T-Mobile offers $100 off iPhone/iPad purchase; Sprint intros Business Fusion Plans

Quick news from around the Web.

> European Union officials are talking to WhatsApp's rivals as they prepare to evaluate Facebook's proposed acquisition of the company. Article

> Sprint announced its new Business Fusion Plans, which start as low as $15 per month and offer device financing. Release

> T-Mobile US said it will cut off $100 from the purchase of an iPhone and iPad. Article

> Verizon Wireless will exclusively offer the Sony Xperia X2 in the United States. Article

> Apple is urging the FTC to investigate Google's app store. Article

> Samsung is the only customer for Samsung Display. Article

> RootMetrics found that Verizon Wireless ranked first or tied for first in 115 of 125 RootMetrics metro area reports in overall network performance in the first half of 2014, more than any other among the four Tier 1 carriers. Post

> Google's Regina Dugan joined Zynga's board of directors. Article

> Google, Canon, SAP, Newegg, Dropbox and Asana joined the License on Transfer network, promising to grant licenses to one another whenever one of their patents is sold. Article

> Ericsson and Qualcomm showed off 63 Mbps speeds on a commercial 3C HSDPA network. Article

> Silent Circle announced a calling plan for its Blackphone. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Anritsu announced that one of its test systems now provides validated eMBMS test cases across spectrum bands for the U.S. market, and it specifically mentioned the system's "unique coverage" in the 700 MHz LTE Band 13 used by Verizon Wireless. Article

> MidoNet and ParStream, which created solutions for software-defined networking (SDN) and big data analytics, respectively, were named the winners of an innovation challenge held by Nokia's networks unit, which will continue working with both companies on future offerings. Article

> Alcatel-Lucent is now the supplier of reference for LTE metro cells that are integrated with Wi-Fi under Vodafone's $12 billion (£7 million) Project Spring network investment and upgrade plan. Article

Telecom News

> The Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) has made clear its opposition to any form of Internet fast lane. Article

> Choice Hotels has given Comcast Business a thumbs up as a "qualified technology provider" that can be used by any of the company's 5,000 franchise properties in the U.S. Article

Cable News

> Aereo has asked a Manhattan federal court to classify it as a cable company and make it eligible for the same statutory license pay TV providers pay for in providing retransmission of broadcast signals to subscribers. Article

> Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has told the FCC to reject the proposed mega-merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Article

And finally… A new Google Glass app promises to allow users to control the gadget with this mind. Article

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