T-Mobile's CIO leaves company; Verizon counts more than 4,000 ThingSpace developers

More wireless news from across the Web:

> T-Mobile's CIO Gary King has left the company. Seattle Times article

> Google is discontinuing its Google Compare service. Reuters article

> Cyanogen announced its new Android-based MOD operating system, which the company said allows developers to deeply integrate their apps and services into the platform. VentureBeat article

> Verizon said more than 4,000 developers have used its ThingSpace platform since the product launched in October. The carrier added that it plans to open up the platform to third-party network and technology service providers. Release

> PayPal announced a deal with Vodafone that will allow the carrier's customers to fund payments on Android smartphones at Visa contactless terminals using the Vodafone Wallet. Release

> AT&T said it is working with Cisco, Intel and Microsoft to encourage developers to build Internet of Things application. Release

> Samsung said it introduced new technologies the company said will make its devices more secure for business users. Samsung called the new effort Android for Work (AfW) hardened by Samsung KNOX. Release

> Sony announced its new Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA smartphones. Release

> ZTE released the new Blade V7 and Blade V7 Lite smartphones. Release

> Ford announced a new vehicle at the Mobile World Congress show -- the Kuga SUV -- as well as its new Sync 3 platform and its plans to launch FordPass in Europe. Release

Telecom News

> AT&T will begin offering its 1 Gbps GigaPower service in three Nashville-area cities, setting a further challenge to local cable incumbent Comcast and up-and-coming provider Google Fiber. Article

Cable News

> A coalition of progressive-leaning nonprofit groups says it's gathered 300,000 signatures for a petition opposing Charter Communications' proposed takeovers of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Article

And finally… For the first time ever, the top six pay-TV operators lost subscribers during a year. Article