Moto X drops to $399; LG reportedly prepping Lifeband Touch fitness tracker

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@FierceWireless: Lenovo Announces the Vibe Z, Its First LTE Smartphone: Article[email protected]

> Intel is hoping to sell 64-bit chips and more chips for Android devices. Article

> LG appears to be preparing to release its Lifeband Touch fitness tracker soon. Article

> Sony will reportedly release a Windows Phone device this year. Article

> Apple said it has not worked with the NSA to provide the spy agency backdoor access to its iPhone. Article

> Xiaomi said it hopes to double its smartphone sales this year. Article

> China Mobile announced new phones from Samsung and Sony. Article

> Google's Motorola said it will sell the Moto X for $399 without a contract. Article

Online Video News

> How I learned to stop worrying and love Netflix. Editor's Corner

> Two of the more popular series on YouTube are planning to end their runs in 2014, TubeFilter notes. On Monday, Ray William Johnson, the creator of the hit "=3" (pronounced "equals three"), tweeted that he plans to end the show this year. Article

> Netflix is testing a $7 monthly plan that would limit users to watching SD programming on one device at time, according to multiple reports. The company's standard $8 service lets users watch on two devices simultaneously and includes HD programming. Article

Wireless Tech News

> When Marcus Weldon, Alcatel-Lucent's CTO, was also named president of Bell Labs in early November, the move signaled the company's intent to leverage R&D to propel its Shift Plan restructuring strategy and align research activities with its roadmap for commercial products. Article

> Sprint is adding FDD LTE carriers on its 800 MHz spectrum in numerous markets as part of its planned triumvirate of LTE bands, according to the S4GRU website. Article

> CTIA is enlisting cellular users in the battle against wasteful apps. Editor's Corner

Telecom News

> AT&T has divested 250 million shares of its stake in Mexican telecom conglomerate América Móvil for $282 million, reports Reuters, citing a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Article

> EarthLink has begun a new chapter after completing the creation of its holding company structure on Tuesday. Article

Cable News

> Tribune Co. said it agreed to buy Sony's Gracenote subsidiary for $170 million, in a deal that could see its TMS division help pay TV distributors deliver interactive programming and advertising to viewers using TVs, tablets and smartphones. Article

> ABC will block DirecTV, TWC and Dish subscribers from watching TV series online. Article

European Wireless News

> Italian operator Wind could face some changes in 2014 as its New York-listed Russian parent VimpelCom is reportedly considering various options for the operator, including a sale or merger of the company. Article

> Nokia said Jesper Ovesen is to step down as executive chairman of Nokia Solutions and Networks, the group's telecoms infrastructure business, once the sale of the company's devices and services unit to Microsoft has been completed. Article

> A look back over 2013. Editor's Corner

Mobile Developer News

> According to Distimo, Google Play revenue grew 51 percent over the last six months. Article

> What were the seven app developer moments that mattered in 2013? Article

And finally… LG is preparing to sell a smart TV powered by the WebOS platform. Article

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