Qualcomm backs Windows Phone in smartphone race; Google's Nexus 5 pegged for Nov. 1 launch

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@FierceWireless: Blackberry not a strategic fit for us: SAP CFO in magazine. Article via @reuters[email protected]

> Qualcomm is betting on Microsoft's Windows Phone as the world's third-place smartphone operating system. Article

> Google's rumored Nexus 5 will reportedly launch Nov. 1. Article

> Deutsche Telekom's CEO has stepped down from T-Mobile US' board. Article

> AT&T is continuing to ramp up its employee base in North Carolina with a new hiring drive to fill 100 job posts, including about 30 new technician and retail positions, as it expands wireline and wireless services throughout the state. Article

> Leap Wireless' Cricket will sell the iPhone 5s for $599 and the iPhone 5c for $499. Article

> U.S. Cellular announced it would sell the iPad Air starting Nov. 8. Article

> Sprint and U.S. Cellular are now selling the Motorola Moto X for $99 with a service contract. Article

> In an effort to refute charges from Muddy Water that it is falsifying sales reports, NQ Mobile released details of its bank account. Article

> Samsung Electronics is preparing to hold its first developer's conference. Article

> Samsung made more of its smartphones compatible with tis Galaxy Gear smart watch. Release

Wireless Tech News

> It is no secret that U.S. cable TV operators are  jumping into Wi-Fi big time, and one industry executive is forecasting they could collectively deploy and run half a million Wi-Fi hotspots in the near future. Article

> Indoor positioning based upon LED visible light spectrum gained a vote of confidence as ByteLight closed a $3 million Series A round of funding contributed by institutional and individual investors. Article

> The Special Review Committee investigating the board of the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) may be relieved of its duties with further investigation being turned over to the Commerce Department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Article

Cable News

> More than four weeks after losing the feeds for Turner Broadcasting-owned networks, Cable One said Friday that it signed a new contract allowing it to carry TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, CNN, Boomerang, TCM and truTV. Article

> Comcast confirmed that it is testing a low-cost bundle of services that includes HBO, TV Everywhere service HBO Go, local broadcast channels and high-speed Internet access. Article

European Wireless News

> According to one analyst, Apple's iPhones still too expensive for emerging markets. Article

> Telefónica has made progress with talks on the sale of its Czech unit to billionaire Peter Kellner's PPF Group and is coming close to an agreement on a deal, Bloomberg reported. Article

> Belgian cable group Telenet posted core profits that were higher than expected in the third quarter and attributed this pleasing result to strong growth in its mobile business as well as solid adoption of its triple-play plans. Article

And finally… Auto maker Tesla hired Apple's Mac hardware vice president, Doug Field. Article