Sprint tweaks prepaid rates; Motorola makes new Moto X available for preorder

Quick news from around the Web.

> Apple's move into mobile banking could catch the eye of regulators. Article

> Sprint has tweaked its prepaid rates to bring it more in line with its MVNOs Boost and Virgin Mobile.  Article

> John Feray, chief financial officer at struggling retailer RadioShack, resigned last week.  Article

> Motorola announced that its next-generation Moto X smartphone and Moto Hint Bluetooth earpiece will be available for preorder on Tuesday. Article

> FCC documents indicate that Verizon Wireless will soon have its own version of the HTC Desire 610. Article

> Microsoft is buying gaming company Mojang for a reported $2.5 billion. The deal is expected to close by year-end. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Apple ramped up its R&D spending over the past few years, and a number of products the company is working on are so secret they have not even generated whispers and gossip among the public, according to CEO Tim Cook. Article

> Comcast and Liberty Global will allow each other's customers to roam on their respective Wi-Fi hotspots in the United States and Europe starting in 2015. The MSOs said they will first trial the Wi-Fi roaming service later this year. Article

> Rival U.S. operators are concerned about the "peak wars" that Sprint might initiate using its vast 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings, according to Mike Murphy, Nokia Networks' head of technology for North America. Article

European Wireless News

> Deutsche Telekom said it found no evidence that the U.S. National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ had obtained access to its computer network. Article

> Bouygues Telecom will launch unlimited Netflix video-on-demand services on its Bbox Sensation set-top box (STB) and mobile devices in November. Article

> Ericsson has agreed to acquire 100 per cent of Fabrix Systems for $95 million (€73.5 million) in a bid to expand its TV and media portfolio and improve its TV Everywhere platform. Article

> Mobile phone retailer Phones 4U abruptly ceased trading over the weekend after confirming that UK operator EE decided not to renew its contract, which expires on Sept. 30. Article

Cable News

> Charter Communications announced that it has closed on a $3.5 billion credit facility that will be used to help it finance its portion of its joint venture with Comcast, GreatLand Connections. Article

> Over-the-top services are growing fast, but players such as Netflix and Amazon aren't going to displace broadcasters. That was the general consensus of a five-member panel of broadcasters and service providers during an IBC panel on multiplatform delivery. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T is putting its U-verse into the hands of more of its California customers, announcing that it has extended service to over 4,200 new San Diego-area locations. Article

> CenturyLink plans to pass an additional 300,000 homes with its Prism IPTV service this year. Article

And finally… The Verge has compiled a brief history of Samsung mocking Apple announcements. Article

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