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March 12, 2013
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  Top Story 
  • Lenovo may have its eye on BlackBerry
    For the second time in two months, a top Lenovo executive said it was feasible that the consumer electronics maker could buy BlackBerry. Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing told a French newspaper that the acquisition "could possibly make sense, but first I need to analyze the market and understand what exactly the importance of this company is." AT&T confirmed Monday that the carrier would introduce BlackBerry's Z10 smartphone on March 22 with a $200 price tag. Wall Street Journal columnist Matthew Lynley questioned BlackBerry's pricing strategy, suggesting it is too high in a market awash in less-expensive smartphones. Bloomberg (3/11), Reuters (3/11), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (3/11), Computerworld (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • FCC may sign off on T-Mobile's MetroPCS buy without taking a vote
    Federal regulators may approve T-Mobile USA's purchase of MetroPCS Communications through its bureau level rather than taking a formal vote on the deal, according to a Communications Workers of America attorney who met with Federal Communications Commission officials last week. "No one thinks this is going to be blocked," Stifel Nicolaus analyst David Kaut said. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sprint said to eye BlackBerry Z10 follow-up for 2013 second half
    Sprint Nextel, which opted against carrying BlackBerry's Z10 smartphone, may instead launch an all-touch sequel to the device, according to a published report that says the carrier will do so no sooner than July. Sprint will carry the lower-priced Q10 which, unlike the Z10, features a keyboard. Sprint also said it will introduce Sonim's rugged $600 XP Strike IS feature phone, a follow-up to the XP Strike. All Things D (3/11), CNET (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Wireless World 
  • France may relax rules against network sharing among carriers
    French regulators may allow the country's mobile carriers to piggyback on rival networks in reaction to competition among the top four operators that has sent prices tumbling. The Autorite de la Concurrence antitrust overseer on Monday outlined areas where it may relax its rules, which are considered tough by European standards. Operators had been privately discussing network-sharing deals, which led the government to ask the antitrust regulator to rule on their legality. The Wall Street Journal (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology 
  • Google offers developers early look at Glass apps, API
    Google offered attendees of the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, a first look at a handful of applications for its Google Glass smart device, among them apps for The New York Times, Evernote, Skitch, Path and Gmail. The company also gave developers an early look at the application programming interface for the eyewear, that is, the technology that will allow developers to write apps compatible with Google's servers and the device itself. CNET/Internet & Media blog (3/11), TechCrunch (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tegra 4 tops Snapdragon in benchmark tests
    The Linley Group's Microprocessor Report says Nvidia's Tegra 4 chip is the fastest mobile processor based on an ARM Holdings architecture. "This performance takes aim at Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon processors," said Linley's Kevin Krewell. He added, "Nvidia offered a wide range of benchmark results that clearly showed Tegra 4 leading both the APQ8064 and (judging from our estimates) the forthcoming Snapdragon 800." VentureBeat (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Mobile devices are seeping further into the workplace
    The mobile revolution is reaching further afield into the workplace as its increasing affordability has enabled companies to greatly expand the technology's reach. "Just like we had a wave of entrepreneurs developing apps for smartphones for consumers, now we're seeing a wave of companies doing the same for enterprises," said Matt Murphy of the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers venture capital firm. The Wall Street Journal (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • Largent & Boucher: Good cybersecurity means better privacy
     
    In a joint op-ed published in CNNMoney, CTIA's President and CEO Steve Largent and former House Subcommittee on Communications and the Internet Chairman Rick Boucher state that while it appears the current debate on cybersecurity and privacy are separate, in reality, good cybersecurity means good privacy. By allowing private companies and government to share information about cyberattacks and how to protect their networks and customers, we can be better prepared. That's why CISPA must become law so that the private sector has liability protection, which will allow our best experts to work together so we can thwart the cybercriminals and their malicious attacks. CNNMoney (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • How likely are you to recommend a cellular signal booster as a solution for weak signal or dropped calls?
    Very likely  37.84%
    Very unlikely  24.32%
    Somewhat likely  24.32%
    Neither likely nor unlikely  10.81%
    Somewhat unlikely  2.70%
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We are all worms. But I do believe that I am a glow-worm."
--Winston Churchill,
British prime minister


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