TracFone wants Lifeline to give out free Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones; Samsung CEO pushes for firm to be a 'first mover'

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Facebook said that in the third quarter it posted $3.4 billion in revenue from mobile advertising, accounting for 78 percent of its total ad revenue, up from 66 percent a year ago. Re/code article

> TracFone Wireless wants the FCC's Lifeline program to offer Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones to program participants at no extra cost. Filing

> Sprint MVNO Karma launched a new monthly subscription plan that offers unlimited data at 5 Mbps speeds for $50 per month. The Verge article

> Rise Broadband said it plans to offer fixed-wireless LTE service offering speeds of 50-100 Mbps. Denver Post article

> Samsung Electronics co-CEO Kwon Oh-hyun said the company needs to adapt and become a first mover and not a fast follower. Business Korea article

> Wireless router startup eero said it received official FCC approval for its product but said it would delay shipping it until early next year. TechCrunch article

> BlackBerry will join other Android device makers by rolling out security patches within about a month of their initial disclosure. ZDNet article

> Google said more than 19,000 organizations are now either testing, deploying or using its Android for Work service. Post

> Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was thinking about how the company might get into the automotive industry as far back as 2008. Re/code article

> RealNetworks struck a deal with Verizon Wireless that will see its RealTimes video app integrated into the carrier's cloud storage service. Verizon customers who store their photos in the cloud will find their "best moments" turned into a visual "story" via the service. Release

 Wireless Tech News

> At its first workshop aimed at harmonizing Wi-Fi and LTE-U, the Wi-Fi Alliance, as promised, presented its coexistence guidelines for LTE in unlicensed spectrum in an attempt to provide a common basis on which future Wi-Fi/LTE coexistence studies are conducted and to offer a foundation on which to build an unlicensed LTE test plan. Article

> Google's YouTube gets blamed for generating a lot of the traffic on mobile networks and doing little to help from a traffic management standpoint, but the company says it has plans to offer quality of service insights for video applications. Article

Cable News

> Although its stock price fell 7 percent after the release of its quarterly earnings, media analysts had mainly praise for a series of tough short-term moves announced by Time Warner Inc. to better align its programming in the digital age. Among those moves: Company CEO Jeff Bewkes said Time Warner will seek to delay aftermarket deployment of some of its programming to SVOD platforms including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Article

> While Comcast has been taking a lot of heat for its trials of usage-based broadband pricing, medium-sized operator Suddenlink Communications has been quietly and efficiently generating revenue off its data caps. Article

Telecom News

> With the sale of its data center business in motion, Windstream plans to dedicate $250 million to enhance its last mile network by installing VDSL2 network equipment to support up to 100 Mbps in more of its rural markets. Article

> CenturyLink's efforts to tighten the credit and collection policy on its broadband subscriber base may eventually enable it to reduce churn, but in the near-term it resulted in the telco losing about 37,000 customers. Article

And finally… Finland is unveiling a series of "national emojis" that include people sweating in saunas, Nokia candy bar phones and heavy metal head-bangers. Article

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