Report: Amazon's smartphone to feature Prime Data; Google buys Foxconn patents

Quick news from around the Web.

> According to a new survey, around 21 percent of smartphone owners cite "price" as the main reason they chose their particular device. Post

> According to a report from BGR, Amazon's rumored smartphone will include Prime Data, which could make Amazon's services less expensive to access. Article

> Verizon Wireless is warning customers it may track their behavior on their cell phones and their desktop and Wi-Fi-connected computers and sell that data to advertisers. Article

> Google purchased patents covering communications technologies from Foxconn. Article

> Broadcom reported financials that exceeded analysts' expectations. Article

> Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe reportedly reached a $324 million settlement over hiring practices. Article

> FreedomPop is now allowing customers to bring their existing Sprint devices to the MVNO. Article

> Vic Gundotra, the Google executive who led the creation of the social networking platform Google+, is leaving the company. Article

Online Video News

> Video streams on Amazon's Prime Instant Video service "nearly tripled" in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. The online giant touted new products in its earnings release, like Fire TV and its HBO content deal, while minimizing more worrisome aspects of its financials, like its spiraling expenses. Article

Telecom News

> Hawaiian Telcom is the latest traditional telco to see copper cable theft incidents rising in its service area, reporting that thieves recently stole about 300 feet of cable in Kalaeloa, near the now closed Barbers Point Naval Air Station (NAS). Article

> The FCC is moving ahead with the second phase of its Connect America Fund (CAF) program, which is being used to move government subsidies from traditional POTS phone service to broadband in high-cost rural areas, drawing a mix of criticism and praise. Article

Cable News

> Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications and RCN have followed the lead of their European MVPD counterparts and added Netflix as an app on TV lineups available through their TiVo-enabled set-top boxes. Netflix predicted the announcement of a U.S.-based set-top integration during an earnings call earlier in the week. Article

European Wireless News

> KPN remains confident its financial performance will stabilize toward the end of 2014, despite a near 100 per cent drop in net profit in the first quarter of the year. Article

> Rajeev Suri was again tipped to be named as Nokia's new CEO when the company reports first-quarter 2014 results on April 29, as the company also prepares to complete the sale of its devices business to Microsoft. Article

> América Móvil finally reached an accord with the Austrian state to increase its control over Telekom Austria. While the general reaction is that the Carlos Slim-owned group plans to use the Austrian incumbent as a starting point for his European growth ambitions, doubts remain over the future strategy. Article

And finally… Russian president Vladimir Putin called the Internet a "CIA project." Article

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