Walmart acquires Simplexity's activation system; Sprint kills legacy Picture Mail service

Quick news from around the Web.

> PayPal is backing off from its Payment Card efforts, which allow users to pay for goods and services with their PayPal account via a standard, plastic magnetic-stripe card. Article

> More pictures of the reportedly iPhone 6 have been posted online. Article

> Nokia said it expanded its partnership with Juniper Networks for cloud services. Article

> After Simplexity filed for bankruptcy, Walmart said it acquired Simplexity's Wireless Activation Retail Platform (WARP) solution on May 2 to improve its device activations service. Post

> iDEN network operator Con Edison said it selected Ericsson to manage its internal network in New York City. Release

> Nexmo said it partnered with 21Vianet to target the Chinese market. Release

> Samsung said it will fight a ruling that found it infringed on some Apple patents. Article

> Apple gave stocks worth around $68.1 million to Angela Ahrendts, the company's new chief of retail. Article

> Facebook is charging around $1 million per day for video ads. Article

> Ericsson said it appointed Robert Puskaric as the new head of its Modems business unit. Release

> Microsoft is expected to release a smaller Surface tablet at an event May 20. Article

> Sprint said it will discontinue its legacy Picture Mail service. Article

Mobile Developer News

> What foursquare's future could tell developers about their own. Editor's Corner

> The in-app model dominates the mobile video ad space, with three in-app ads running for every mobile Web-based ad, according to the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA). Article

Telecom News

> EarthLink reported that it narrowed its business service revenue losses to 4.3 percent to report a total of $234.3 million in revenues as its sales team made progress with extending the contracts with existing customers. Article

> Juniper is facing a patent infringement suit from Spherix, an intellectual property development company, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware over claims that it infringes five router patents. Article

Cable News

> DirecTV reported a 4 percent year-over-year revenue improvement in the first quarter when, worldwide, the satellite provider brought in $7.86 billion. Article

> Given the opportunity to come down favoring or opposing Comcast's bid for Time Warner Cable, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo stood firmly in the middle. Article

And finally… The U.S. government is testing an online ID service. Article

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