Xiaomi to make $1B from mobile services this year; T-Mobile offers free calling, texting to Nepal

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> Discover has joined Apple Pay. Article

> Luxottica is making a new version of Google Glass, the company said. Article

> BlackBerry is considering shuttering its operations in Sweden. Article

> China's Xiaomi said it expects to earn $1 billion this year from the sale of mobile services. Article

> T-Mobile US is offering free calling and texting to Nepal following the devastating earthquake there. Article

> Federated Wireless said it will support the FCC's new Spectrum Access System (SAS) for the 3.5 GHz band. Release

> Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is using data from Apple's HealthKit service. Article

Wireless Tech News

> What exactly is 4.5G? Industry Voices

> It looks as though for all intents and purposes, Amtrak still hasn't managed to fix the Wi-Fi problems that have plagued the railroad service provider in the Northeast. Article

> Seattle Center is using TV white space (TVWS) as part of a pilot project to see how the technology could be rolled out to city neighborhoods. Article

Telecom News

> Birch Communications is enhancing its multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) product with greater reach and the addition of new service delivery elements for existing and new business customers. Article

Cable News

> Just hours after Comcast and Time Warner Cable officially confirmed that their marriage is off comes word that Charter Communications is preparing to make its next bid for TWC. Article

> TV and radio stations owned by the Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox are refusing to run commercials in New York promoting Verizon's new "Custom HD" pay-TV program bundle system, the wireless giant says. Article

European Wireless News

> Cellcom Israel and Golan Telecom are reportedly stepping up efforts to gain approval of network sharing agreements covering their 2G/3G/4G infrastructure after the government gave the green light to a rival deal last week. Article

> Tele2 said Joachim Horn, its current executive vice president and CTIO, is to leave the company in order to take up a new position at an undisclosed telecoms company in Asia. Article

And finally… "It just seems like automation and artificial intelligence makes people more productive, and smarter," said Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman. Article

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