China's Internet users reached 641M by end of July; Vonage now owns 51 U.S. patents

Wireline news from across the web:

@FierceTelecom RT @BeautyApps: Customers are 58+% into their buying decision before they contact you. Article | Follow @FierceTelecom

> China's Internet users reached 641 million by the end of July 2014, according to China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC). Article (sub. req.)

> Vonage Holdings Corp. announced that it was granted two additional patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and now owns 51 U.S. patents. Release

> O2 Germany's DSL and telephone service suffered a short outage over the past weekend. Article (sub. req.)

> GigOptix appointed industry veteran Emad Afifi, co-founder of Ensphere Solutions, to the newly created role of senior director of CMOS Engineering for the Datacom and Consumer Product Lines. Release

Cable News
> After heavily promoting its availability of college football-related programming all summer, Dish Network revealed that it's blacking out four opening-weekend games on Fox Sports 1. Article

> Internet service for Charter Communications' 4.56 million broadband subscribers nationwide experienced significant weekend disruptions, with thousands of users across the country breaking out their mobile phones to express their discontent. Article

Online Video News
> Amazon announced it bought Twitch for $970 million in an all-cash acquisition. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon Wireless will launch its Voice over LTE service on a nationwide basis in the "coming weeks," and will enable HD Voice and video calling in phones' native dialers. Article

> A "major carrier" is considering purchasing Sprint MVNO FreedomPop, according to a person familiar with the matter. The talks started after Sprint reportedly discontinued its efforts to merge with T-Mobile US. Article

And finally… @Lightower Fiber: The #Cloud doesn't work without the network.