Samsung announces new Galaxy phones; Google to shutter Quickoffice apps, Orkut service

Quick news from around the Web.

> LG Electronics joined the Open Automotive Alliance, which includes companies like Google, General Motors, Hyundai, Honda and Nvidia. Release

> According to LightSquared's bankruptcy judge, the company is successfully moving through the process albeit without Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen, who "wasted the parties and the mediator's time and resources." Article

> Google plans to shut down its Orkut social networking platform. Article

> Google is delaying support for multiple languages in Google Now. Article

> Microsoft appears to be preparing a function that will allow Windows Phone users to put apps in folders. Article

> Google will no longer offer separate Quickoffice apps. Article

> Samsung announced the new Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Star 2, Galaxy Ace 4 and Galaxy Young 2. Article

> Osper, a bank for smartphone users, has raised $10 million in funding. Article

> Intel's Thomas Kilroy, the company's global sales and marketing chief, will step down from his position. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi technology now has a large-scale municipal footprint in San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., thanks to the efforts of both cities in partnership with equipment vendor Ruckus Wireless and Global Reach, which is providing device provisioning and unified authentication services. Article

> AT&T and the WiMAX Forum are finding problems with the FCC's 3.5 GHz plan. Article

Telecom News

> Alpheus Communications is going to spend up to $12 million to increase its fiber network footprint in Houston and Dallas. Article

> Consolidated Communications has reached an agreement to acquire all 13.8 million shares of Enventis, formerly HickoryTech, for about $350 million. Article

Cable News

> Set-top and multiscreen technology developer Alticast announced the hiring of former Time Warner Cable engineering executive Bill Helms as chief architect and senior VP of technology. Article

> Fox is using the Aereo precedent in its two-year-old battle with Dish Network and its Hopper DVR. Article

European Wireless News

> Deutsche Telekom launched joyn services in Romania and Slovakia on Monday using U.S. company Jibe Mobile's IP cloud network, in a bid to compete against over-the-top (OTT) video and messaging services. Article

> The voluntary offer launched by América Móvil in May for shares in Telekom Austria that are not already owned by the Mexican group or its partner, Austrian state holding company ÖIAG, has now become mandatory. Article

And finally… Facebook's tinkering with users' emotions via its news feed has sparked an outcry. Article

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