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October 2, 2012
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  • Judge puts Galaxy Tab back on market; Samsung sues over iPhone
    Samsung Electronics won a victory in the patent wars Monday when a federal judge lifted her ban on U.S. sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, although she could reimpose the prohibition after a December court hearing. Judge Lucy Koh made the move after a jury cleared Samsung of patent violations in regard to the tablet. In other patent news, Samsung amended an existing lawsuit against Apple to add the new iPhone 5. All Things D (10/1), CNET/Apple blog (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • AT&T unveils $65 prepaid plan, new smartphones
    AT&T ratcheted up its competition with prepaid providers Monday by slicing $10 off a prepaid monthly plan in an offer that includes a $99 Android-powered Huawei smartphone to go with the GoPhone-branded package. For $65, the carrier will provide unlimited voice and text with 1 gigabyte of data. AT&T also said that it would introduce a Long-Term Evolution-enabled smartphone, Sony Mobile's Xperia TL, which features near field communication technology. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/1), Computerworld (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Verizon will not hold iPhone responsible for data-draining bug
    Apple fixed an iPhone 5 bug that charged Verizon Wireless customers for using data even though they were using a Wi-Fi network, and the carrier said it would credit subscribers for the data they consumed due to the error. One published report suggests the problem may extend beyond Verizon's network and that the source of the problem remained uncertain. Computerworld (10/1), (U.S.) (10/1), CNET (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Wireless World 
  • U.K. regulator OKs Vodafone, Telefonica network venture
    Britain's Office of Fair Trading has given Vodafone and Telefonica UK the go-ahead to combine their wireless networks into a 50-50 venture, Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure, that Vodafone says will reach 98% of U.K. homes by 2015. The telecoms will split the country in half, with each overseeing the networks in their territories. The carriers' plans to offer 4G service could depend on the outcome of a meeting today between telecoms overseer Ofcom, the carriers and a government minister who hope to iron out disputes over allocating spectrum. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.) (10/1), BBC (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • App developers face added pressure to write for more platforms
    The advent of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform has made it more difficult for smaller developers to decide whether to write applications for a number of platforms. "Microsoft's put a lot of their muscle behind Windows 8. We think that by being there at the beginning when they launch this thing, that'll be a benefit to us," said Scott Porad of Web publisher Cheezburger Network. Reuters (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Verizon exec notes smartphones key role in home networks
    More than 60% of those hooked up to a Verizon Communications in-home network are engaging the service through a smartphone, an amount in line with the telecom's expectations. "Without smartphones I don't think there's a market for home automation at all," Verizon Vice President Eric Bruno said in an interview, adding that the device makes it much more simpler for users to engage the network. (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Pew sees explosion in U.S. wireless device ownership
    The number of adults owning tablets in the U.S. has doubled in the past year, to 22%, while smartphones have reached 44% of those 18-plus compared with 35% a year ago, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. Overall, half the adult population connects to the Internet via either a tablet or smartphone. Pew attributed much of the tablet gains to the popularity of low-priced Android devices that hit the market in late 2011. Computerworld (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • CTIA announces BYOD (Bring Your Own Dilemma) Bar at MobileCON
    The BYOD Bar is a "help desk" for those who spend their careers answering everyone else's technology dilemmas. Senior level Accenture subject matter experts and thought leaders will answer attendees' mobile IT questions during MobileCON, Oct. 9 to 11 in San Diego. MobileCON is a first-of-its-kind experience -- a highly-interactive conference that will provide attendees with unparalleled insight and information on "hot" topics and issues from top-level speakers during the four-day event. Check out the list of Fortune 500 executives and government experts who will be speaking on the keynote stage or panels. MobileCON is a MUST for all IT experts. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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