Verizon reportedly planning to cut 1,000 jobs; BlackBerry hints at Chinese interest

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> The FCC said its broadband in rural America push has attracted almost 600 project bids from 181 applicants, representing nearly $885 million worth of projects. Release

> Verizon is reportedly planning to cut 1,000 jobs, but it's unclear where those cuts will come from. Article

> BlackBerry's CEO said he is interested in partnerships in China after meeting with Xiaomi and Lenovo executives. Article

> Nokia Networks said it is bringing LTE Advanced technology to small cells by demonstrating carrier aggregation and speeds of more than 200 Mbps. Release

> According to new reports, Apple's rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" has been delayed. Article

> According to a report, Apple is planning to build up to 40 million smart watches. Article

> Cisco's forecast for its upcoming quarter is below analysts' forecasts. Article

> Google said it is now delivering its Android 5.0 software, nicknamed Lollipop, to its Nexus devices. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Verizon Wireless has entered into a multiyear research partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, with the objective of fostering development of new technology solutions in for the Internet of Things (IoT), including the areas of telematics, wearables and LTE network enhancements. Article

> Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk confirmed that his firm, SpaceX, is in the early stages of developing advanced microsatellites operating in large formations, saying a formal announcement would come in two to three months. Article

> Huawei's been making a lot of noise about 5G lately, so it's no surprise that rival ZTE would want to get in on the action. The Chinese vendor provided updates on its vision for "pre5G" at an international meeting of industry officials. Article

> Mimosa Networks, the startup that wants to bring fiber-like Internet service to unconnected places, announced the C5i, a Hotspot-to-the-Home Gateway that uses outdoor Wi-Fi to deliver Internet access to the home. Article

Telecom News

> Fashion house BCBG Max Azria Group has tabbed CenturyLink to connect more than 400 retail boutiques with a fully managed and monitored VoIP network and in-store Wi-Fi service for shoppers. Article

> Alaskan telecommunications provider GCI is partnering with oil and gas monitoring and optimization provider WellAware on a deal to provide oil and gas field operators access to advanced analytics of their remote operations. The partnership will be managed by GCI Industrial Telecom. Article

Cable News

> Leveraging its installed base of 35 million U.S. PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles, Sony unveiled long-anticipated plans for its new, cloud-based pay-TV service Thursday. Article

> Even though it's blessed with some of the most in-demand original series on television, AMC Networks has no plans to take its programming over the top of the existing pay-TV model. Article

And finally… Chinese hackers have reportedly broken into U.S. weather systems. Article