Report: FCC to approve AT&T purchase of DirecTV today; EU approves Nokia merger with Alcatel-Lucent

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Honda announced it will support both Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay in its upcoming 2016 Accord. Phone Scoop article

> Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will recall 1.4 million U.S. vehicles in order to patch a software hole that would allow hackers to kill drivers' engines. Engadget article

> Google, Verizon and others are working to develop an air-traffic-control system for drones. Article

> Google said it will provide improved voicemail transcription services on its Voice service. Gizmodo article

> According to Reuters, the FCC could officially approve AT&T's purchase of DirecTV today. Article

> 3D, virtual-reality video is headed to YouTube's smartphone app. Engadget article

> The European Union has given its blessing to the proposed union between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent. Article

Telecom News

> Verizon wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union said they will reveal the results of the strike authorization votes taken over the last two weeks during a rally to be held on Saturday. Article

> Cox Communications is gearing up to bring its 1 Gbps G1GABLAST service to residential customers in Louisiana, setting another competitive challenge to AT&T (NYSE: T), which has yet to target the state with its own FTTH service. Article

European Wireless News

> A Nokia deal to sell its HERE navigation business to a consortium of German car makers for between €2.5 billion ($2.7 billion) and €3 billion is likely to move forward if the parties can agree on who would own key HERE patents following the sale. Article

> Telecom Italia confirmed plans to cut about 1,700 jobs and delay a scheme that would have seen the Italian operator hire up to 4,000 young people under a government proposal. Article

Cable News

> Comcast will begin trials of DOCSIS 3.1 in unspecified markets in the fourth quarter of this year, the company said in its second-quarter earnings report. Article

And finally… Ikea introduced a placemat that has a pocket for a smartphone. Article

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