Nokia teams with NICE; Google releases Google Play Service 5.0

Quick news from around the Web.

> Google released Google Play Services 5.0, which supports Android Wear APIs. Article

> Lenovo expects its transactions with both Motorola and IBM to be completed by the end of this year. Article

> Nokia Networks announced a deal with NICE Systems for advanced geolocation capabilities that will "enhance the planning and optimization of mobile networks." Release

> Facebook Messenger has arrived on the iPad. Article

> Sprint will sell the LG G3, supporting Sprint Spark, starting July 18. Post

> Facebook said it now counts 1 billion links through its Facebook App Link program. Article

> Nvidia appears to be building a Shield Tablet, likely a follow-up to its Shield Android gaming console. Article

> Microsoft and Canon inked a cross-licensing agreement for mobile patents. Article

> ARM launched a reference design for 64-bit Android development. Article

> Acision released a new version of its fuseMe app, a white-label messaging app for carriers. Release

> Samsung has halted sales and rentals on its Video and Media Hub, and will discontinue the movie and TV show service on Aug. 1, a final step in its ongoing move to shut down electronic services including music and e-book sales. Article

Wireless Tech News

> A 3.5 GHz spectrum-sharing database "could get very complicated," said one Accenture executive. Article

> Kajeet, a children-focused Sprint MVNO, is pushing a portable hotspot solution that it says can be used to bring mobile broadband service to disadvantaged students and is now eligible for Title I funds from the federal government. Article

> Two FCC waivers being sought by Time Warner Cable reveal the cable operator is chomping at the bit to make use of the 100 MHz of 5 GHz U-NII-1 band spectrum that the commission voted in March to open up for broad, unlicensed Wi-Fi use. Article

Telecom News

> Allstream is employing NetCracker's NetCracker 9 suite to enhance its end-to-end order management and service fulfillment capabilities for its growing business customer base. Article

> Spirent is bolstering its voice and video over IP communications, including voice over LTE (VoLTE) capabilities, by reaching a $25 million deal to purchase Radvision's Technology Business Unit (TBU). Article

Cable News

> BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield had heard good things about FX's The Americans, and was determined to "catch up" on the original spy drama without paying an additional $1.99 per episode transactional fee on top of his regular pay TV bill. However, Greenfield neatly outlined the qualitative chasm between the average TV Everywhere service and the more elegant interfaces found on subscription video-on-demand services like Amazon  Prime Instant Video and Netflix. Article

> Officials for Phoenix, Ariz.-based Cable One say they have reached a temporary licensing agreement with NBCUniversal to keep the NBC Sports Network on its program guide for the next six months. Article

And finally… One in seven Americans would rather give up their smartphone for a week than their best friend. Article

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