NAB files petition with FCC over incentive auction rules; Nokia gets key U.S. approval for Alcatel-Lucent deal

More wireless news from across the Web:

> The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) asked the FCC to reconsider some parts of its public notice on 600 MHz incentive auction procedures to reduce the potential interference to TV stations from carriers and vice versa. Broadcasting & Cable article

> Nokia said it has obtained clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for its proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. Release

> The iPhone 6s reportedly has 2 GB of RAM. 9to5Mac article 

> The difference between the value of SoftBank itself and its investments in companies including Alibaba Group was $13 billion as of Friday. Bloomberg article

> Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Flight, a highly optimized chipset targeted specifically for consumer drones and robotics applications. Release

> T-Mobile US announced an "LTE for IoT" technology upgrade program, managed by M2M enabler Numerex, to get 2G M2M customers to upgrade to LTE. Release

> Google hired its first chief executive of its self-driving car business: John Krafcik, an auto industry veteran who has held jobs at Hyundai and Ford. New York Times article

> Microsoft bought Double Labs, the developer of a popular Android app called Echo Notification Lockscreen, which lets users personalize what appears on their phone's lock screen. Business Insider article 

> Microsoft appointed general counsel Brad Smith as president and chief legal officer. Bloomberg article

> The FCC cited Lyft for violating rules meant to prevent companies from using autodialers and other automated tools to call or message consumers. PhoneScoop article

Wireless Tech News

> While Samsung has rolled out hundreds of thousands of 3G femtocells for Verizon Wireless, it's still in the early stages when it comes to LTE femtocells in unlicensed spectrum, or the controversial LTE-U. However, the electronics giant announced it will be engaging in a trial with Verizon using Samsung's LTE-U enterprise femtocells. Article

> For Boingo Wireless, 5G is all about converged networks -- something it knows a little about, having dived head first into Wi-Fi aggregation, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and network functions virtualization (NFV). Article

European Wireless News

> Telenor and TeliaSonera's decision to abandon a planned merger of their Danish operations is a sign that the European Commission (EC) is toughening its stance on mergers that reduce the number of operators in individual markets, analysts and industry experts said. Article

> Vodafone announced plans to deploy a nationwide Wi-Fi calling service in the UK in the coming months, but only for subscribers with the right handsets. Article

Cable News

> While some in Hollywood are heralding a golden age of quality TV, driven by investments in new shows and movies by the likes of Netflix and Amazon, some content providers at the IBC show in Amsterdam are warning of a slowdown in content innovation. Specifically, some executives here believe the growing interest in a la carte options and skinny bundles could ultimately stifle the development of new and experimental TV programs and content. Article

> Despite all the hype and support for the 4K resolution standard, executives at the IBC show in Amsterdam offered some negative comments on the technology. Article

Telecom News

> Frontier has cleared another hurdle in its path to complete its acquisition of Verizon's wireline assets in California, Florida and Texas as the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved the transfer of Verizon's Southwest division's CLEC certificate to Frontier. Article

> Windstream is bringing up to 100 Mbps speeds to nearly 240 markets in 16 states, making its service more competitive with cable operators that are poaching Windstream's growing mix of consumer and small- to medium-sized business customers. Article

And finally… Pharmaceutical companies are using Fitbits and other similar mobile fitness gadgets as a way to bring drugs to market faster. Article

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