NSA's phone metadata collection program ruled illegal by appeals court; Nintendo expects profits to boom with smartphone games

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"Appeals court rules NSA phone program not authorized by Patriot Act http://on.wsj.com/1KOKY6p  via @WSJ" --@FierceWireless

> Some Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge models use a Sony IMX240 imaging sensor while others use Samsung's own ISOCELL sensor. Samsung says it is fine with this because all of the components meet its standards. Article

> Huawei opened a research institute in Brussels in a bid to deepen its ties to Europe. Article

> Nokia Networks said partner Check Point Software Technologies is the first vendor to provide its firewall for certification and integration with Nokia's telco cloud security solution. Release

> Nintendo said its forthcoming entrance into smartphone games will help it double annual operating profit in the year through March. Article

> Zynga plans to cut around 18 percent of its workforce and focus on developing fewer mobile games. Article (sub. req.) 

> Home Depot wants to add support for Apple Pay but a deal isn't in place yet. Article

> The City Council in Mountain View, Calif., voted to give LinkedIn the majority of square feet of available commercial real-estate square footage for a new campus in a part of town, putting the kibosh on Google's plans to expand its campus with several new buildings.  Article

Wireless Tech News

> It's pretty clear what Google thinks of the National Association of Broadcasters' "emergency" petition asking the FCC to fix serious design flaws in its TV white space (TVWS) database system. In a word, "preposterous" might sum it up. Article

> HP is touting its new NFV System, a pre-integrated network functions virtualization platform designed to enable communication service providers to accelerate production NFV deployments. Article

> CableLabs wants to use Clearwire's 2.5 GHz spectrum to test how LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) co-exist with Wi-Fi networks. Article

Telecom News

> USTelecom has appointed Robert Hunt, vice president of regulatory and business operations for Texas-based independent telco GVTC, as chairman of its board of directors. Article

> Lumos Networks says that as it moves forward with its fiber-to-the-cell (FTTC) initiative, it expects that legacy TDM-based T-1 revenue will fade out of its wholesale wireless backhaul revenue at some point in 2016. Article

> After coming off a union strike that posed several challenges for the telco, FairPoint Communications is considering its future as a telco and part of that story could include some kind of merger or acquisition with another telco or other company, CEO Paul Sunu told investors during the company's first-quarter earnings call. Article

Cable News

> The cable industry should stop worrying about user profiles, recommendation services, voice-activated channel surfing and other UI perks, and it should start worrying about the content it is preventing its users from seeing. Commentary

> Comcast expanded its 4K service with a new set-top box that brings the conglomerate's growing 4K lineup to the X1 platform. Article

> Making about as overt a gesture as you're ever likely to see at a trade show, Cablevision CEO James Dolan told an INTX panel audience, in very few uncertain words, that he'd like Time Warner Cable to buy his company. Article

And finally… A Virginia woman sued Verizon Wireless for $2.35 million, claiming the carrier caused her to have a heart attack during a customer service call. Article