Sony to shutter U.S. retail stores; DT could partner with WhatsApp

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> Sony plans to close its retail stores in the United States. Article

> Canada's government moved to block a joint venture between Roger and Bell that was intended to purchase spectrum licenses. Article

> AT&T is reportedly preparing to purchase cable assets in Europe. Article

> Samsung commands 65 percent of all Android devices. Post

> BlackBerry might build another tablet. Article

> Google updated its Hangouts application for iOS. Article

> Line's OTT messaging app will come pre-installed on the new Nokia X Android phone. Article

> Deutsche Telekom is reportedly considering a partnership with Facebook's WhatsApp. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Network functions virtualization was a hot topic at Mobile World Congress. Editor's Corner

Telecom News

> Shentel continued to see strong wireline fiber lease sales as affiliate and non-affiliate revenue rose collectively year-over-year to $21.8 million, up from $21.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Article

Cable News

> Discovery Communications is realigning the leadership team at its U.S. networks division, announcing that Eileen O'Neill will oversee Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity Channel. Article

European Wireless News

> Hutchison Whampoa's 3 Group Europe reported 6 per cent revenue growth in 2013 and also hit a new profit milestone of positive EBITDA less capex for the year, bucking a trend in Europe that has seen operators continuing to suffer from falling revenue and competitive pressures. Article

> The highs and lows of the Mobile World Congress trade show. Editor's Corner

> Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) is now poised to take off after a slow start, as more compatible handsets come to market and operators realize the benefits of transferring voice traffic to LTE networks, according to Radisys' senior manager of product marketing, Ray Adensamer. Article

And finally… David Fincher might direct a movie about Steve Jobs. Article