Samsung reportedly will develop a smart watch with mobile payment capability; Google names mobile ad exec

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Google won't earn any transaction fees from credit-card issuers for its coming mobile payments service, unlike Apple, because of evolving ground rules for the services. Article

> Samsung Electronics reportedly plans to offer a smart watch with a mobile payments function in the second half of the year. Article

> Google said executive Sissie Hsiao is taking over as its director for all mobile ads, including AdMob, the mobile exchange. Article

> Orange has no plans to quit Israel, according to Orange CEO Stephane Richard. Article

> The top-ranked analyst covering HTC is predicting the company's financial troubles will continue. Article

> Can Swiss watchmakers survive the digital age? Article

Wireless Tech News

> BMW Group hopes to be able to shorten the search for vacant on-street parking in the future through work in its Dynamic Parking Prediction research project. Article

> Just in time for summer, Time Warner Cable says it has expanded its outdoor Wi-Fi network to three new cities--Dallas and San Antonio in Texas and Raleigh, N.C., so it now offers more than 100,000 TWC Wi-Fi Hotspots across its national Wi-Fi network. Article

Cable News

> Disclosing details of its early regulatory meetings with the FCC in the run up to review of the $57 billion Time Warner Cable merger, Charter Communications said new FCC net neutrality laws will not restrict investments made in its network. Article

> In the near term, expect Comcast to focus on bite-sized acquisitions, such as last week's purchase of advanced advertising startup Visible World, rather than large mega-mergers, such as the scrubbed $45 billion Time Warner Cable purchase. Article

Telecom News

> CenturyLink and its government systems partner LGS Innovations have been tapped by the Department of Defense (DoD) to upgrade the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN) to support 40 Gbps at five of its supercomputing locations. Article

> Inteliquent has named former Sprint executive Matt Carter to take over the reins of the company as its new president and CEO, signaling another step in the company's ongoing transition to refocus its efforts on the voice services space. Article

European Wireless News

> Qualcomm said it will begin trading L-band spectrum owned by subsidiary Qualcomm UK Spectrum (QUKS) following a recent European Commission decision to utilize the spectrum to boost downlink data rates in mobile networks. Article

> Liberty Global is reportedly still plotting a full merger with Vodafone even after the UK-based mobile operator last week confirmed talks on an asset swap but said it was not in discussions on a potential combination of the two telecoms giants. Article

And finally… South Korean authorities will track the mobile phones of hundreds of people under quarantine to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Article

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