T-Mobile's MetroPCS gets new billing product from Amdocs; Verizon to close Cincinnati Bell transaction by August

Quick news from around the Web.

> Cincinnati Bell expects to close its sale of its wireless business to Verizon Wireless by July or August. Article

> Time Warner Cable already has nearly 35,000 Wi-Fi hotspots and is part of the Cable WiFi Alliance, but the company just expanded its reach even further by inking an alliance with Boingo Wireless. Article

> T-Mobile US is offering a $100 discount on some tablets. Release

> Sprint plans to host a "happy connecting" media event June 23. Article

> Rogers Wireless in Canada said it will support Wi-Fi calling in Apple's iOS 8. Article

> T-Mobile's MetroPCS said it deployed a new billing product from Amdocs. Release

> Samsung showed off a Tizen-powered smart TV. Article

> NQ Mobile said an independent committee found no evidence of fraud at the company. Article

> NewCore Wireless will be able to support LTE roaming through a new deal with Syniverse. Article

> Instagram added new editing tools to its photo service. Article

> The Nokia Lumia 1320 from Microsoft is heading to AT&T's Cricket. Article

> Google's Motorola announced the Moto Stream, which transmits music from a phone to a stereo via Bluetooth. Article

Online Video News

> DVR pioneer TiVo may be driving its product into the cable and satellite market, but it still sees retail sales, particularly of its new OTT-integrated Roamio DVR, as key to the company's business model. Article

Wireless Tech News

> FirstNet's Sue Swenson said she nearly quit last year. Editor's Corner

> Comcast is providing its business customers with something many of its residential customers already have--a dual-signal gateway--and simultaneously boosting its own public Wi-Fi footprint. Article

Telecom News

> TDS Telecom has begun the process of shedding four of its independent ILEC companies to Direct Communications, signaling yet another sign of the rapidly consolidating independent telco market segment. Article

Cable News

> In order for TV Everywhere's consumer-satisfaction potential to fully be realized, pay-TV operators must integrate the ability to download content rather than just stream it. Article

> Consumers have reached their price limit, but cord cutting isn't a problem yet, according to a panel discussion. Article

European Wireless News

> Telefónica is still courting international cable company Liberty Global as a potential fourth mobile operator for Germany in a bid to win approval for its proposed €8.5 billion ($11.5 billion) acquisition of local rival E-Plus, despite reports Liberty does not wish to operate its own network in the country. Article

> Vodafone announced it will establish a new hub in London for its global product and services innovation and development activity, following the closure of its research and development base in Silicon Valley. Article

And finally… Apple's new HealthKit could face a challenge from a startup with the same name. Article

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