T-Mobile is selling the Alcatel Onetouch Pop Astro; Apple launched a developer program for Watch accessories

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"O2 UK confirms it has bought out founding partners Vodafone UK and EE from mobile payments venture Weve Article" --@FierceWireless

> Apple launched a program for third-party accessory developers to design and launch bands for the Apple Watch. Article

> T-Mobile US is offering the Alcatel OneTouch Pop Astro on a 24-month payment plan. Article

> Apple is reportedly redesigning its remote for the Apple TV.  Article

> Facebook is using Nokia's Here maps for its mobile version, and is testing Here to power location in native apps like Instagram and Messenger. Article

> Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has joined the Board of Directors of My Brother's Keeper (MBK Alliance). Release

> Microsoft is working on two high-end Lumia phones for Windows 10.  Article

> Twilio is now estimated to be worth $1 billion after quietly raising a $100 million round of funding.  Article

> A U.S. jury ordered Motorola Mobility to pay $10.2 million in damages for using Fujifilm Corp's patented technology in its phones without permission. Article

> Google acquired startup Timeful to make it easier to schedule events on your phone. Article

Mobile Developer News

> Developers may not have much experience in creating short clips that explain their apps and mobile games, but they're a critical piece of promotion. Special report

> What is the rookie mistake developers can't afford to make with Apple Watch apps? Commentary

Telecom News

> Cogent and Verizon have signed an interconnection agreement that could potentially improve the way video content like Netflix gets delivered to end users over their FiOS and DSL network connections. Article

> Hawaiian Telcom is making headway with its IPTV rollout, reporting that as of the end of the first quarter, it penetrated 17.9 percent of households with the service. Article

Cable News

> DirecTV reported U.S. subscriber growth of 60,000 and global customer expansion of 279,000 in the first quarter, driven by its lowest churn rate in six years.  Article

> Cable industry advanced advertising consortium Canoe says ads stay fresher over time on cable VOD. Article

And finally… Microsoft's Windows 10 will let you flip the bird with a middle finger emoji. Article

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