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The Wi-Fi Alliance this week kicked off its certification program for 802.11ac, the new 5 GHz beam forming standard. Kaplan’s TechStars-powered startup accelerator — the latest to launch for education entrepreneurs — is announcing the startups in its inaugural class, reports GigaOm. Sprint Nextel has filed a lawsuit against Dish and Clearwire seeking to prevent Clearwire from accepting Dish’s tender offer as well as other injunctive and compensatory relief. Samsung is planning an LTE-Advanced version of its Galaxy S4, the company’s co-CEO, told Reuters. Tom Wheeler, the former head lobbyist for the cable and wireless phone industry, and nominated to lead the FCC by President Obama, will face his Senate confirmation hearing tomorrow. Steven Levy explains How Google Will Use High-Flying Balloons to Deliver Internet to the Hinterlands. The new leader of the twice-yearly list of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers is the Tianhe-2, with 3. In a roundtable discussion, three NSA officials Thomas Drake, William Binney and J. Kirk Wiebe — previous NSA whistle-blowers — tell USA TODAY that Edward Snowden’s claims vindicate them. Samsung yesterday unveiled the Galaxy S4 Zoom, both a camera and a phone. The S4 Zoom features a 10x Optical Zoom, 16 Mega Pixel CMOS Sensor, OIS and Xenon Flash with the latest Samsung GALAXY S4 technology. In a White House memorandum today, President Barack Obama laid out plans to promote spectrum sharing for federal agencies and proposed new spectrum in the unlicensed 5 GHz band.