Samsung dealt a blow in patent fight with Apple; Google gets more time from EU to respond to antitrust charges

More wireless news from across the Web:

A federal appeals court denied Samsung Electronics' petition to get a rehearing of its patent-infringement case with Apple. Bloomberg article

> AT&T outscored other wireless carriers for the overall ranking of "highest satisfaction with the purchase experience among full service wireless providers," according to J.D. Power. Release

> Apple says it's making progress in hiring women and underrepresented minorities, but overall there was little change in its workforce composition. USA Today article

> Samsung co-CEO JK Shin said that the next Gear VR will hit the market "soon" but said the precise launch date is "a surprise." CNET article Samsung will also unveil a new smart watch, the Gear S2, next month. The Verge article

> Google has been given an extra two weeks to counter European Union charges of abusing its market power. Reuters article

> Microsoft launched Photo Story, a new Windows Phone app that uses computer vision and machine learning to generate videos from photos taken on your phone. VentureBeat article

> The UK government announced plans to trial wireless charging for electric vehicles. ZDNet article

European Wireless News

> UK telecoms regulator Ofcom launched a mobile coverage tool it said offers greater accuracy than coverage checkers provided by the country's mobile operators. Article

> Qualcomm made good on its plan to auction off L-band spectrum owned by its Qualcomm UK Spectrum (QUKS) subsidiary, striking deals with Vodafone UK and Three UK worth at least £100 million ($156 million). Article

Cable News

> Sluggish negotiations for program licensing are reportedly causing Apple to push back its launch date for a new streaming pay-TV service to 2016. Article

> A fourth class-action anti-trust lawsuit has been initiated against the NFL, along with DirecTV and its new corporate parent, AT&T, over the NFL Sunday Ticket out-of-market games package. Article

Telecom News

> Time Warner Cable is highlighting its growing portfolio of backhaul services, noting in a blog post that the company has nearly 20,000 cell towers wired for cellular backhaul service. That figure is important because it shows how important wholesale services have become to cable MSOs, particularly as residential video subscriber numbers are dropping. Article

> The global market for software-defined networking (SDN) software, hardware and services is expected to skyrocket from $103 million in 2014 to $5.7 billion in 2019, according to IHS. The research firm, in its latest IHS Infonetics SDN study, also said that the industry is still early in this SDN transformation and it won't be until 2016 to 2020 that the industry will have widespread commercial deployments of SDN. Article

And finally… Dimensions for the rumored LG and Huawei Nexus phones were revealed in a new leak. Article

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