Verizon ends free data for Google's Chromebook Pixel; Google Nest opens to third party apps

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> Verizon Wireless has discontinued its offer of 100 MB of free LTE data for Google's Chromebook Pixel now that the device is one year old. Article

> Sprint MVNO FreedomPop said it plans to offer subscribers the chance to buy access to specific apps--or to make access to specific apps free--starting in the third quarter. Article

> Google's Nest is opening its service up to third-party developers. The company also said it will share data with parent Google. Article

> San Francisco said it will ban select parking apps. Article

> T-Mobile US's new unlimited streaming radio offering is only available on select plans. Article

> T-Mobile said it inked agency agreements with several master agencies, actions that mark the launch of its new business-to-business Channel Partner Program. Article

> Congress continues to move forward with legislation for phone unlocking. Article

> Freemium apps generate 98 percent of Google Play app store revenue, according to a new study. Article

> The FCC has hired an investment banking firm to help it recruit TV broadcasters to participate in next year's 600 MHz incentive spectrum auction. Article

> Opera is buying mobile ad firm AdColony for $75 million. Article

> Verizon and VMware will expand their strategic relationship, which will include a "joint vision for the mobile cloud era" and Verizon Enterprise Solutions reselling the AirWatch by VMware Platform. Release

> McDonald's is testing a mobile payment and ordering app. Article

> Qualcomm won a patent infringement ruling against ParkerVision. Article

> Craig Barratt, who headed chipmaker Atheros before Qualcomm acquired the company, is now in charge of "Access and Energy" at Google and sits next to top Google managers like Sundar Pichai and Susan Wojcicki. Article

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Telecom News

> BT Security has completed a major upgrade to its threat monitoring service which it said will help companies better identify and protect against security threats. Article

Cable News

> Setting its sights on the next step in its European invasion, Netflix is reportedly in talks with Germany's Deutsche Telekom for carriage on the company's IPTV service, Entertain. Article

> Cablevision announced Monday that it's upgrading its Optimum Voice package to include HD phone services for subscribers with HD-cable phones at no extra charge. Article

And finally… The developers behind the popular Yo app plan to target businesses next. Article

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