Sprint grows LTE footprint to 340 markets; Google acquires DeepMind

Quick news from around the Web.

> Sprint announced a teaming with Pogoplug to offer unlimited cloud storage to its suite of unlimited services. Release

> Sprint said it now serves 340 markets with LTE after rolling out the technology to a number of new locations. Release

> Former Verizon Wireless executive Paul Palmieri has stepped down as CEO of Millennial Media. Article

> The mobile payment venture Isis is now supporting the iPhone via the Incipio Cashwrap case. Article

> Google purchased the artificial intelligence startup DeepMind for around $400 million. Article

> The FCC will address the upcoming 600 MHz auction during its monthly meeting this Thursday. Article

> The nation's wireless carriers are gearing up for a traffic spike during the Super Bowl. Article

> Samsung will reportedly unveil the Galaxy Glass in September. Article

> LG appears to be preparing the 3-inch G Pad tablet for Verizon Wireless. Article

> Chinese manufacturer Foxconn could open a plant in the United States. Article

> Sierra Wireless will acquire mobile enterprise company In Motion Technology for $21 million. Release

Wireless Tech News

> Google is planning mystery experiments at 76-77 GHz. Article

> Globalstar wants to work with proponents of opening up the 5.1 GHz band for use by high-power, outdoor Wi-Fi equipment but only if those changes do not negatively impact Globalstar's mobile satellite services (MSS) business. Article

Telecom News

> FairPoint Communications has put the finishing touches on a $6.6 million project that will bring broadband service to almost 4,000 locations in 20 communities throughout Vermont. Article

> BT is so bullish on fiber-based broadband that it plans to spend $82.5 million to make the service available to 400,000 additional premises in more than 30 cities over the next three years. Article

Cable News

> John Malone's Liberty Global has agreed to acquire Ziggo in a deal that values the Dutch cable operator at $13.7 billion. Article

> DirecTV and Dish Network struck a deal which will see the satellite TV rivals pitch targeted ads to political media buyers working on statewide campaigns. Article

European Wireless News

> Belgacom's newly appointed CEO, Dominique Leroy, has gained board approval for a management restructure designed to make the Belgian incumbent more flexible by improving decision making and team collaboration. Article

> Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has turned his focus back on the Italian market. Article

And finally… It took the world's best chess player 80 seconds to beat Bill Gates in a chess game. Article