Verizon pushing Galaxy S5; U.S. Cellular to expand LTE network

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> U.S. Cellular said it expanded its LTE network to new areas including in Iowa, Illinois, Maine, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Some of the new cities that will receive 4G LTE speeds are Oklahoma City, Emporia, Kan., and areas of Door County, Wis. Release

> SoftBank is reportedly searching for new businesses in Europe. Article

> Apple is increasing its marketing spend. Article

> Verizon Wireless is advertising the new Samsung Galaxy S5. Article

> Intel adjusted its financial reporting to account for the sale of mobile devices. Article

> A jury ruled in favor of BlackBerry in its patent battle with NXP. Article

> After raising $250 million in funding, Lyft cut its prices by up to 20 percent. Article

> WhatsApp is slowly morphing into an MVNO. Article

Mobile Developer News

> Don't worry, the best app developers won't live with their moms forever. Editor's Corner

> Even Microsoft might be surprised to learn that developers on Twitter were almost universally positive about its "universal app" plans. Article

Telecom News

> Marc Lefar, Vonage's CEO, said that he is going to retire from the VoIP provider once a replacement is found. Article

> Frontier Communications has invested more than $326 million, including $80 million in 2013, upgrading its network facilities New York over the past three years to improve consumer broadband and enhance the availability of Ethernet to more businesses. Article

Cable News

> Comcast laid out its argument with the FCC to merge with Time Warner Cable. Article

> About 667,287 subscribers have already given the WWE's new online network a thumbs-up—at $9.99 a month with a requisite six month buy-in—and projections are that the number will grow to a million by the end of the year. Article

> AT&T has put its own spin on the ever-popular package bundle with a $39 offering that includes HBO and its mobile app HBO Go, 18 Mbps Internet access (24 Mbps for an additional $10 a month) and U-verse basic TV. Article

And finally… The No. 1 paid app in the Google app store is a scam. Article

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