Verizon's monthly wireless bills average $148; Huawei's operating profit jumps 40%

Quick news from around the Web.

> Google added Google Now to its latest version of its Chrome desktop Internet browser. Article

> Huawei is developing its own octa-core phone processor. Article

> Facebook plans to release a suite of stand-alone mobile apps, like Facebook Messenger, this year, according to a new report. Article

> BlackBerry scored an order for 1,000 smartphones from a German company. Article

> C Spire will start using a new advertising agency. Article

> AT&T's CEO said the company is awaiting President Obama's changes to the nation's surveillance programs. Article

> Samsung announced its new Galaxy Tab 3 Lite tablet. Article

> Apple agreed to refund $32.5 million in app purchases related to disputes about children buying apps. Article

> China Mobile's iPhone pre-orders topped 1 million. Article

> According to a new survey from Cowen and Company, Verizon Wireless' average monthly bill to customers is the highest of Tier 1 carriers, at $148. Article

> Sprint is now touting its Easy Pay phone upgrade plan. Article

> FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler added additional layers of complexity to his position on net neutrality in a new blog post. Article

> Huawei said its operating profit rose 40 percent. Article

Wireless Tech News

> The Wireless Registry wants people to include their connected devices in its registry and is touting the idea that claiming a unique name for each device will give users more control over information related to the devices' signals. Article

> Carlson Wireless Technologies' RuralConnect TVWS system won FCC certification for use with Spectrum Bridges' TV white spaces database. Article

> A tiny windmill created by researchers at the University of Texas Arlington might be used to charge cell phone batteries and even provide home energy generation. Article

Telecom News

> Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent's research division, has begun a cloud services collaborative initiative with engineering students at Mexico's Tecnológico de Monterrey's Computer Technology school. Article

> GWI is accusing Maine Fiber Co. of misusing federal funds for statewide network. Article

> Verizon may not be pursuing new FiOS markets, but its ongoing deployment of fiber to multi-dwelling units in New York City is enabling it to more effectively keep cable competitors, particularly Time Warner Cable, at bay. Article

Cable News

> Charter Communications executives are taking big risks in ridiculing Time Warner Cable management. Editor's Corner

> From a cable perspective, who were the biggest winners and losers at this year's Consumer Electronics Show? Editor's Corner

> DirecTV is reserving the right to use the brand "WV Wild & Wonderful Sports" for the launch of a network that would deliver streaming video and on-demand sports content, according to two trademark applications it filed last week. Article

And finally… Philip Falcone was reportedly late to his court appearance today in a case involving LightSquared and Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen. Tweet

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