Sprint reportedly prepping to ditch contracts; Apple scores record holiday for App Store

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Apple said that, in the two weeks ending Jan. 3, its customers spent over $1.1 billion on iOS apps and in-app purchases. The company said Jan. 1 was its biggest day in App Store history with customers spending over $144 million. Release

> In 2015 overall app usage grew by 58 percent, Yahoo's Flurry said. Post

> Sprint is reportedly planning to discontinue offering two-year service contracts this week. DSLReports article

> According to a new Wall Street Journal article, smaller TV broadcasters could make significant profits in selling their spectrum in the FCC's upcoming spectrum auction. WSJ article

> The Firefox OS will be used in a new Panasonic TV. Post

Telecom News

> WOW! may be an advocate of fiber-based solutions for its business and wholesale customer base, but the service provider continues to find ways to leverage its existing coax network to deliver new data solutions. Article

> Verizon has devised a plan to sell its data center business in a potential $2.5 billion deal, according to a Reuters report citing people close to the company. Article

Installer News

> Industry consortium the UltraHD Alliance has created what it's billing as a "single, identifying mark" for both consumers and installers to follow for adopting 4K video, the "Ultra HD Premium" logo. Article

> For Level 3, installing more buildings onto its fiber network has made it a bigger threat to AT&T and Verizon in the Ethernet and cloud service segments. Article

Cable News

> Dish Network announced an upgraded version of its Hopper DVR with a whopping 16 tuners, as well as the first major user-interface changes to its year-old IP-based Sling TV service. Article

And finally… A proxy battle over Yahoo may be looming. Article