TAG Heuer could challenge Apple Watch; BYO Wireless offering GSM service

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> The CEO of Wind Mobile said the carrier doesn't expect wireless prices to fall in Canada. Article

> An Oppenheimer analyst said that AT&T or Verizon might spin off their wireless spectrum assets into REIT holding companies. Article

> According to a new report, FCC representatives clarified that the 84 MHz spectrum/$1.25 per MHz-POP clearing target in the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction is a minimum reserve and not a projection of how much spectrum the FCC expects to clear in the  auction. Article

> Watch maker TAG Heuer plans to compete with smart watches like the forthcoming Apple Watch directly with its own products. Article

> An India court tentatively said it will allow Xiaomi to resume smartphone sales in the country. Article

> BYO Wireless tweaked its plans and is now offering GSM service. Article

> AT&T updated its Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini with support for its Voice over LTE service. Article

> AT&T's John Donovan said AT&T's goal is to virtualize and control more than 75 percent of its network using a software-driven architecture by 2020. Article

> Based on new leaked emails from Sony Pictures Entertainment, it appears that Snapchat's founder turned down an acquisition offer from Facebook valued at more than $3 billion. Article

> The Senate unanimously approved Republican Michael O'Rielly to a five-year term on the FCC. Article

> Huawei announced its new Honor 6 Plus smartphone with a dual-lens camera. Article

> OnePlus had its phone sales blocked in India due to an ongoing complaint by Micromax. Article

Online Video News

> Although Apple's iPhone and iPad dominate mobile video viewing, two tablet-size devices--Amazon's Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy--are grabbing a huge share of video viewing rates, a new study by Adobe has found. Article

> Could the DVD be completely obsolete in just a few years? The market seems to be shifting that way: By the third quarter of 2015, subscription video on demand (SVOD) services will bring in more revenue than disc sales. And consumers will spend "at least" three times longer watching streamed video than DVDs, according to nScreenMedia. Article

Telecom News

> Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise's new owner Huaxin is taking a bullish outlook on the company with a goal of doubling its $876 million annual revenue within five years, reports French newspaper Les Echos. Article

> Hurricane Electric has enhanced its growing footprint in the Midwest by establishing two new Points of Presence (PoP) at Digital Realty's facilities located in St. Louis, Mo. Article

Cable News

> Continuing to report surging use of authenticated multiscreen services from pay-TV operators, Adobe said the number of videos started within TV Everywhere apps nearly doubled in Q3, up 108 percent year over year. Article

> NBC has announced plans to launch a live stream of its broadcast network, but is doing so within the confines of the TV Everywhere model. Article

European Wireless News

> BT's announcement this week that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Deutsche Telekom and Orange over a potential acquisition of EE was generally given the thumbs up by analysts and industry players, although one question now being asked is what a successful deal might mean for rival mobile operator O2 UK and its parent company Telefónica. Article

> Ericsson revealed it achieved data rates of 300 Mbps during trials of FDD LTE Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation technology carried out with Orange in October and November. Article

And finally… Apple closed its online store in Russia. Article

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