T-Mobile launches Samsung Galaxy Avant for $216; Ford dumps BlackBerry for iPhone

Quick news from around the Web.

> Movidius announced its new Myriad 2 vision processor unit, which could be used in Google's Project Tango and could eventually lead to significant improvements to cell phone cameras and visual awareness applications. Article

> Snapchat could be worth as much as $10 billion, and Alibaba may participate in a funding round for the company. Article

> Google released the Google Play Developer Publishing API to Android developers. Article

> Microsoft is preparing to release its first update for Windows Phone 8.1, which will bring Cortana to China. Article

> Ford announced it will ditch BlackBerrys for iPhones. Article

> T-Mobile US said it will sell the Samsung Galaxy Avant Android smartphone for $216 without a contract. Article

> Facebook's Instagram launched its new Bolt stand-alone app. Article

> Australia's National Broadband Network Company said it will continues its fixed wireless managed service partnership with Ericsson and has expanded the partnership to include operation of the ground component of the Long Term Satellite Solution (LTSS) and customer service activation. Release

Online Video News

> Advertising is a key driver for online video revenues in the Asia-Pacific region, a new report by Digital TV Research says, and along with subscription video on demand (SVOD) will help drive revenue figures upward over the next six years to $10.19 billion. Article

> In the battle for the Internet, Aereo is sinking, FilmOn is just shrugging and net neutrality holds fast. Editor's Corner

Telecom News

> Calix bounced back from a slow first quarter, reporting that second-quarter 2014 revenue was $98 million, up 3.8 percent year-over-year from $94.4 million and up sequentially from $85.8 million in the first quarter of 2014. Article

> Windstream is moving to spin off a number of its copper and fiber assets into a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), a move it says will enable it to lower debt by nearly $3.2 billion while accelerating its broadband and IP-based network transitions. Article

Cable News

> AT&T and Netflix revealed that they've had an interconnection deal in place since May to deliver better streaming performance across the Internet service provider's network. Article

> Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has sent a letter to Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus, demanding he do something--soon--to end a carriage dispute that has blacked out Dodgers baseball games in 70 percent of the Los Angeles market this season. Article

European Wireless News

> Dutch operator KPN predicted its financial performance will stabilize towards the end of 2014, after its second quarter earnings exceeded analyst estimates thanks to customer gains and cost cuts. Article

> Orange may not yet be fully out of the woods, but the company remains confident that the race to the bottom in terms of pricing is coming to an end and is maintaining its EBITDA target for 2014. Article

And finally… New Cadillacs will offer wireless phone charging. Article

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