T-Mobile launches Alcatel OneTouch POP Astro; Google expands number of apps working with Google Now

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> T-Mobile is offering the Alcatel OneTouch POP Astro LTE smartphone for $0 down, and $6.24 per month over 24 months. Release

> One day after Best Buy announced it would support Apple's mobile payment system, Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX, announced its CEO Dekkers Davidson is leaving to pursue other opportunities. MCX said the events are not related. Article

> Cyanogen, the maker of an Android-based operating system, is planning to expand its CyanogenMod operating system by partnering with Chinese handset vendors with global ambitions. Article

> American Airlines flights experienced significant delays yesterday after pilots' iPads abruptly crashed. Article

> Twitter's first-quarter revenue was lower than estimates. The company cut its sales forecast as it  struggles to attract more users and advertisers. Article

> Google has expanded the number of third-party apps able to create cards within the Google Now search function. Article

European Wireless News

> Surfline, which launched the first LTE network in Ghana, has received $15 million (€13.6 million) in funding from a German investment company for the expansion of its mobile network. Article

> France-based Orange made a decent start to the year by producing favorable first-quarter earnings, according to some analysts. Article

> Is Turkey about to gamble with its mobile broadband future? Commentary

Online Video News

> Online video advertising, shifting TV ad budgets and the growth of mobile video are all driving revenue strategies for OTT players including Google and Yahoo Screen. For Google, online video ads are of prime importance for its YouTube platform. Yahoo, meanwhile, is banking on committed ad dollars and announced a number of new series for Yahoo Screen this year. Article

> The Streaming Video Alliance (SVA), formed last year by a number of leading online video companies and pay-TV operators--but not Netflix , Amazon or Hulu--is making a start on some of its stated goals, publishing the guiding principles and system attributes of its Open Caching Working Group. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T is calling for a standard method to establish Ethernet interconnection with other providers. Article

> Windstream is finalizing the spin off of its wireline network assets into Communications Sales and Leasing (CS&L), a move that it says will reduce debt and provide capital to make new network investments. Article

Cable News

> Cablevision has signed on to be the first pay-TV operator to distribute Hulu. Article

> RDK Management has announced that more than 220 companies have licensed the Reference Design Kit (RDK), a 63 percent uptick in the last 12 months. Article

And finally… A professor at Texas A&M Galveston wants to flunk his entire class. Article

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