Novatel fires CEO Alex Mashinsky, names Sue Swenson new chief; LG starts shipping V10 phone

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Novatel Wireless shook up its executive suite, abruptly firing CEO Alex Mashinsky and naming current board chairwoman Sue Swenson as new CEO. Swenson will continue leading FirstNet. San Diego Union-Tribune article

> LG Electronics' high-end V10 smartphone will begin to reach customers worldwide starting this week. The phone will make its debut in the United States, China and Hong Kong, followed by key markets in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Commonwealth of Independent States throughout the fourth quarter. Release

> Microsoft released another technical preview of Windows 10 Mobile aimed at cleaning up bugs and improving performance. PhoneScoop article

> Facebook is launching a new ad format called "Slideshow" aimed at adapting video ads to emerging markets where 2G networks are common. Business Insider article

> Wireless veteran John Stanton was named to Costco's board. Release

> Anite signed an agreement with Ericsson for the access to the company's OSS interfaces. Release

European Wireless News

> Telefónica and networks institute IMDEA Networks have teamed up to create what they describe as "Spain's first laboratory of 5G excellence," saying that the key goals are to create an open ecosystem for "innovation and investigation" by bringing industry and the academic world together. Article

> Nokia Networks struck a $1 billion (€908 million) deal with China Mobile covering the supply of TD-LTE infrastructure as part of the operator's plan to build the world's largest network based on the technology. Article

Cable News

> Programming networks are not doing a good enough job with securing authentication on multiscreen apps and are "devaluing their programming" as a result, said Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge, speaking to investors during his MSO's third-quarter conference call yesterday. Article

> Describing the streaming video service his MSO is currently testing in New York, Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus emphasized the ability of the service to dramatically reduce the company's spending on set-tops and truck rolls. At the same time, Marcus seemed to downplay the notion that the service will be an over-the-top play targeting millennial-aged consumers. Article

Telecom News

> CenturyLink has added fiber links to five more CyrusOne data centers, bringing its total to 12. The telco said there are now a dozen CyrusOne data centers directly connected to CenturyLink's 250,000-route-mile fiber network and 300,000-mile international transport network. Article

> TDS Telecom is pushing ahead with its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and IPTV deployments, rolling out service in two more markets in the third quarter bringing its total footprint to 22 markets, or 20 percent of its total footprint. Article

And finally… T-Mobile CEO John Legere tells "ghost stories" about other carriers. Post