ZTE to bring Grand S II to U.S. market; Sprint CTO: 2014 is 'the year' for carrier

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@FierceWireless: BlackBerry: no retreat from consumer phones | via @Telegraph. Article[email protected]

> Chinese wireless carriers are reducing the price of the iPhone. Article

> GreatCall introduced a new health app for caregivers. Article

> Sprint CTO Stephen Bye said that 2014 "is the year" for the nation's No. 3 wireless carrier. He said Sprint this year will complete its Network Vision LTE network upgrade and modernization project, and that it would roll out its high-speed "Sprint Spark" service to at least 100 million POPs. Article

> Wilson Electronics announced a new signal booster that can work across multiple carriers. Article

> C Spire Wireless said it now offers LTE service in Waynesboro. Release

> Flash Networks said it has acquired Mobixell, which Flash said is a " dominant player in mobile data management, network optimization, and rich media delivery solutions." Release

> Yahoo said it purchased Aviate, and separately it released its new Yahoo News Digest app for the iPhone. Article

> Facebook said it will buy Little Eye Labs, which offers technology to monitor Android apps. Article

> Cisco's CEO believes the Internet of Things is a $19 trillion market. Article

> Ford's CEO, Alan Mulally, said he will not become Microsoft's next CEO. Article

> Samsung plans to release more wearable devices in the months ahead. Article

> Apple is reportedly having manufacturing troubles with its planned, but so far unannounced, iWatch. Article

> ZTE's new flagship Grand S II smartphone will be backed by a U.S. carrier sometime in the first half of 2013, according to a senior ZTE executive. Article

Online Video News

> Aereo, the online-video startup that offers access to local TV stations in some markets, said it raised another $34 million to help it expand more broadly. Article

> Sony released a few new details about its planned over-the-top video service at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The company confirmed during a keynote presentation Tuesday morning that it is planning to test a cloud-based TV service. Article

Telecom News

> Verizon's CEO said FiOS drives up the carrier's consumer wireline margins. Article

> CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is using this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to show off how its enhanced Prism TV app can work with LG Electronics' Internet-connected Smart TV products. Article

Cable News

> Comcast will deliver some programming from the Winter Olympics in Russia in 4K Ultra HD format, CTO Tony Werner said here at the Consumer Electronics Show. Article

> Disney, Time Warner, Viacom, Fox, NBC Universal and CBS have all seen gains from ad growth and carriage fee negotiations, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Article

And finally… Google is using boats to get its employees to work. Article

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