Sprint reiterating leasing rules to customers; WhatsApp improving encryption

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Sprint it working to underscore its smartphone leasing rules to its customers. Release

> WhatsApp is strengthening its security with tighter encryption. Reuters article

> Google released an update to Android that includes several security patches. Techno Buffalo article

> Vasona Networks, which sells platforms for mobile network capacity, said it raised $14.6 million in a series C round of funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, New Venture Partners and NexStar Partners. Release

> Google's Nest said it will discontinue Revolv's smart home hub. eWeek article

Telecom News

> Frontier says it's making progress in solving issues in its new wireline properties, but that's little solace to some users who have been without service since the transition began on Friday. Article

Online Video News

> Premium network Starz has finally made good on CEO Chris Albrecht's pledge to bring its content to online audiences in a subscription format, announcing a new $8.99 monthly standalone service that allows viewers to stream its content on demand without having to go through a pay-TV provider. Article

> The Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia), an organization created to develop open-source codecs that are royalty-free as an alternative to HEVC, has launched a new video project to promote active development of an open-source video codec. Article

Installer News

> Brocade's recently announced plans to buy Ruckus Wireless for $1.2 billion should beef up Brocade's ability to compete in markets like 5G and IoT, while also providing a crucial piece currently lacking from Ruckus's product portfolio. Article

> Zayo Group is in the process of installing 100 small cells around Wichita, Kans. in order to boost Verizon's coverage in the area. But Zayo is holding on off on similar projects while the Kansas Governor's office considers a bill that would shift the permitting process for those types of deployments. Article

European Wireless News

> Orange signaled its intentions to pursue deals in markets outside of France as the operator started to look towards a future that will now not include Bouygues Telecom. Article

Cable News

> Comcast has entered into an agreement with The Walt Disney Company to sell the studios feature films digitally through its Xfinity On Demand transactional store. Article

> One day after Comcast sent a note asking the FCC to ignore Byron Allen and his diversity complaints, the African-American media mogul issued a fiery statement, saying, "The real issue here is these racist white executives are not used to an African American man holding them accountable. Article

And finally… Dozens of journalists are set to become millionaires. Article

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