Vodafone's CTO to retire; Facebook offering free services in Colombia

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> Vodafone's chief technology officer, Steve Pusey, will retire this summer. Article

> China's Xiaomi released the Mi Note, which sports a 5.7-inch screen. Article

> RadioShack may be preparing to file for bankruptcy. Article

> Alcatel-Lucent hired an Oracle executive, Bhaskar Gorti, to oversee its NFV efforts. Article

> According to new reports, online ad company Turn is resurrecting tracking cookies that Verizon users have deleted. Article

> Facebook is offering free access to a handful of web services to users in Colombia. Article

> Johan Wibergh, the head of Ericsson's network business, will leave his position and take on a role outside Ericsson, the company announced. Release

Wireless Tech News

> With the help of Mobile Beacon, libraries in the five boroughs of New York City will be lending out 10,000 high-speed hotspots to low-income residents who qualify. The Johnston, R.I.-based nonprofit is partnering with Sprint to distribute the hotspots. Article

> Marriott is no longer working to block personal Wi-Fi networks. Article

Telecom News

> Unite Private Networks has armed itself with a $273 million credit facility to support ongoing fiber network expansions that will support its growing base of enterprise and wireless operator customers. Article

Cable News

> In preparation for what it hopes will be an FCC-approved takeover of Time Warner Cable, Comcast Cable EVP and COO David Watson circulated an internal memo, announcing a new executive structure based on three core regions. Article

> Atlanta technology company Clearleap says it's stuck a deal with A+E Networks to power set-top-based VOD programming across all of the conglomerate's channels. Article

And finally… Google announced it is partnering with auto makers to develop self-driving cars. Article

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