Northstar Wireless may appeal FCC decision on AWS-3 bidding credits; Microsoft debuts competitor to Google's Now on Tap

More wireless news from across the Web:

> SoftBank President Nikesh Arora said he plans to buy about 60 billion yen ($483 million) of the company's shares, saying he wants to make a "personal bet" as a measure of his commitment. Bloomberg article

> Northstar Wireless, a designated entity affiliated with Dish Network, said it may appeal the FCC's decision to deny it another Dish DE, $3.3 billion in bidding credits in the AWS-3 spectrum auction. Release

> Microsoft introduced a new feature to its Bing search app for Android that provides more information on what users are reading about, similar to Google's forthcoming Now on Tap feature. VentureBeat article

> Siklu, a millimeter-wave technology company, closed an $18 million Series-D funding round. Release

> Ericsson said it has provided Switzerland's leading operator Swisscom with Europe's first fully commercial LTE-Advanced three-carrier aggregation solution combining LTE in both FDD and TDD modes. Release

> Verizon Wireless is still evaluating whether to support Samsung Pay for mobile payments. ZDNet article

> T-Mobile US is selling the new Tile Bluetooth tag, which can be used to locate lost phones or keys. TMoNews article

> ZTE announced that it has applied for over 50 new core patents for its global flagship Axon phone. Release

> Samsung Electronics is taking pre-orders for a new, faster wireless charging pad, but it's back-ordered and doesn't have an estimated ship date. Engadget article

> WhatsApp has extended its WhatsApp Web functionality to iOS devices. PhoneScoop article

 Wireless Tech News

> In case there were any doubt, it's becoming clearer every day that it's no joke: That old, staid telecom giant known as AT&T is actually turning its engineering ship around in a big, big way, and it's not your grandfather's or grandmother's network anymore. Editor's Corner

> As expected, analysts at Wells Fargo Securities say all four nationwide U.S. wireless carriers ramped up capital spending in the second quarter after a dismal first quarter, and they expect AT&T and T-Mobile US to spend more in the third quarter than they did in the second. Article

Cable News

> With declining advertising rates and market share, Wall Street analysts are lowering their outlooks on Viacom on worries that the programmer will suffer the brunt of the cord-cutting trend due to its relatively young viewership and lack of sports programming. And it is exactly those issues that are sparking concerns that other MVPDs will join Suddenlink and Cable One in dropping Viacom's channel lineup altogether. Article

> Cox Communications, the nation's sixth largest pay-TV operator, quietly entered the video game space last year with its flarePlay video game subscription package. The offering is notable considering Comcast recently made a noisy -- albeit poorly received -- splash into the streaming video game business with its Xfinity Games service, which offers users access to a handful of EA games. Article

Telecom News

> Vonage is on the acquisition trail again, announcing that it is purchasing iCore Networks for $92 million, a deal that will enhance the service provider's growing Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) service set for business customers. Article

> CenturyLink has begun trialing a new 100 Mbps service over its existing copper network for consumer and business customers in Salt Lake City. Article

And finally… Google said 0.000001 percent of disk space was permanently wiped from discs at one of its data centers in Belgium after the local power grid was struck by lightning four times. Article

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