Microsoft releases $199 Band smart watch for health; Google promises to announce Project Ara progress

Quick news from around the Web.

> Microsoft today launched a broad platform called Microsoft Health that seeks to collect and unify users' health data into one platform. The company is kicking off the effort with the release of the Microsoft Band, a smart watch that will go for $199 and can work with Windows, iOS and Android devices. Post

> T-Mobile US, Sprint and AT&T Mobility announced they will sell the Samsung Gear S smart watch, which sports built-in cellular connectivity, starting Nov. 7. The device will cost around $350. Article

> Google said it plans to unveil major progress on its Project Ara modular smartphone platform in January. Article

> Microsoft is cutting another 3,000 employees as part of its previously announced plans to reduce its workforce by 18,000 people. Article

> A Google executive said that the company is taking a more traditional path to launch its Nexus 6. Article

> Gogoro, a Taiwanese startup founded by former HTC executive Horace Luke, is finalizing a $100 million funding round in its quest to target smart cities. Article

> Sony installed Hiroki Totoki as the new head of its mobile division as it continues to struggle in smartphones. Article

> Line, which provides over-the-top messaging and calling services, reported that its revenues doubled year over year. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Support for HotSpot 2.0 Release 2 is gathering momentum as more vendors and service providers are expected to roll out the technology. Article

> The United States needs to put more resources into 5G--and it needs to let the world know about it. Editor's Corner

> Exalt Communications may be long gone, but its successor, Exalt Wireless, is in for the long haul. Article

Telecom News

> Level 3 Communications cleared two major decisions in its move to acquire tw telecom, announcing that both the FCC and the stockholders of both companies have approved its acquisition of the competitive provider. Article

> AT&T may have focused a lot of its broadband attention on driving 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services into more communities, but its move to bring its fiber-to-the-node (FTTN)-based U-verse service to Adams County, Mississippi, shows it is not slowing down its traditional U-verse strategy. Article

Cable News

> Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) reported 3.6 percent year-over-year third-quarter revenue growth to $5.71 billion, driven partly by 21.9 percent growth in business services. However, the cable company missed analysts' consensus revenue forecasts of $5.74 billion. Article

> Technology company Arris posted 32 percent growth in year-over-year revenue to $1.4 billion in the third quarter, resulting in a profit of $54.6 million and earnings per share of 81 cents that beat analysts' forecast of 72 cents. Article

And finally… Comcast agreed to settle a $50 million class action lawsuit. Article