Solutions' alleged lobbying tactics, which he contends are aimed at undermining the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and its efforts to craft the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). Article

European Wireless News

> Vivendi's plan to exit its telecoms business has hit a speed bump. Article

> Telecom Italia CEO Franco Bernabe and core shareholders met after all, despite saying earlier that they had postponed talks until October, but a deal on the future ownership of the debt-laden Italian operator remains elusive. Article

> Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent are among China Mobile's TD-LTE network equipment suppliers. Article

And finally… Apple CEO Tim Cook is now on Twitter. Article