Samsung may launch Gear VR at IFA; Sprint debuts ZTE-made hotspot/projector combo device

Quick news from around the Web.

> Sprint will begin selling SprintLivePro, a ZTE-made combination mobile hotspot, mini-projector device July 11. Release

> Android's standard phone wiping doesn't delete all personal data, according to a security software vendor. Article

> Samsung is reportedly working on a virtual reality device, called the "Gear VR," that will be announced at IFA 2014. Article

> Ericsson opened its fourth global network operations center in India. Article

> Verizon reveals that in the first six months of 2014, the company received nearly 149,000 requests for customer data from the government.  Article

> A new eBay store has appeared that sells a number of iPhone 5 models, ranging in price from $449 to $499 and is suspected to be run by Apple.  Article

> Apple has hired two engineers from the Nike Fuelband team. Article

> A German court has ordered Motorola Deutschland and Motorola Mobility USA to stop selling mobile phones in Germany because they infringe on patents owned by LPKF Laser & Electronics AG. Article

Telecom News

> Alcatel-Lucent claims to have hit a new broadband speed record of 10 Gbps using traditional copper telephone lines and prototype technology in Bell Labs tests.  Article

> The fate of Burlington Telecom is in the hands of Vermont's Public Service Board, which is mulling a city-backed proposal to sell off the publicly owned company's assets to a private investor.  Article

> América Móvil announced that it would sell off "certain assets … to a new and solid carrier independent from América Móvil with experience in the telecommunications sector."  Article

Cable News

> Block Communications has agreed to buy MetroCast cable systems serving 45,000 subscribers across the Mississippi from Harron Communications. Article

> Comcast is seeking approval from the SEC for an ad campaign that says its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable will help 1.2 million low-income families and 30,000 U.S. schools connect to the Internet. Article

European Wireless News

> The UK's Post Office, a retailer of mail, financial and fixed-line services, is planning to enter the wireless market as an MVNO after reaching a wholesale agreement with network operator EE. Article

> Alcatel-Lucent became the latest vendor to benefit from Vodafone's $12 billion Project Spring network investment plan, after being picked as the operator's supplier of reference for LTE metro cells that come integrated with Wi-Fi. Article

And finally… The UK has joined the U.S. and banned uncharged electronic devices from flights in and out of the country.  Article

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