Microsoft, TracFone team on mobile health effort; China reportedly developing response to Android, iOS

Quick news from around the Web.

> Microsoft Corp. and TracFone Wireless announced they will work with Health Choice Network in Miami to conduct a pilot project where HCN will provide Windows Phone smartphones to diabetes patients to help them better manage their care. Release

> China is reportedly developing its own homegrown operating system to counter Microsoft's Windows, Google's Android, Apple's iOS and other smartphone platforms. Article

> Google announced a teaming with Rockchip for chips for Google's Project Ara for modular smartphones. Post

> Google acquired mechanical engineering and product-design company Gecko Design for its Google X research lab. Article

> Microsoft appears to be developing a dongle like Google's Chromecast. Article

> Apple is replacing some iPhone 5 units due to battery malfunctions. Article

> Nokia Networks completed its acquisition of SAC Wireless. Release

Wireless Tech News

> Two law enforcement officials have confirmed they are hoping for reappointment to the board of the First Responder Network Authority, which is charged with planning, building and operating the LTE-based, 700 MHz nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN). Article

> Researchers have demonstrated a 92 percent success rate in hacking smartphone apps. Article

Telecom News

> Verizon is doubling its investment in renewable solar power with plans to invest about $40 million in the on-site green energy program it debuted last year. Article

> TDS Telecom has named the Waterford, Wis., area as its next destination where it will offer its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and IPTV-based TDS TV service. Article

Cable News

> Signaling the long-awaited ramp-up of its merger review process, the Federal Communications Commission has asked Comcast to provide detailed information on its cable and ISP systems, as well as its interconnection arrangements with various online providers. Article

> DirecTV is near a long-awaited deal to renew licensing rights to its venerable "NFL Sunday Ticket" package. Article

European Wireless News

> Arianespace said it intends to find out why the fifth and sixth satellites launched as part of the Galileo constellation ended up in the wrong orbit, an event that marks a further setback for Europe's answer to the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS). Article

> The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) postponed its planned auction of spectrum in the 1800 MHz band due to the uncertainties caused by TeliaSonera's plan to buy Tele2 Norway. Article

And finally… The crowd-funded Kreyos smart watch appears to be a disaster. Article