Verizon reportedly preparing to increase upgrade fees; Sprint scheduled to turn off WiMAX

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Normally patent rivals, Samsung and Apple teamed up to get the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to invalidate a patent claim by Smartflash. Bloomberg article

> Google said it will give $344,000 in grants to the city of Seattle to help install Wi-Fi in low-income areas. Seattle Times article

> Amazon said there are now 100 brands supporting its Dash button. Engadget article

> Sprint is scheduled to turn off its WiMAX network today. RCR article

> Verizon is reportedly planning to increase its fees for customers who switch to new phones. PhoneArena article

> The FBI said it agreed to help an Arkansas prosecutor unlock Apple's devices. Engadget article

> Disney said it will no longer support the Apple TV with its Disney Infinity game. Engadget article

> AT&T announced a series of new executive appointments, including for Janna Ducich in New England (release), Judy Cavalieri in AT&T's " Liberty States" (release), and Bryan Gonterman in New York and New Jersey (release).

Telecom News

> AT&T has come under fire from a telecom consultant who claims the telco is negotiating an agreement with the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) that would apparently provide AT&T $100 million to bring broadband service to nearly all of the state's residents. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Ericsson is asking the FCC to grant it the ability to modify an existing license so it can advance its 5G testing with Verizon. Article

> Yet another acronym can be added to the list: IoST, for the Internet of Small Things, which presumably is something different from the Internet of Things (IoT) and also known by the term NB-IoT, for narrowband network. Article

Cable News

> Comcast has confirmed that it will end its beta trial of the Electronics Arts-powered Xfinity Games feature on the X1 platform. Article

And finally… Silicon Valley recruiters are looking for employees with college degrees. Article

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