Nokia gets French OK for Alcatel-Lucent deal; Verizon teases new Droid phone

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Verizon Wireless tweeted a fuzzy photo and a video of a forthcoming Droid handset that resembles the Motorola Moto X. Engadget article

> Nokia said it received approval from the French government for its deal to purchase rival Alcatel-Lucent. Release

> Microsoft made a new technical preview of Windows 10 Mobile available to members of the Windows Insider program. PhoneScoop article

> Microsoft is working to bring mobile payments to Windows 10, but does not have a firm timeline for a launch beyond "soon." Re/code article

> ARM Holdings reported third-quarter revenue that beat analysts' estimates. Bloomberg article

> Qualcomm said Capsule, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Life Inc., has received FDA 510(k) clearance of SmartLinx Vitals Plus, a patient monitoring system that integrates vital signs monitoring and clinical documentation into one scalable platform. Release

> Google is rolling out an update to its Google Maps mobile app that will allow users to add a stop along their current route. TechCrunch article

> The FCC said it will release robocall and telemarketing consumer complaint data weekly to help developers build and improve "do-not-disturb" technologies that allow consumers to block or filter unwanted calls and texts. Release

> Allot Communications received an expansion order of above $10 million during the fourth quarter from a major, unnamed Tier 1 mobile operator for its Allot Service Gateway Tera and Allot ClearSee Network Analytics. Release

Installer News

> CommScope said that as service providers look to increase fiber penetration into multi-dwelling units (MDUs), service providers and installers will need to be more flexible. Article

> SummitIG may have an ambitious underground dark fiber build out strategy in Virginia, but it's got plenty of help. Article

Online Video News

> Consumers use ad blockers because many video and display ads not only annoy them but cause performance issues with the devices they're using. Ads can cause computers and mobile devices to slow down or applications to crash. The solution is a lot more complicated than just throwing money at it. Editor's Corner

> What is Verizon's Go90, really? One analyst is arguing that the key reason the carrier launched the mobile-first over-the-top video service is not to upend current online video business models, but a much simpler and purportedly more lucrative reason: to collect data on users that it can sell to advertisers. Article

European Wireless News

> EE said 4G customers now represent more than 52 per cent of its total mobile customer base, noting that it has doubled the number of 4G customers over the last 12 months. Article

> Pure-play wireless operators in Europe look set to become a very specific strategy requiring a specific focus -- one that Deutsche Telekom for its part no longer seems prepared to contemplate. Editor's Corner

Cable News

> HBO chief executive Richard Plepler called out major U.S. broadband suppliers Comcast, Charter and AT&T for not supporting his company's subscription streaming service, HBO Now. Article

> ESPN confirmed that will lay off about 300 employees, or about 4 percent of its 8,000-member workforce. Article

Telecom News

> BT and Alcatel-Lucent have completed a demonstration of XG.fast technology during which the service provider was able to deliver more than 5 Gbps over its existing copper pairs. Article

> CenturyLink has deepened its 1 Gbps service presence by enabling about 1,000 select business locations in Lehi and Park City, Utah. Article

And finally… The New York Times will ship Google Cardboard virtual reality viewers to anyone who gets the paper delivered to their homes. Article

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