Samsung and Barnes & Noble plan Nook tablets; Twitter buys Namo

Quick news from around the Web.

> Apple is reportedly producing its TV ads in-house. Article

> AT&T said it plans to pilot a new service that "arms companies with the ability to confirm the location of participating customers who opt-in to advanced protection against fraud when they travel internationally." Release

> Google is offering developers a Project Tango test tablet for around $1,000. Article

> Samsung and Barnes & Noble plan to produce Nook tablets. Article

> BlackBerry's QNX subsidiary announced a new operating system for cars geared toward safety. Article

> Twitter said it acquired Namo Media for mobile ads. Post

> Nokia announced it purchased Mesaplexx, which makes radio frequency filter technology. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Intel's new Skylake platform will ditch cables thanks to WiGig and Rezence technology. Article

> Sprint is jumping into LTE Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation later this year as part of its Sprint Spark initiative, and the operator is also taking hard looks at numerous other cutting-edge technologies, such as SON and even Cloud RAN, for inclusion in its long-term roadmap, said a top executive. Article

> Athena Wireless is hoping to get its small cells into FirstNet's blueprint. Article

Telecom News

> Ciena reported that fiscal second-quarter revenue rose 10 percent to $560 million, up from $508 million in the fiscal second quarter of 2013, due to an uptick in packet optical and packet networking revenues. Article

> FairPoint is serving up 100 Mbps fiber-based broadband service in southern New Hampshire. Article

Cable News

> One week after launching a subscription-based a la carte online channel, Tennis Channel digital media chief Adam Ware touted what he called "hybrid" TV Everywhere programming outlets as an effective offset to the forces of pay TV dis-aggregation. Article

And finally… SoftBank plans to staff its stores with emotional robots. Article


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