SoftBank scores big in headline Alibaba's listing; LG announces Android flip phone, the Wine Smart

Quick news from around the Web.

> Half the world will be online by 2017, according to the ITU. Release

> Japan's SoftBank scored a $4.6 billion boost from its holdings in the now-public Alibaba Group. Article

> MediaTek announced its new Labs effort to support developers. Article

> Huawei and Tesla are testing apps that would allow drivers to, for example, remotely unlock their cars. Article

> Japan's OTT messaging service Line will not go public this year. Article

> LG Electronics announced the Wine Smart, a flip phone that runs Android. Article

Wireless Tech News

> All of the world's Tier 1 mobile operators are putting network functions virtualization (NFV) initiatives into place and will start focusing their capital expenditures on NFV Mobile in 2015, said Keith Allan, director of IP mobile core product strategy at Alcatel-Lucent. Article

> Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom's Slovak Telecom business unit achieved data speeds of 300 Mbps in over-the-air field trials for intraband contiguous LTE carrier aggregation. The trials were the first for LTE Band 7, 2.6 GHz spectrum, using a 20+20 MHz configuration in a field environment, Ericsson said. Article

Telecom News

> Ericsson has taken out its checkbook again to acquire a majority stake in Apcera, a provider of platform as a service (PaaS) offering Continuum, a move it says will strengthen its position in the cloud market by extending its network approach into both service provider and enterprise cloud environments. Article

> Verizon is giving its small to medium business (SMB) customers access to the symmetrical FiOS speed tiers it launched in July via its SpeedMatch program. Article

Cable News

> Netflix has officially launched in Belgium and Luxembourg, with the company near to closing out the startup phase of its European expansion. Article

> Raycom is threatening to once again pull its signal off DirecTV. Article

European Wireless News

> Netflix is in talks with cable and telecoms operators in Belgium to provide it with an alternative form of distribution, following the launch of its on-demand TV and video service in the country last Friday. Article

> EE and Vodafone UK are to acquire almost 200 Phones 4U stores between them after EE confirmed on Monday it has agreed to buy 58 of the bankrupt mobile phone retailer's shops. Article

And finally… In the iPhone 6 waiting line: An arrest and a death threat. Article

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