Mozilla promises $25 Firefox phones; Starbucks rolls out Powermat's wireless charging

Quick news from around the Web.

> Mozilla is hinting at $25 Firefox phones for India and elsewhere. Post

> New patents hint at Samsung's interest in a smart home. Article

> Starbucks is rolling out Powermat's wireless charging stations in its stores. Article

> Amazon introduced a streaming music service to its Prime offering. Article

> Google Wallet now supports a two-click purchase service on iOS. Article

> Microsoft's Outlook Web App now offers an Android version. Article

> Twitter's COO stepped down from his post. Article

Wireless Tech News

> A Huawei executive wants the world's governments to stop considering wireless spectrum to be "an asset to be maximized for cash" and instead take a healthier view of radio frequencies as an enabler of social and economic development. Article

> A METIS 2020 task group led by Anite, a provider of technology for testing wireless equipment, has published what the group claims is the world's first radio-channel models for 5G technologies. Anite said the channel models are "an essential step towards further development of candidate 5G technologies." Article

Telecom News

> Genband gave Perspectives 14 attendees here a sneak peak at its Kandy offering, which is intended to enable carriers and enterprises to quickly and cost-effectively add value for their customers. Article

Cable News

> Looking to reduce churn by servicing the many disparate parts of its fragmented subscriber base, Comcast is developing a YouTube-like online video platform for its new X1 set-top boxes. Article

> Selling the Federal Communications Commission on its proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV in a regulatory filing Wednesday, AT&T promised lower pay TV prices, greater broadband availability in rural areas and extended compliance with 2010 net neutrality legislation. Article

And finally… Apple's new Swift programming language appears to be a hit. Article


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