Samsung tipped to release Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+ in August; Republic Wireless starts selling Moto E LTE

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> The National Association of Broadcasters said the FCC's simulations on various scenarios for the broadcast incentive auction raise serious concerns. Filing

> Samsung will reportedly announce both its Galaxy S6 Edge+ and its Galaxy Note 5 big-screened smartphones on Aug. 12. SamMobile article

> MVNO Republic Wireless announced that it is offering the entry-level Motorola Moto E 4G LTE smartphone for $129 without a contract. CNET article

> Google introduced a new format called Eddystone that lets electronic beacons provide more specific locations and other information within applications. Bloomberg article

> ZTE announced the Axon phone, the first in what will be a line of flagship smartphones aimed at the U.S. market. PhoneScoop article

> Apple is being sued by Probendi, an Irish software development studio, which owns the iWatch trademark in Europe, even though Apple's smart watch product is called the Apple Watch. Bloomberg article

> Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand launched a Netgear mobile hotspot and two new mobile hotspot data plans. Release  

Installer News

> Parallel Wireless is testing its equipment for public safety interoperability in New Hampshire. The equipment is being used by first responders in the New Hampshire towns of Milford, Wilton and Mount Vernon. Article

> Ruckus Wireless has announced the ZoneFlex P300 bridge system, an outdoor Smart Wi-Fi bridging system. The ZoneFlex P300 was designed for high-density user environments such as business parks, school campuses, urban centers, warehouses and other outdoor venues. Article

Online Video News

> Hulu certainly hasn't been idle, increasing its online reach by making its free version available on Pluto.TV and adding some forays into original content. With the premium OTT segment apparently about to go seismic, "just wait 'til next year" may be the only phrase we can go with, for now. Editor's Corner

> Netflix's prospects for success in Japan, its future content strategy, and its potential bandwidth challenges as ISPs like Charter Communications grow their broadband footprint are among the topics analysts will likely want to hear about when the SVOD market leader discusses its second-quarter earnings results. Article

European Wireless News

> Telecom Italia has now rebranded its fixed, mobile and Internet services under the TIM brand on the 20th anniversary since the erstwhile mobile-only brand was first launched. Article

> Nokia's HERE mapping and location services business began a push to create a global standard for contactless transport ticketing payments using Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled mobile phones. Article

Cable News

> DirecTV and the NFL have been hit with the second class-action antitrust lawsuit in less than a month over their NFL Sunday Ticket games package. Article

> Pay-TV multiscreen vendor Synacor has announced a deal with Siemens Convergence Creators to become a preferred provider of Siemens OTT Swipe technology. Article

Telecom News

> Digital Realty, a colocation and data center provider, is acquiring Telx from its private equity firm owners ABRY Partners and Berkshire Partners for $1.9 billion, a deal that will immediately enhance its data center footprint. Article

> Adtran reported that second quarter 2015 revenues dropped year-over-year to $160 million, down from $176 million in the same period a year ago, due to sequential declines in its Business Networking and Loop Access product segments. Article

And finally… A federal appeals court has ruled that AT&T may prohibit its unionized field technicians from wearing white t-shirts with black stripes displaying the phrase "Prisoner of AT$T." Article

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