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> Alibaba is purchasing a $590 million minority stake in smartphone maker Meizu. Article

> RadioShack will accept bids for liquidation of the company's assets. Article

> British chip designer ARM said it purchased Offspark, which targets the Internet of Things sector. Article

> The co-founders of Meraki, which was acquired by Cisco in 2013, have left the company. Article

> Samsung's first Tizen smartphone, the Z1, has been reviewed as a "bad Android clone." Article

> According to one financial analyst, Apple captured 93 percent of the smartphone industry's profits in the fourth quarter. Article

> According to a new report, Apple is focusing on stability in its forthcoming iOS 9 operating system. Article

> Corning announced Project Phire, which the company said hopes to meld its super-tough Gorilla Glass screen technology with aspects of sapphire. Article

> Wall Street investors are increasingly salivating at the notion that private equity companies could bid for Motorola Solutions. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Google and Qualcomm are battling over how to best use the guard bands in the 600 MHz spectrum that is scheduled to be auctioned. Article

> Now that NTT DoCoMo verified its Advanced C-RAN network in an outdoor commercial environment, it's free and clear to commercially deploy the technology with its LTE-Advanced network in March. Article

> Executives from Google, Nokia Networks and startup Federated Wireless said that they see momentum behind the creation of an ecosystem for devices and network equipment for the 3.5 GHz band. The FCC aims to use the band to create a so-called Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) with a three-tiered spectrum sharing system, and the executives said interested stakeholders are starting to work on how to overcome technical hurdles to the service. Article

Telecom News

> Frontier Communications may be another traditional wireline telco that has to abide by a host of FCC rules, including the move to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Telecom Act of 1996, but that's just fine for CEO Maggie Wilderotter. Article

> Service provider interest in hybrid cloud continues to mount. According to a new Infonetics Research report, 82 percent of service providers surveyed said they plan on offering a hybrid cloud as a service (CaaS) by next year. Article

Cable News

> Sling TV, the new over-the-top service currently being rolled out by Dish Network, announced Monday the addition of AMC Networks channels to its core offering, as well as the introduction of a new $5-a-month add-on programming bundle focused on sports. Article

European Wireless News

> Telenor reported earnings growth at its two key Asian units for the fourth quarter of 2014, although both DiGi and Grameenphone were slightly behind expectations according to Reuters. Article

> UK businesses are losing £32.7 million (€44 million/$439.8 million) a week as 43 per cent of employees spend an hour or more searching for reliable mobile phone signals to make work-related calls. Article

And finally… Netflix is reportedly preparing a live-action "Legend of Zelda" series. Article