Samsung Pay launches in U.S. market; Vodafone, Liberty Global abandon talks

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> In Washington, D.C., Verizon said it recorded network traffic up to ten times normal levels during the Pope's visit there. Post

> Deutsche Telekom's 5G:haus said it recently completed a test of self-interference cancellation (SIC) technology with Kumu Networks. Release

> LG is now selling laptops in the United States. Cnet article

> Vodafone and Liberty Global have abandoned talks about a swap of business assets. Reuters article

> Silent Circle released the Blackphone 2. Release

> Samsung Pay launched in the United States. Phone Scoop article

> Qualcomm said it will invest $150 million into India. Release

> ATIS and the NGMN Alliance said they will team up for 5G. Advanced Television article

> iTalk Inc. said it will acquire United Mobile Solutions Corp. Release

Telecom News

> RCN Business may be aggressively expanding its fiber network, but its move to provide 330 Mbps to small to medium businesses in New York shows that its existing hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network is still a viable mechanism to address business customers. Article

> AT&T is continuing with its 1 Gbps FTTH service expansion drive, announcing that it is lighting service in two more Texas cities this week -- San Antonio and neighboring New Braunfels -- and in Orlando, Fla. Article

Wireless Tech News

> An Australian company wants to solve the problem encountered when trying to locate people indoors -- and it wants to use a sort of ground-based replica of the GPS system to do so. First, however, it has some more work to do. Article

> According to software developer Openwave Mobility, encrypted data now makes up 60 percent of mobile network traffic and, if trends continue, will make up 80 percent of that traffic in some regions within the next year. The company said this is posing a real problem for network optimization, as carriers are unable to pinpoint users' needs thanks to encryption. Article

European Wireless News

> TeliaSonera said SVP Malin Frenning will leave the company as it moves to combine its Commercial and Technology groups, and announced that Emil Nilsson will head up its newly formed Region Eurasia division. Article

Cable News

> Just weeks after it agreed to pay $2.4 billion to acquire rival Meredith, Media General is now itself the target of a hostile takeover bid, with Nexstar Broadcasting Group bidding $4.1 billion for the station group. Article

> Cablevision is downplaying a shareholder lawsuit filed against it in a Delaware federal court, which is looking to stop the $17.7 million takeover of the company by European telecom magnet Altice NV. Article

And finally… BlackBerry's CEO had some trouble demonstrating the company's new Android phone. Article