Verizon to buy AWS spectrum from Stelera; Jolla to begin selling Sailfish phone

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> Jolla, the startup based on Nokia's MeeGo software, is preparing to sell its first Sailfish phone in Europe. Article

> Smartphones accounted for 55 percent of global mobile phone shipments in the third quarter. Article

> Apple is demanding $380 million in payments from Samsung in their patent trial, but Samsung is offering to pay $52 million. Article

> BlackBerry officially secured its $1 billion in financing and also laid off around 200 employees. Article

> Cisco's sales fell short of estimates. Article

> Verizon Wireless is looking to buy AWS spectrum from Stelera. Article

> Under Armour announced it will purchase MapMyFitness for $150 million. Article

> AT&T Mobility is reportedly cracking down on unlocking large numbers of iPhones. Article

> The former Barclays and Verizon executive Shaygan Kheradpir will serve as Juniper Networks' new CEO. Article

> Snapchat turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook. Article

> A new version of Facebook's Messenger app for iOS features integrations with phone numbers. Article

> T-Mobile US will sell the new Hydro XTRM from Kyocera to business users. Release

> Huawei plans to increase spending in Canada on research and development. Article

> Sony released a PlayStation app for iOS and Android users. Article

Wireless Tech News

> The shift toward software-defined networking (SDN) will entail a 10-year process, but the migration is already beginning and will ramp up even more during 2014, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Article

> Network infrastructure startup Range Networks announced developments designed to enhance the capabilities and further build the ecosystem of its architecture, which is based on commercial open source software. Article

> Oslo-based Cloudberry Mobile said it has partnered with Cisco Systems on a managed service designed to lower the cost of small cell deployments and make them attractive to a broader audience of service providers. Article

Telecom News

> Google Fiber will begin lighting up customers in Provo, Utah. Article

Cable News

> Comcast's NBCUniversal subsidiary said it has taken full ownership of preschool network Sprout, in a deal that will see it compete with Walt Disney Co.'s Disney Junior and Viacom's Nick Jr. Article

> Verizon bought cloud TV tech provider upLynk. Article

European Wireless News

> T-Mobile expects an end to Austria's price war as new MVNO targets a 2014 launch. Article

> Belgium issued three LTE licenses as a Czech auction got underway. Article

> Vodafone boosted its "Project Spring" network upgrade spending to £7 billion. Article

And finally… LG Electronics is hoping to build a new headquarters in New Jersey despite opposition from residents there. Article


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