Verizon expects move in M2M to LTE; Google working on delivery drones

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> Flashtotalk and B2B Soft announced that businesses with B2B Soft's Wireless Standard Retail Management Platform can now call on Flashtotalk's flashing suite to re-provision their customers' devices to work with a new mobile carrier's system. Release

> Verizon Wireless is expecting more M2M services to move to LTE. Article

> After another quarter of sluggish tablet sales, IDC lowered its year-over-year growth rate forecast for this year to 6.5 percent from 12.1 percent, for a total of 233.1 million units. Release

> Former FCC chief Julius Genachowski is now on President Obama's advisory board for intelligence. Article

> According to ABI Research, the installed base of active wireless connected devices will reach 16 billion in 2014, a 20 percent increase from the prior year. Article

> For the past two years, Google has been working on delivery drones. Article

> Amid sluggish sales, Rovio said it will install a new CEO starting next year. Article

Telecom News

> Germany's Deutsche Telekom has activated vectored VDSL for 20 initial local towns in its territory, a move that will allow it to raise VDSL speeds to 100/40 Mbps, reports Article

> With the debut of its Connect to the Cloud platform, Zayo is joining the growing crowd of service providers offering their network as a conduit for business customers to access third-party cloud providers. Zayo's program offers connectivity to over 500 data centers worldwide. Article

Cable News

> Signaling the strength and capacity of the cable broadband market, DOCSIS channel shipments surpassed a quarterly benchmark of 1 million for the first time in Q2, reaching 1.2 million, Infonetics reports. Article

> CenturyLink has accused Comcast of using its influence with local government officials to prevent the company from entering markets where the No. 1 cable operator is entrenched. Article

European Wireless News

> Eircom agreed a key network sharing deal with Three Ireland that will see the two operators share existing mobile infrastructure and split the cost of deploying new cell sites through 2030. Article

> At least 16 operators worldwide have confirmed they are either trialing or deploying LTE Broadcast, although operators in only five European markets have publically revealed trials to date. Article

And finally… Rival coffee cup makers have already cracked Keurig's DRM. Article