ZTE reports surging smartphone sales; Lenovo gets into wearables with fitness tracker

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> After completing its purchase of Nest, Google expanded its activities in the home automation space with the purchase of home-automation device maker Revolv. Article

> South Korea's wireless carriers said iPhone pre-orders outpaced those of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4. Article

> ZTE reported a significant increase in sales of and revenues from smartphones. Release

> The FCC fined TerraCom and YourTel America $10 million for storing phone customers' personal information. Article

> Sprint Business said it has been named a Trusted Advisor for the Enterprise and Midmarket segments by Nemertes Research. Release

> Chinese manufacturer Lenovo added a new fitness wristband tracker, called the Lenovo Smartband, to its website. Article

> Telenor inked a five-year deal with Ericsson for radio hardware and professional services. Release

Wireless Tech News

> The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) and the AllSeen Alliance are both working to standardize the Internet of Things (IoT) space and make devices interoperable--and in doing so they pit some of the industry's biggest giants against one other. And that battle appears to be entering a new phase over intellectual property (IP) licensing. Article

> Boingo Wireless, well-known as a provider of distributed antenna systems (DAS) and Wi-Fi, is also in the business of serving the U.S. military with Internet and IPTV services. Article

> Current Analysis analyst Peter Jarich posits on the edge of the mobile network. Industry Voices

Telecom News

> Birch Communications has enhanced its status in the cloud services market for business customers by being named a Polycom Platinum Level Choice Partner. Article

> Frontier Communications is making its first move into the 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) game by launching services for both residential and business customers in the Durham, N.C., area. Article

Cable News

> Viacom and Ninja Turtles are taking the Suddenlink battle to a West Virginia high school. Article

> After receiving a flurry of minimally explained private investments in recent weeks, Roku is reported to be in the midst of planning a confidential public offering. Article

European Wireless News

> Telecom Italia plans to sell only part of its stake in Telecom Argentina and the rest once it has received regulatory approval for the full sale to Fintech, after agreeing to a request by the New York-based fund to amend the original sale agreement for the unit. Article

> Vodafone continues to be dogged by taxation problems as the operator confirmed it is probing a potential fraud at Spanish unit Ono just weeks after finally making progress in a long-running tax dispute in India. Article

And finally… Meet the app-controlled coffee maker. Article

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