Obama administration backs off law requiring decryption of communications; Facebook likely won't make another smartphone

More wireless news from across the Web:

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said the wireless industry needs more spectrum and that the government should be willing to repurpose more spectrum in federal hands for commercial wireless use. Re/code article Lawmakers in the House agree. The Hill article

> The Obama administration has made a long-awaited decision and will not call for legislation requiring companies to decode messages for law enforcement, but will continue trying to persuade companies to create a way for the government to access people's data when needed for criminal or terrorism investigations. Washington Post article

> Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg suggested that a 5G network with very low latency could allow autonomous cars to talk to one another in the future. Re/code article

> Facebook will "probably not" be making another smartphone after the failure of its first attempt two years ago, according to David Marcus, Facebook's vice president of messaging products. CNET article

> California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which prohibits any state law enforcement agency or other investigative entity from forcing a business to turn over any metadata or digital communications without a warrant. Wired article

> Apple said iPhone 6s and 6s Plus availability is expanding to more than 40 countries, the majority of which are in Europe. MacRumors article

> Apple has started selling unlocked units of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus at its online store. The Verge article

> Starbucks will begin accepting Apple Pay in a pilot program starting later this year, and KFC and Chili's restaurants also will begin accepting Apple Pay in 2016. Reuters article

> Apple removed certain content blocking apps from the App Store over concerns that users' data could be exposed to third parties. TheNextWeb article

European Wireless News

> Swisscom said it will launch a 5G network in 2020 as part of a three-step plan designed to enable the operator to meet soaring demand for mobile data. Article

> A new report from the GSMA forecasts there will be 386 million unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa by the end of this year, equivalent to 41 percent of the region's population. Article

> Alcatel-Lucent will be responsible for the deployment of the LTE technology for the planned European Aviation Network, confirming previous reports that the vendor was working with Deutsche Telekom on the ground network for the hybrid LTE/satellite network. Article

Cable News

> Situated in New Orleans next week, will SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo 2015 be able to halt attendance declines, which reached 7 percent last year when the show was based in Denver, right in the heart of cable country? Editor's Corner

> Comcast said it is now selling products from third parties that work with its Xfinity Home security and home automation platform. The company announced its intent to integrate third-party products into the offering in May, and today the company said it is now selling its initial batch of integrated products. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T is finding that Network on Demand services are resonating in the marketplace as it now has over 200 customers worldwide. Article

> Verizon is fighting claims that it is overcharging its wholesale customers for its TDM and IP-based special access services. Article

And finally… Facebook is going to be testing "Reactions" to posts, which include Like, Love, Haha, Yay, Wow, Sad, and Angry. Post

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