Verizon could sell up to $15B in assets, partly to fund spectrum purchases; Sprint bundles iPhone 6, iPad mini with service for $100

Quick news from around the Web.

> Fewer investors are short selling shares in Alcatel-Lucent, a sign that investors believe the company's efforts to diversify its customer base beyond network operators is working. Article

> T-Mobile MVNO Univision Mobile announced that, for no extra charge, its customers can call from the United States to mobile or landlines in 200 countries, including all of Latin America, and roam in 15 Latin American countries, including Mexico. Release

> AT&T is continuing its wireline asset sale roll with plans to sell some of its data centers in a deal that could fetch $2 billion, reports Reuters, citing people close to the talks. Article

> In a new, limited-time offer, Sprint said customers can get an iPhone 6 16GB with unlimited data, talk and text and an iPad mini 3 16 GB with 2GB of data for $100 per month and $0 down, with no activation fees. The carrier said customers must sign up for its iPhone for Life plan and iPad for Life plan to qualify. Site

> Verizon is nearing the completion of deals to sell off various assets, including wireless towers and elements of its wireline business that could fetch the company $15 billion, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people close to the matter. Article

> First announced last year, Alaska Communications said it has finalized the sale of its wireless business to General Communication. Article

> Spotify canceled its plans to launch its service in Russia. Article

> The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is poised to approve a proposal that would reduce the amount smartphone and tablet makers pay for the use of patents related to Wi-Fi technology, from a percentage of the full cost of their devices to just a percentage of the components related to Wi-Fi. Article

> Apple plans to convert the GT Advanced Technologies sapphire manufacturing plant into a data center. Article

Mobile Developer News

> FierceDeveloper Editor Shane Schick outlines the biggest problems with BlackBerry's concept of net neutrality. Editor's Corner

> The overall level of developers monetizing their apps in some way is up 12 percent over last year, according to Millennial Media. Article

Telecom News

> FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is gearing up for a battle with state legislators in Tennessee and North Carolina with plans to circulate a draft decision to overturn anti-municipal broadband laws in both states, reports The Washington Post, citing a senior agency official. Article

> PEG Bandwidth is one of the many competitors that are willing to provide dark fiber services to wireless operators like Verizon Wireless, but the company is seeing some carriers put their plans on hold. Article

Cable News

> Yet another group opposed to a merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable emerged Monday. Representatives from technology industry umbrella groups industry umbrella groups Comptel, ITTA (The Independent Telephone & Telecommunications Alliance) and NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association held a Washington, D.C., press conference to launch a new anti-merger campaign, catch-phrased "Don't Comcast the Internet." Article

> Dish Network has signed a deal with Univision to put the Spanish-language programmer's channels onto the new Sling Television OTT service. Article

And finally… Google is reportedly developing ride-sharing technology like Uber, while Uber is moving into the self-driving automobile space that Google is working in. Article

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