T-Mobile skywrites to AT&T about overages; Apple Pay to expand to Australia and Canada this year

More wireless news from across the Web:

> T-Mobile US sent a skywritten message to AT&T above its headquarters in Dallas to abolish mobile data overage charges, a day after doing the same thing to Verizon Wireless. Dallas Morning News article   

> Ericsson will join AT&T and chipset provider Altair to demonstrate LTE Power Saving Mode on a commercial LTE Internet of Things chipset platform, which the companies claim can lead to 10 years of battery life for IoT devices. Release

> Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a partnership with American Express to bring the company's Apple Pay mobile payments service to Australia and Canada this year, and to Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong in 2016. Fortune article

> Samsung Electronics' new mobile payment service Samsung Pay has enjoyed strong repeat usage among U.S. consumers with an average of eight transactions per user. Reuters article. Samsung Pay is also going to be working with more banks and financial institutions. PhoneScoop article

> Cricket Wireless will offer the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 beginning Nov. 6 for $150. PhoneScoop article

> Toshiba will sell its image sensor business to Sony for around $166 million and overhaul its unprofitable semiconductor businesses. Reuters article

> Mapping technology firm Mapbox announced the acquisition of 3 million square kilometers of satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe, one of the largest providers of aerial data. Re/code article

> Goldman Sachs has partnered with Synchronoss Technologies to further develop its mobile and cloud-based technology. Reuters article

> Twitter again posted soft quarterly user growth, sending its stock down around 13 percent yesterday. Wall Street Journal article

Installer News

> 3M has introduced a new network interface device (NID) that will enable installers to accelerate single-family home FTTH installations. Article

> A federal court in Western Washington has ordered DirecTV to distribute $395,000 in back pay to 147 installers. According to the Seattle Times, the U.S. District Court for Western Washington issued its consent judgement after the U.S. Department of Labor found DirecTV and its Kent, Wash.-based subcontractor, Advanced Information Systems, violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Article

Online Video News

> With ad blocking as arguably the hottest topic in the online video industry right now, Brightcove has introduced Lift, a service designed to skate around most blocking software to deliver video ads to consumers. Article

> The OTT video market is booming because of, not in spite of, regulations that keep over-the-top providers from being considered as multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs). That's the position of FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who reiterated his stance in a speech to an audience in Hong Kong. Article

European Wireless News

> The European Commission faced a backlash from consumer groups after MEPs voted to abolish mobile roaming rates from mid-2017, and cleared controversial net neutrality rules. Article

> BT received provisional clearance to acquire mobile operator EE, after the UK Competition and Markets Authority decided that the move would not substantially lessen competition in any market in the UK. Article

Cable News

> Could Comcast, which just reported its lowest third-quarter video subscriber losses in nine years, actually grow its pay-TV base in the fourth quarter? That's the prediction of Evercore analyst Vijay Jayant, who said the MSO's net video additions should exceed 25,000 in the fourth quarter. Article

> While IBM closes in on a reported $2 billion purchase of his company's associated digital properties, Weather Channel CEO Dave Shull released a statement clarifying that the linear cable channel will remain under its existing ownership group. Article

Telecom News

> Verizon Enterprise Solutions is doubling the size of its cloud footprint in the Asia-Pacific region by adding six locations and two new cloud providers, HP and Verizon Cloud, to the company's Secure Cloud interconnect service. Article

> As a major supplier to the cable industry, Infinera is not afraid of the ongoing consolidation that the U.S. cable industry is going through. Article

And finally… It's now legal to hack into your own car's software. Article

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