Nokia to license brand; Google to test Project Loon with Telstra

Quick news from around the Web.

> Nokia is planning to license its Nokia brand to other manufacturers. Article

> Marvell is launching two new eight-core, 64-bit mobile processors with LTE aimed at the entry-level smartphone market. Article

> Verizon Wireless opened its largest retail store on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Release

> T-Mobile US reportedly plans to increase the cost of its SIM Starter Kit by $5 to $15. Article

> Google announced it will team with Australia's Telstra for a Project Loon test. Article

> Facebook is reportedly building Facebook at Work, which will allow workers to collaborate on the platform. Article

> ZTE's smartphone shipments were up 42 percent year-on-year in the third quarter 2014, according to Strategy Analytics. Release

Wireless Tech News

> Apple, HotSpot 2.0 and massive hotspot deployments mean Wi-Fi has left the building. Editor's Corner

> Researchers around the world are experimenting with light rather than radio waves to transmit high-speed data, and now researchers at Dartmouth College are developing what they believe are the first "smart spaces" that separate shadows from light in real time. Article

> When Carnival Corporation set out a couple of years ago to update communications for its fleet of more than 100 ships, it talked to companies like Google, which is making strides with its Project Loon. The Loon project is designed to use balloons launched into the stratospheric for providing Internet access on Earth. Article

Telecom News

> BT has dismissed rumors that it has plans to sell or spin off its Global Services subsidiary despite a call by its shareholders to offload it. Article

> MTS Allstream has named Jay Forbes as its new CEO and member of its board of directors, replacing Pierre Blouin, who is retiring from the company at the end of the year. Article

Cable News

> The U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. has agreed to hear arguments from major media conglomerates that the FCC's plan to disclose their contracts with pay-TV operators could hurt their leverage in future carriage negotiations. Article

European Wireless News

> TalkTalk has signed an MVNO agreement with Telefónica as part of an overall strategy that will see the UK fixed operator expand its "quad-play" offering that combines fixed broadband and TV services with mobile plans and, ultimately, build a small cell network to support its mobile play. Article

> Telefónica Deutschland has agreed to sell yourfone, the secondary brand launched by E-Plus in April 2012, to its MVNO partner Drillisch, but stressed that it does not intend to sell any further customers after its merger with E-Plus. Article

> Telecom Italia on Monday denied reports that it plans to sell new shares to finance an acquisition in Brazil, as fresh reports say that the company's board is preparing to discuss options for its subsidiary in the country. Article

And finally… The State Department shut down its email system over hacking concerns. Article