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October 15, 2012
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  • Softbank makes it official: Japanese carrier buying most of Sprint
    Softbank today confirmed last week's report saying that it will acquire 70% of Sprint Nextel in a complex $20 billion deal under which the No. 3 Japanese carrier will pay $12.1 billion to Sprint shareholders. At a news conference, Sprint CEO Daniel Hesse said he had succeeded in turning around the telecom, which is entering "the investment stage." Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son conceded that buying Sprint was a bold move but insisted that passing over the carrier would be "an even greater risk." Sprint, which needs the cash infusion to upgrade its network to Long-Term Evolution technology, said Friday that it will bring LTE to 22 more markets, including San Francisco, "in the coming months." San Francisco Chronicle/Bloomberg (10/15), GigaOm (10/15), CNET (10/12), The Wall Street Journal (10/15), The Wall Street Journal (Asia)/Japan Real Time blog (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Microsoft will stream music to mobile devices with Xbox service
    Microsoft will compete with Apple in the music downloading sphere, saying Sunday night that it would launch an Xbox music service on Windows 8-based devices, including tablets and smartphones, next week with plans to expand to Android and iOS platforms shortly thereafter. Users can subscribe free to an ad-supported service or pay $10 a month to skip the ads. "This gives Microsoft a strong music story which they’ve lacked for years and extends the Xbox brand to media and entertainment," said Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/15), GigaOm (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysts are bullish on wireless carriers due to data uptake
    Earnings season is nearing, and analysts believe that telecom carriers will profit long term from subscribers upgrading their data services to take advantage of the iPhone 5's new Long-Term Evolution connectivity. Short term, Verizon Wireless may benefit from its new shared-data plans, while analysts predict higher revenues and lower churn for AT&T due to a smartphone boom. Sprint Nextel continues to incur costs from closing its Nextel network. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Dow Jones Newswires (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Apple seen unveiling smaller iPad on Oct. 23
    With rumors swirling for months about the introduction of a mini iPad, there are fresh reports today that Apple might finally trot out the tablet at an Oct. 23 event. The launch will not come as a surprise to Asian manufacturers, said Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White. "We uncovered over 20 suppliers that showed us accessories for the iPad Mini," he said. Publications continue to speculate on the features and pricing for the smaller iPad. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/12), InformationWeek (10/13), All Things D (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Amazon negotiates to acquire TI's mobile chip business is reportedly negotiating to acquire the mobile chip business of Texas Instruments, according to Calcalist, a financial newspaper in Israel. Amazon uses TI's mobile processors in its Kindle Fire tablet computer. Carolina Milanesi, an analyst with Gartner, expressed doubt that the e-commerce giant would "become that intimately involved with hardware." TI spokeswoman Whitney Jodry told Calcalist that the company doesn't comment on rumors. Reuters (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Opinion: Jobs legacy set stage for Apple Maps missteps
    Apple's recent mapping misfortunes can be traced to a culture established by former Apple leader Steve Jobs, who wanted the company to retain absolute control over all aspects of its products, said Bob Herbold, a former Microsoft chief operating officer and author. In a SmartBlog post, Herbold said Apple's decision to bar Google Maps in favor of a flawed in-house product derives from Jobs' fixation on installing proprietary software that made it difficult for third-party developers to gain access to Apple products. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Eshoo eschews talk of limiting FCC's spectrum authority
    Silicon Valley Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., said legislation she helped shepherd allows federal regulators the flexibility to carve out guard bands from frequencies broadcasters will voluntary surrender in order to provide access to unlicensed devices, rather than auctioning off the spectrum. Eshoo was responding to a query from Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai, who said he was not convinced the enabling legislation gave the FCC such authority. Broadcasting & Cable (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • App economy has created 519,000 jobs
    In a report released by CTIA and the Application Developers Alliance, the application economy has created 519,000 jobs in the U.S. Washington, California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Georgia are the top five app "intensity" states. The app economic impact for these states was more than $13.6 billion each year. Learn more about "The Geography of the App Economy." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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