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March 7, 2013
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  • Heins offers rosy view of BlackBerry Z10 sales
    BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins cheered investors telling an interviewer that the new Z10 smartphone has performed better than expected. "[I]t's also been attractive for customers coming from other platforms. We are a little surprised by that," he told a Spanish newspaper. The Z10 is expected to reach 21 countries by the end of this week, although U.S. carriers have not set a firm launch date. Verizon Wireless has indicated a late March debut, while T-Mobile USA has pointed to a mid-March ship. Bloomberg (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • AT&T will stay the course on subsidizing some tablets
    AT&T will continue to offer a $100 discount on tablets that connect to the carrier's wireless network to help customers pay for the higher cost of 4G-enabled devices, AT&T Mobility Chief Financial Officer Pete Ritcher told an investor conference Wednesday. Ritcher said the subsidies will not be permanent, predicting that eventually all tablets will eventually offer cellular connectivity built in. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Marketing 
  • OrderAhead lets mobile shoppers step to the front of the line
    OrderAhead's mobile application is designed to help consumers avoid long lines in stores by buying items through their smartphones and then picking them up without waiting in line. The 18-month-old San Francisco-based startup claims more than 600 merchants are participating, mostly in the Bay Area, and plans to expand to more cities over the next six months. OrderAhead, which has raised $2.5 million, takes a cut from the merchant but the retail price remains the same, said CEO Jeff Byun. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More schools are embracing tablets as a textbook replacement
    A move among school districts to replace textbooks with tablets is well under way. Districts are finding major benefits in the move, including immediate updates of the texts to reflect current events, greater student interest in their work and at times reduced costs. On Wednesday, News Corp. unveiled its $299 10-inch Amplify tablet, which includes software designed especially for school districts. "We must use technology to empower teachers and improve the way students learn," said Joel Klein, a former head of New York City's schools who runs News Corp.'s education tablet program. ABC News/The Associated Press (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Apple extends U.S. smartphone lead over Samsung
    Apple's share of the U.S. smartphone market grew by 3.5 percentage points from a year ago to reach 37.8%, while Samsung Electronics climbed 1.9 points to 21.4%, according to comScore's latest quarterly report for the period ended in January. HTC and Motorola Mobility lost share points in third and fourth place, respectively, while LG Electronics gained a bit. On the software side, Apple edged closer to Google's Android platform, which lost 1.3 points to 52.3%. BlackBerry fell almost 2 points in third place, while Microsoft stayed relatively flat at 3.1%. GigaOm (3/6), TechCrunch (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carrier billing may help telecoms realize app store revenues
    Juniper Research said operator "portals" account for just 6% of global application downloads, meaning that carriers need to earn app revenue from the 30% split generally afforded to third-party vendors. Still, Juniper analyst Windsor Holden said operators stand to gain from the rising practice of carrier billing. GigaOm (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Earnings Roundup 
  • HTC's February sales lowest in 3 years
    HTC reported February sales declined by nearly 44% from a year ago and barely edged out the company's January 2010 revenues. Sales fell by 27% from the previous month. The Taiwanese smartphone maker released a new flagship phone, the HTC One, last month to upbeat reviews. HTC's global sales share among cellphone makers fell to 1.8% in the fourth quarter compared with 2.4% in 2011, according to research firm Gartner. TechCrunch (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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