Saygus to sell V2 Android phone for $550 for pre-orderers; Samsung to reportedly make some TouchWiz elements optional

Quick news from around the Web.

> Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a $32.5 million deal between the city and the nation's four largest wireless carriers to upgrade the wireless network in the city's subway system. Release

> Verizon Wireless said it will allow users to opt out of its "super cookies." Article

> A top Qualcomm executive said there are no problems with the company's Snapdragon 810 chip, despite the chip having been dropped from a major flagship phone by an unnamed Qualcomm smartphone customer. Article

> OnePlus said its Android-based operating system for its phones will be called OxygenOS. Article

> The MVNO Karma said its Karma Go device is almost ready to be released. Post

> Saygus is selling its V2 Android phone for $550 to those who want to pre-order the gadget. Article

> Samsung is reportedly planning to make most of its TouchWiz user interface elements an optional download to Galaxy smartphone owners, instead of building the items into the company's phones. Article

> Google's fourth-quarter financials came in below expectations, but investors still cheered the company's momentum. Article

> Significant growth in the number of Amazon's Prime customers helped the company surpass fourth-quarter financial expectations. Article

> Broadcom's fourth-quarter results surpassed Wall Street expectations. Article

Telecom News

> Google Fiber's expansion efforts help highlight the lack of broadband competition in the United States. Editor's Corner

> Google Fiber said it will continue to invest in bringing its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services to more cities regardless of what direction the FCC takes with net neutrality. Article

Cable News

> Count Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus said Cablevision's Freewheel Wi-Fi-only mobile phone service is "pretty cool." Article

European Wireless News

> The German telecoms regulator has opened a frequency auction for spectrum in the 700 MHz frequency band, saying that the move will help improve the provision of broadband services across Germany. Article

> BSkyB became the latest provider of TV and fixed broadband services to throw its hat into the mobile ring in what is regarded as a largely defensive move, after the satellite company signed a wholesale agreement to use the network of Telefónica (O2) UK. Article

And finally… Canadian regulators are moving against the practice of zero-rating, whereby Internet service providers make access to some services free. Article

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