Tesla CEO chills Apple takeover speculation; Microsoft reportedly prepping LTE Surface tablet

Quick news from around the Web.

> Tesla's CEO confirmed he has had conversations with Apple executives, but threw cold water on the notion that Apple would acquire Tesla. Article

> Microsoft appears to be preparing to offer an LTE-capable Surface tablet. Article

> Canada's sale of 700 MHz spectrum raised $4.78 billion. Article

> Samsung is again targeting Apple with its latest tablet ads. Article

> TruePosition purchased Skyhook Wireless. Article

> According to NPD, Apple maintained 45 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. Release

> Broadcom announced a global location chip for wearable devices. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Wireless operators around the world are foolishly sitting atop a $130 billion stockpile of TDD spectrum assets rather than using those frequencies to solve the looming spectrum shortage, according to Belgian TD-LTE small cell vendor Accelleran. Article

> Allot cites problems when bandwidth allocation does not suit mobile video requirements. Article

> BendBroadband informed customers that it will shutter its LTE-based wireless broadband and phone service by mid-summer and said it has already agreed to sell its spectrum to an as-yet unnamed third party. Article

Telecom News

> EarthLink reported that revenue in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $301.8 million, down from $329 million a year ago due to what it said was "lumpiness" from the timing of non-recurring settlements. Revenue was $1.24 billion for the full year 2013. Article

> Cincinnati Bell reported that its fiber-based products were once again a major factor in its fourth-quarter 2013 earnings, with Fioptics revenues rising 49 percent year-over-year to $29 million. Article

Cable News

> Aereo's legal team saw its first significant setback late Wednesday, after a federal judge granted a request from 21st Century Fox for an injunction that will halt Aereo's plans to expand to Denver and Salt Lake City. Article

> IPTV provider South Central Rural Telephone Coop said it will deploy Entone's Amulet 500 hybrid media hub and DVR, a spokeswoman said. Article

And finally… A smart toothbrush? Article


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