Verizon launches Nexus 6; Google drops LTE from Chromebooks

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"Samsung Galaxy S6 Active rumored as AT&T exclusive  via @CNET" --@FierceWireless

> Avaya appears to have outed Ruckus Wireless as the Wi-Fi equipment supplier to the San Jose Earthquakes stadium. Article

> Toshiba powers the chips in Google Project Ara modular smartphone effort. Article

> Apple has discontinued sales of Jawbone and Nike wearable devices in its stores, likely in anticipation of its Apple Watch. Article

> The Guardian has corrected and clarified a series of articles on the mobile app Whisper. Article

> Snapchat scored funding from Alibaba that valued the company at $15 billion. Article

> Verizon Wireless is selling the Moto E for $99 via its prepaid plans. Article

> Verizon Wireless will sell the Nexus 6 starting today, almost six months after the device was first announced. Article

> Sony will close its PlayStation Mobile offering. Article

> Nokia is offering its HERE mapping service on the iPhone. Article

> Google is no longer selling devices via Google Play. Article

> Vaio is now selling smartphones. Article

> Google decided to discontinue installing an LTE modem in its Chromebooks because users instead have opted to use their phones' mobile hotspots to power Internet connections for the device. Article

> Apple's iTunes and App Store suffered an outage that lasted almost 12 hours. Article

Wireless Tech News

> After a couple of face-to-face meetings in recent weeks, the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) expects its first code release in April. Article

> In the first Senate Commerce Committee hearing on its progress toward establishing a common nationwide broadband public-safety network, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was queried on everything from how it will incorporate rural areas into its broadband network to the excruciatingly long periods it takes FirstNet to hire people. Article

> Just about every major RAN vendor, with the exception of Alcatel-Lucent, had something labeled in its MWC booth as 5G. Industry Voices

Telecom News

> Masergy is giving its multi-site customers another option to bring more of their locations onto one network by offering its Network as a Service (NaaS) self-service option. Article

> Service providers' ongoing moves to upgrade existing copper and build out Greenfield fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services were a key contributor in broadband aggregation revenues, a sector that Infonetics Research said rose 9 percent in 2014 to $8.2 million. Article

Cable News

> Sony is concentrating the initial rollout of its PlayStation Vue pay-TV service on major cities, a move that seems to be somewhat of a retreat from its promise of commercial availability of the service in Q1. Article

> TiVo-owned video-recommendation company Digitalsmiths released another report damning bundled pay-TV viewing on Wednesday, concluding that around 1.5 million Americans have plans to ditch their cable, satellite or IPTV service. Article

And finally… The $10,000 Apple Watch is primarily intended for users who want to show off their wealth. Article

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