Sprint's Boost to sell LG Optimus F3; Apple shares could pop on new iPhone 6

Quick news from around the Web.

> Sprint's Boost Mobile is going to sell the LG Optimus F3 Android smartphone for $129.99. Post

> Cisco plans to challenge Amazon in offering cloud services. Article

> One analyst firm believes Apple's shares could jump 20 percent on sales of a new iPhone. Article

> Motorola likely will release a phablet to challenge Apple's rumored iPhone 6. Article

> BlackBerry said it plans to sell most of its Canadian real estate holdings. Article

> LG unveiled a "smart bulb" for Android and iOS. Article

Wireless Tech News

> The First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet), charged with building a nationwide LTE network for use by public safety, has leased space in Boulder, Colo., for its technical headquarters and will begin hiring staffers for the facility starting this month. Article

> Wireless equipment testing technology vendor Anite announced it has joined Project Virtuoso, an Intel-initiated project to create virtualized testing environments for wireless technologies. Article

Telecom News

> CenturyLink and Windstream have both come a long way from their traditional rural telco roots by becoming larger factors in the U.S. incumbent Ethernet services market. Article

> tw telecom continues to enjoy a top spot in the competitive Ethernet market due to its aggressive buildout of its fiber network and new software-based capabilities, according to Vertical Systems Group's new Competitive Provider Business Ethernet Leaderboard. Article

Cable News

> Contending that a merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable "would give too much power over broadcast and cable networks," the Writers Guild of America has asked the FCC to block any such action. Article

> A March 31 deadline is quickly approaching for the 890 members of the National Cable Television Cooperative to sign a new retransmission deal with Viacom or lose access to a bevy of channels such as MTV, BET and Comedy Central. Article

European Wireless News

> Swisscom has once again shot down any hopes that Italian broadband provider Fastweb could be available to potential buyers--at least for now. Article

> Egypt's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is preparing new joint licenses that will enable operators to offer fixed and mobile services in the country. Article

> Rostec, a technology investment group backed by the Russian state, has acquired a 25 percent stake in Yota Devices as the mobile phone company gets ready to start selling its dual-screen YotaPhone in more markets across Europe and the Middle East. Article

And finally… Kanye West takes a picture with an iPad. Article

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