Sprint dumps MVNO PrepaYd Wireless; Apple reportedly preparing to open Siri to third parties

Quick news from around the Web.

> Sprint has discontinued supporting prepaid MVNO PrepaYd Wireless but hasn't said why. Article

> Scratch Wireless is taking aim at fellow Sprint MVNO FreedomPop. Post

> Apple disclosed its licensing agreement with Nokia as part of its legal battle with Samsung. Article

> Sprint is letting users check whether a phone has been reported as stolen before they buy it. Article

> Apple is looking toward integrating third-party apps with Siri, according to a report. Article

> Verizon Wireless is preparing to sell HTC's successor to its One smartphone. Article

> Samsung devices account for 55 percent of all North American Android website traffic. Post

> Flipboard bought Zite from CNN. Article

> WhatsApp founders still carry old Nokia phones. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Now that the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, have wrapped up, Nominum wants everyone to know that its security solution based upon the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS) has been protecting Rostelecom's free Wi-Fi network in the city. Article

> AT&T is hiring 100 "innovators" to develop its virtualized network of the future and has already posted two sample job descriptions on its site. Article

> SoftBank executives are checking out Qualcomm's NASCAR small cell test. Editor's Corner

Telecom News

> Zayo has added another piece to its growing colocation business zColo by reaching a deal to acquire Dallas-based data center provider CoreXchange for an undisclosed sum. Article

Cable News

> Synacor stock dropped about 10 percent Thursday morning, hours after the TV Everywhere technology vendor posted a drop in fourth-quarter revenue and net income and announced that CEO Ron Frankel would resign. Article

> Cable overbuilder WideOpenWest is using NetCracker's operational support system (OSS) to "streamline network operations, enhance service fulfillment processes" and help it pursue the commercial services market. Article

And finally… Bill Gates is $9 billion richer than he was last year. Article