Microsoft sells Barnes & Noble Nook stake at a loss; Uber raises $1.2B

Quick news from around the Web.

> Samsung asked an appeals court to throw out a verdict that found Apple the victor in the companies' long-running patent battle. Article

> The FCC said there are more than 1 million smartphone thefts per year in the United States. Article

> Microsoft is selling its stake in Barnes & Noble's Nook business for a $180 million loss. Article

> Lobbying group WifiForward said that President Obama's goal to add Wi-Fi to classrooms would be aided by the government's release of more unlicensed spectrum. Article

> The Wall Street Journal took a lengthy look at the efforts of stadiums and other venues to offer wireless connections. Article

> Uber said it raised $1.2 billion in a new round of funding. Article

> Microsoft is now offering its Cortana voice-based digital assistant in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Article

> HTC's One M7 and M8 Google Play Editions can now access Google's Android 5.0, dubbed Lollipop. Article

Telecom News

> Comcast Business is taking on AT&T and Cox Business in Atlanta's metro fiber service market with plans to offer 10 Gbps services to area businesses. Article

> Comcast Business is broadening its presence in Vermont, extending its fiber-based Ethernet services throughout five communities in Bennington County. Article

Cable News

> CBS Corp. has not executed on a threatened blackout of its stations and cable channels on Dish Network, as the two sides continue to negotiate renewals of retrans and carriage agreements. Article

> Cablevision has hired veteran Madison Avenue creative Mickey Paxton as senior VP, executive director of creative services, to oversee marketing and brand initiatives for its full suite of Optimum products and services. Article

European Wireless News

> Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) revealed plans to launch satellite TV services in rural areas of Russia this month, indicating that a current quad-play trend is not restricted solely to West European operators. Article

> Safaricom said it has become the first operator in sub-Saharan Africa to launch LTE Advanced (LTE-A) services, with Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya the first cities to get the high-speed mobile data services ahead of a wider rollout in the coming months. Article

And finally… Amazon is getting into the diaper business. Article

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