Google-Verizon Net Neutrality Deal Wouldn't Impact Wireless
According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, Verizon and Google have reached a tentative agreement regarding the prioritization of internet traffic. The Journal reports that the agreement between Verizon and Google could be announced as soon as Friday, though details are scare. The Journal's sources did make it clear, however, that the net neutrality agreement would not apply to Verizon's wireless network. This means that Verizon Wireless will continue to manage its wireless network as it sees fit. Both Google and Verizon Wireless have publicly refuted the original story as reported by the New York Times, despite providing comments to the paper. The two companies say the Times overstated the intentions of their discussions. Neither company refuted the Journal's portrayal of events.
Verizon Closer to $10B Asset Sale to Pay Down Debt
Verizon Communications has lined up several deals that will earn it up to $10 billion, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company took on a massive amount of debt to buy Vodafone's portion of Verizon Wireless last year.
Google Wireless Service May Require Nexus 6
Google's forthcoming wireless service will only be available to the Nexus 6 handset at launch, reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with Google's plans, the Journal says Google's wireless service will "weave together" access from T-Mobile and Sprint's cellular services, in addition to WiFi.
Google To Target Kids with YouTube App
Google is prepared to release a version of YouTube designed specifically for kids, according to the Wall Street Journal. The app will stand apart from the main YouTube app and will be free.
T-Mobile Hopes to Woo Sprint With a New Tune
T-Mobile has approached Sprint with a new proposal, reports the Wall Street Journal, in an attempt to keep the potential merger of the two companies alive. Talks failed earlier this week when Masayoshi Son, CEO of Sprint parent SoftBank, appeared to walk away from the deal over a disagreement concerning which company would own the other.