White House says Cuba open to U.S. telecoms; BYO Wireless tweaks plans, adds LTE

Quick news from around the Web.

> A judge evaluating an antitrust lawsuit against Google targeting Android said she needs more factual details in the case before proceeding. Article

> The White House said U.S. telecommunications firms can now operate in Cuba. Article

> China is reportedly planning to replace foreign technology suppliers with domestic ones. Article

> BYO Wireless said it launched new plans that support LTE as well as free double data with AutoRenew. Release

> Mobile analytics company Mixpanel said it raised $65 million in funding. Article

> Samsung is shutting down its ChatOn service. Article

> Microsoft said it would issue its "Denim" update to Lumia phones next month. Article

> A BBC investigation found that Apple is not sufficiently protecting workers in its Chinese factories. Article

Telecom News

> Windstream's proposed buildout of its new Kinetic IPTV service in Lincoln, Neb., is facing protest from local cable incumbent Time Warner Cable, which says the telco is getting a better franchise deal. Article

> Verizon has implemented what it says is the first office application (FOA) of Ciena's 200G technology over about 200 miles on its long-haul production network between Boston and New York. Article

Cable News

> What would an unbundled ESPN cost? $30 a month, says Manhattan consulting firm. Article

> Giving consumers one more retrans dispute to end the year, NBCUniversal has threatened to block out its broadcast network and 10 cable channels on Cable One if a renewal deal isn't in place by New Year's Day. Article

European Wireless News

> Telenor's Danish subsidiary is planning to launch commercial voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in 2015, after completing its first test call of the technology using kit from Nokia Networks. Article

> A UK government agreement with mobile operators to plug rural coverage gaps could end ongoing uncertainty over an Ofcom revaluation of 2G license fees, a leading Ovum analyst has said. Article

And finally… The latest prediction says Apple will release a TV product in 2016. Article


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