NII Holdings files for bankruptcy; T-Mobile to let customers test drive iPhone 6

Quick news from around the Web.

> Regulators have asked Ericsson to clarify its relationship with U.S. phone companies as part of its decision on whether to award a telephone-number-management contract currently held by Neustar to Telcordia. Ericsson acquired Telcordia for $1.2 billion in 2011. Article

> NII Holdings, the parent of Nextel operators in Latin America, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company said it is struggling with competitive pressures as subscribers flock to operators with higher-speed networks. Article

> Sprint and its Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile prepaid brands will launch the HTC Desire 510. Post

> T-Mobile US, which has been letting customers test drive the iPhone 5 on its network, said it will start upgrading its test-drive phones to iOS 8 and also plans to let customers test drive the iPhone 6 once it's more widely available. Article

> Research firm Gartner says that over the next year about 75 percent of mobile apps will fail the most basic of security tests. Article

> The Subway restaurant chain will launch NFC-based mobile payments nationwide on Oct. 1 using Softcard, the JV created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile US and Verizon Wireless. Article 

> Nvidia will launch the LTE version of its Android-gaming tablet Shield on Sept. 30. Article

> Verizon Wireless is letting customers who are eligible to upgrade their devices by Nov. 15 upgrade early so they can get the iPhone 6. Article

> Qualcomm has acquired Euvision Technologies, which specializes in image-recognition applications powered by artificial intelligence. Article

> Tango Networks will sell its portfolio of Business Mobility Solutions to enterprise customers via a partnership with BlackBerry. Release

Mobile Developer News

> Apple, MasterCard, PayPal and others are all offering APIs and SDKs to ease payment integration with apps. But which solution will developers embrace? Article

> Facebook announced in a blog post that it was trying to ease the process whereby developers would integrate their app or mobile game with Facebook's popular social-media platform. Commentary.  

Cable News

> Time Warner Cable has struck a deal to put the last six games of the Dodgers' season on broadcast television. Article

> The TV broadcast industry has persuaded the Senate Commerce Committee to strip upcoming satellite-TV legislation beyond the earlier-reported extraction of the Local Choice provision. Article

Telecom News

> A Huawei executive said the company continues to make progress in the U.S. enterprise market despite its struggles in selling network equipment to U.S. wireless carriers. Article

> Idaho is now facing the scrutiny of the FCC, which has joined others in investigating the state's handling of its statewide broadband network. Article

And finally… Olive Garden is defending its unlimited-breadstick policy as being an emblem of "Italian generosity." Article

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