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July 5, 2012
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  Top Story 
  • Apple may prep mini-iPad for late-year debut
    Video: Insiders: Apple is Preparing an iPad Mini  
    Apple reportedly will release a small-screen iPad by the end of this year in an effort to compete against Google, Amazon and Microsoft in the smaller-screen tablet space. Production could begin in September on an iPad with a 7- to 8-inch screen -- compared with the device's current 9.7-inch size -- that would lack the high-resolution Retina display that Apple introduced this year on the iPad. "It would be the competitors' worst nightmare," Sterne Agee & Leach analyst Shaw Wu said. Apple is not commenting on the possible device. ClipSyndicate (7/4), The Wall Street Journal (7/5), Bloomberg (7/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Company News 
  • Heins denies that RIM is in "death spiral"
    Even as Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins insisted Tuesday that the BlackBerry-maker is not in a "death spiral," the Canadian company was said to be negotiating with carriers to cut back on the fees that contribute more than one-third of its revenue. "There's nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now," Heins told the CBC. Analysts say RIM is under pressure from carriers to lower the fees they pay to access its BlackBerry server infrastructure. Reuters (7/3), Bloomberg Businessweek (7/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google takes down Galaxy Nexus from site as it preps patch
    Hours after Google said it would join with Samsung Electronics to devise a patch to avoid a court-ordered ban on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone, the company took the product off its Google Play shelves, replacing it with a note that the handset would be "coming soon." Apple won a federal court injunction banning U.S. sales of the Nexus due to patent infringement. All Things D (7/3), CNET (7/4), All Things D (7/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Marketing 
  • Samsung sees value in mobile ads, will offer discounts via iPhones
    Samsung Electronics' plan to offer up to $300 in smartphone discounts through advertising on iPhones points to a mobile-ad boom, writes Sarah Frier. Samsung, which doubled its U.S. wireless-ad spending in the first quarter, citing its effectiveness, admits there are challenges inherent in the medium. "You're dealing with so many fewer pixels that being able to articulate the brand promise and the offer is challenging. It needs to be exclusively built for mobile," said Colleen McDuffe, a Samsung Mobile USA marketing director. Bloomberg Businessweek (7/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cisco sees small-cell LTE as an urgent matter
    Cisco Systems says development of a microcell that supports Long-Term Evolution technology is a priority and that the company could develop a prototype within six months. "It all starts and stops with the silicon," said Cisco's John Murray, adding that such a device would also support other wireless technologies. Light Reading Mobile (7/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Jelly Bean" rollout could be a long, slow process
    Google could release new versions of Android before many users of its wireless devices get a chance to sample version 4.1, or "Jelly Bean," which powers the new Nexus tablet, a published report suggests. The platform is likely to show up on many of Samsung Electronics' Nexus smartphones as well as on the Motorola Xoom tablet. Google says it has extended the reach of Android 4.0 -- "Ice Cream Sandwich" -- to roughly 10% of all of Android mobile devices. PCWorld/Today @ PC World blog (7/4), CNET (7/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Is Android on the ropes? Analysts aren't sure
    Analysts are debating whether Apple's recent patent victories against Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet will discourage Android developers from writing for the platform. They also offer mixed views on whether Android's legal defeats will stifle technological innovation or spur creativity as engineers search for ways to build around Apple's patents. Network World (7/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Public Policy 
  • Facebook agrees to abide by Calif. app privacy guidelines
    Facebook told California's attorney general that it would join Microsoft, Amazon and Apple in adhering to a set of mobile application privacy guidelines in its new Facebook App Center. The state reached a similar agreement with the three companies earlier this year. "Given Facebook's increasingly large user base and existing third-party app infrastructure, the App Center is likely to have an impact of significance on the global mobile application marketplace," attorney Brian Karp said in a blog post. InformationWeek (7/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • July WOW Insider Interview: 2012 VITA™ Wireless Samaritan Awards
    In the July Wonder of Wireless (WOW) Insider Interview, CTIA-The Wireless Foundation Executive Director Kimberly Bassett and CTIA Vice President of Wireless Internet Development David Diggs, who is the former executive director of the foundation, talk about the history and purpose of the annual VITA™ Wireless Samaritan Awards, along with some of their favorite moments from the event. We also get a sneak peek at this year's ceremony. Watch this month's WOW Insider Interview. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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