T-Mobile to announce "uncarrier 5.0" on June 18; AT&T to pre-load Uber on Android phones

Quick news from around the Web.

> According to IDC, smartphone vendors will ship a total of 1.2 billion smartphones this year. Article

> Under a new agreement between the two companies, AT&T will pre-load Uber's app on its Android smartphones. Article

> T-Mobile US will announce "uncarrier 5.0" on June 18. Article

> Apple filed a patent for a smart home. Article

> Transit Wireless upgraded wireless service in several subway stations in New York City. Article

> A General Motors executive acknowledged that Google could be a competitive threat. Article

> Qualcomm's CEO said the company could target driverless cars. Article

> Beacon technology developer Gimbal, formerly part of Qualcomm, is now officially a standalone company. Release

> LightSquared has again pointed to problems at the FCC for its current financial situation, a filing that could potentially presage legal action by LightSquared against the FCC. Filing

Wireless Tech News

> Just days after Ericsson's CTO said North America is leading Europe in 5G, the vendor announced it is building a new Silicon Valley campus that will consolidate some 2,000 Ericsson staffers involved with R&D in IP, TV and media, network virtualization and wireless technologies. Article

> CableLabs is exploring the impact of LTE technology in wireless access networks, including the potential for LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) to replace or supplant Wi-Fi. Article

> Google has upgraded its TV band database system, which enables unlicensed use of TV white space spectrum (TVWS), and the new and improved system can be tested by the public for 45 days starting June 2. Article

Telecom News

> Service providers may be interested in adopting software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), but Infonetics says their cautious outlook on these technologies is driving them to be more cautious with spending capital on new routers and switches. Article

> Cybersecurity software vendor Palo Alto Networks reached a settlement to pay Juniper Networks $175 million to resolve a patent dispute between the two companies.  Article

Cable News

> Taking a chance--or perhaps seizing an opportunity--on a growing, popular but somewhat unstable digital currency, Dish Network announced that it will begin accepting Bitcoin from customers for pay-TV services beginning in the third quarter. Article

> Comcast CEO Brian Roberts laid out the corporate urgency behind his company's proposed $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable. Article

And finally… Edward Snowden said he was trained as a spy. Article

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