Sprint drops Nextel from its name; Microsoft reorganizes

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> Sprint drops Nextel from its name.  Article

> Microsoft unveils a broad reorganization plan. Article (sub. req.)

> Softbank closes on Sprint deal.  Article

> FreedomPOP raises $5 million in funding, adds Nextel co-founder to advisory board. Release

> Pat Cipov, president of Cipov enterprises, was named the chairwoman of the National Association of Tower Erectors. Release

Mobile Content News

> Sony Pictures Television has launched Wheel of Fortune: Cubed, a mobile version of the classic game. Release

> Merchant Customer Exchange has selected banking and payments technologies FIS to power consumer purchases across smartphones and tablets. Article

> Instagram is adding support for Web embeds, enabling users to more easily share photos and videos. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released 10 requests for information (RFIs) to the planned nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). Article

> TV white space and education are increasingly being found hand in hand, with the latest announcement coming from West Virginia University, which laid claim to the title of first U.S. university to use vacant broadcast TV channels for wireless broadband services. Article

European Wireless News

> Revenues from streaming and download services on mobile and tablet devices will reach $9.5 billion by 2017, up from $4.5 billion this year, according to a new report from Juniper Research. Article

> Ofcom said it will allow spectrum currently reserved for 2G services to be used for LTE services. Article.

> Free Mobile is testing the sale of a mobile plan including subsidised smartphones. Article

And finally … South Korean researchers have discovered that silicon made from rice husks could be the key to making better batteries. Article