T-Mobile launches Wideband LTE in Boston; Cisco to pay $188M to Apple's Rockstar

Quick news from around the Web.

> Although Intel's PC and mobile businesses are no longer separate, they are far from equal. Article

> Motorola introduced a new fob intended to help users find lost keys or other objects. Article

> Google is now noting mobile-friendly pages in its search results. Article

> T-Mobile US said it launched its Wideband LTE service in Boston. Release

> The Wall Street Journal took an in-depth look at Apple's efforts to add sapphire screens to its iPhones through a deal with GT Advanced Technologies. Article

> Corning announced its new Gorilla Glass 4 for smartphones, which the company said is its strongest smartphone screen technology ever. Article

> Cisco appears ready to make a $188 million payment to Rockstar, the patent-holding company largely owned by Apple. Article

> Analysts are raising their expectations for Apple based on what they believe are strong and continued sales of the company's new iPhones. Article

Wireless Tech News

> The ZigBee Alliance is unifying its wireless standards into a single, new standard named ZigBee 3.0. The nonprofit association says the standard will provide interoperability among the widest range of smart devices and give consumers and businesses access to innovative products and services that will work together seamlessly. Article

> Huawei is getting even deeper into 5G waters, inking a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MegaFon in Russia, with plans to demonstrate 5G in a trial during the FIFA World Cup in 2018. Article

> The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Finance Committee gave FirstNet management the OK to spend up to $86.2 million in fiscal year 2015, including $42.5 million on a comprehensive Request for Proposal (RFP) and certain network development activities. Article

Telecom News

> Verizon is hoping to strengthen its bond with its small to medium business (SMB) customers that enrolled in the telco's Small Biz Rewards loyalty program by launching a "Give and Give Back" Holiday Sweepstakes that will award $5,000 to a business and their favorite charity. Article

> Windstream is leveraging Overture's 6500 platform as part of its multi-access Ethernet service initiative, accommodating a mix of fiber, copper, SONET and TDM across its ILEC and CLEC footprints. Article

Cable News

> Liberty Global Media Chairman John Malone hasn't given up on acquiring Time Warner Cable. Asked during Liberty's investor day event Wednesday if he'd go after the MSO if its proposed acquisition by Comcast was scuttled by regulators, Malone responded with an emphatic "Hell, yes." Article

> While Major League Baseball has restricted regional sports networks from acquiring multiscreen rights when they carve out broadcast deals with individual teams, the practice has been encouraged by the National Basketball Association. Article

And finally… A balloon from Google's Project Loon appears to have crash landed in South Africa. Article

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