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February 27, 2013
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  • Clearwire will accept Sprint's offer to borrow notes
    Clearwire took another step toward embracing Sprint Nextel's bid for the carrier's spectrum by starting to draw on Sprint's offer of financing despite a competing bid from DISH Network that is technically more lucrative. Dissident Clearwire shareholder Crest Financial told the Federal Communications Commission that the Sprint bid drastically undervalues the value of Clearwire's spectrum and that Crest believes it is not in the public interest. All Things D (2/26), The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Verizon will give Ericsson's LTE video system a spin
    Verizon Communications and Australian operator Telstra will try out Ericsson's technology that transmits TV signals via Long-Term Evolution networks through a carrier's single-frequency network. The goal is to provide operators with more flexibility so they can create an SFN using any subset of their cell network. This will enable carriers to tailor their signal to specific locations. (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile devices embrace the "Internet of Everything"
    The foray into connected devices took another step forward at this week's industry show in Spain as companies introduced new technologies and products that enable smartphones, tablets and their "phablet" hybrids to control any number of products in and out of the home. Qualcomm introduced a connected home powered by the open-source software framework AllJoyn that allows smartphones to turn on speakers when entering a room. AT&T demonstrated its Digital Life platform that puts cars and homes within reach of wireless devices. Reuters (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • PayPal co-founder rolls out mobile-payment rival
    PayPal co-founder Max Levchin has launched a rival mobile-payment startup, Affirm. The company uses Facebook to confirm users' identities and says its system lets mobile users complete purchases with two taps. Reuters (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tizen OS is not quite ready but still draws carrier buzz
    A group of global carriers gave the open-source Tizen operating system their support as the search continues for alternatives to the dominant platforms from Apple and Google. Backed by Samsung Electronics and Intel, version 2.0 of the software was demonstrated Tuesday at an industry event with several carriers -- none in the U.S. -- saying they would launch Samsung's Tizen-powered smartphones in late 2013. "We are not in a rush; our customers are not in a rush," said an Orange executive. Sprint Nextel is a member of the Tizen Association but has not announced any plans to incorporate the platform in any phones. Network World/IDG News Service (2/26), CNET (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ARM signs up 7 chip companies for power-saving architecture
    CSR, Fujitsu Semiconductor, MediaTek, Renesas Mobile, Samsung Electronics and two other companies have licensed the Big.Little chip architecture of ARM Holdings and will use it to reduce power consumption in their semiconductors, according to ARM. Under the Big.Little architecture, processing chores on a chip are parceled out to different cores, with simpler tasks assigned to a core, such as ARM's Cortex-A7, that needs less power to do its work. Computerworld/IDG News Service (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • EU's Kroes vows quick action to spur 4G, earmarks 5G funds
    EU telecoms overseer Neelie Kroes has thrown $65 million behind an effort to bring 5G wireless technology to the continent's carriers by 2020 and said she will announce an action plan next month designed to spur operator development of 4G networks. "How can it be that there are more 4G subscriptions in South Korea than the entire EU? How can 17 EU countries still lack 4G?" Kroes said. GigaOm (2/26), The Wall Street Journal/TechEurope blog (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FTC's mobile crackdown puts industry on notice
    The Federal Trade Commission has launched a multifront war designed to protect consumers against cybercriminals and to safeguard their privacy from mobile applications that has put device makers and developers on their heels. The app crackdown could lead to fines against Google, Apple and developers as well as new regulations that analysts say could severely curtail the mobile advertising market and stifle innovation. Bloomberg (2/26), CSO (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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