Samsung likely to out Galaxy Note 4 on Sept. 3; Microsoft loses $1.7B on Surface tablets

Quick news from around the Web.

> Samsung Electronics likely will announce the Galaxy Note 4 on Sept. 3. Article

> Apple filed a trademark for HealthKit that hints at watches, fitness sensors and medical devices. Article

> President Obama offered a forceful defense of net neutrality. Article

> Sony is quitting its PlayStation Mobile Android efforts. Article

> Microsoft has lost $1.7 billion on its Surface tablets. Article

> Lenovo announced its new Vibe Z2 pro flagship Android smartphone. Article

> China has excluded Apple products from the list of devices that can be purchased with public money. Article

Online Video News

> Even as Amazon announced the availability of more channels and apps on its new Fire TV, a sour note sounded for one streaming device maker. Apple TV sales are slowing, even as the market continues to grow, a new Strategy Analytics report says. Article

> Integrated search is one of the next, and most challenging frontiers for both online video and TV Everywhere. And according to TiVo CEO Tom Rogers, Web search engine providers like Google or Microsoft won't lead the way. Article

Telecom News

> Frontier Communications reported that despite seeing a dip in overall revenues, residential revenue rose slightly by 0.2 percent sequentially to $497 million, up from $496 million in the first quarter. Article

> Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, recently caught up with Rand Currier, COO of Granite Communications, at the company's Quincy, Mass., headquarters to talk about Granite's growth strategy, customer philosophy and why POTS services still matter to large multi-site businesses. Hot Seat

Cable News

> Dish Network reported a second-quarter profit of $216.3 million, or 46 cents a share, vs. a year-ago loss of $11.1 million, driven by a 5.7 percent spike in revenue to $3.69 billion. Article

> Ramping down what might be the most consolidated bargaining threat the pay-TV industry has ever seen, 21st Century Fox top executive Rupert Murdoch has pulled his company's $80 billion offer to buy Time Warner Inc. Article

European Wireless News

> Vodafone Egypt signed a "first of its kind" managed services contract with Ericsson covering field maintenance and network quality improvements in the greater Cairo area, the equipment manufacturer revealed. Article

> Telefónica said Vivendi could buy up to 8.3 per cent of Telecom Italia's voting share capital as part of a broader plan that could also see the Spanish operator buy Brazilian broadband provider Global Village Telecom (GVT) from the French group. Article

And finally… Russian hackers have reportedly stolen 1 billion Internet passwords. Article

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