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February 13, 2013
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  • Clearwire: We need to draw on Sprint financing
    With its losses widening, Clearwire said Tuesday it needs to draw on the $240 million in financing offered by Sprint Nextel in the wake of Sprint's $2.97-a-share offer to buy full control of the wireless service provider. Clearwire said that without the funding -- and up to $250 million in financing from vendors -- it won't be able to stay fully funded until December. Clearwire said fourth-quarter revenues dipped by 14% as its losses surpassed analysts' estimates. Subscribers totaled 9.6 million at the end of last year, down from 10.4 million reported at the close of 2011. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (2/12), Reuters (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cook: Cheaper iPhone not in the works
    Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday dismissed reports the company is developing a less expensive iPhone, telling an investor conference that, "There are other companies that do that, that's not who we are. Our North Star is great products." Cook said Apple has been successful in selling older iPhone models for less, one of several ways the company has tried to reach price-sensitive consumers. Also, Bloomberg Businessweek followed up on a New York Times report Monday that Apple is developing an iOS-based wristwatch, saying the company has assigned 100 engineers to a wristwatch project that Bloomberg sources described as beyond the experimental phase. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/13), Computerworld/IDG News Service (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mayer outlines mobile's role in boosting impressions
    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer offered a wide-ranging view of the Internet group's mobile prospects to an investor conference on Tuesday while outlining several steps the company is taking to increase "impressions," or usage of Yahoo's sites. Mayer said Yahoo will severely curtail its number of mobile applications from more than 60 to about a dozen core apps. She was critical of Yahoo's mobile mail experience, saying, "That's a wasted amount of time." And Mayer said she will seek to strengthen ties to Facebook as a way of "bringing valuable content to our users." Separately, Yahoo said it has bought Alike, a mobile app recommendation outfit. Business Insider (2/12), Bloomberg (2/13), Computerworld/IDG News Service (2/12), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (2/12), CNET (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Gartner sees many companies starting their own app stores
    An increasing number of enterprises will create their own application markets for wireless devices as a way to deal with the cascading number of employees who are bringing their own tablets and smartphones to the workplace, according to a Gartner report, which estimates 25% of enterprises will compete with Apple, Google and others by starting a private app store. Gartner warned, however, that the stores will offer a partial solution "only if IT security, application, procurement and sourcing professionals can work together to successfully apply the concept." eWeek (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Consumers want "fixed price" menu of service offerings
    A global survey of mobile broadband consumers shows users would pay for more personalized offerings and while desiring more options do not necessarily want a fully a la carte menu, according to a poll of 3,500 subscribers in five countries, including the U.S., paid for by policy-management specialist Tekelec. The survey suggests customers want to select a suite of two to four services with e-mail, Internet and security the most popularly cited. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: U.S. 4G subscribers happier with carriers, device
    U.S. smartphone customers who subscribe to a 4G service are significantly more satisfied with both their carrier and their handset than non-subscribers, according to an On Device Research survey of 1,800 cellphone users. While owners of Android handsets were happier with their experience than those with Apple's iPhone 5, Apple still finished ahead of Google, Motorola Mobility, HTC and Samsung Electronics in terms of individual smartphone makers. A pair of Motorola-made devices topped the list. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • CTIA white paper on Cybersecurity's Blueprint for the Future
    On Tuesday, CTIA released its second white paper, which provides a roadmap for how the wireless industry is building upon its existing solutions to continue to protect its infrastructure and customers for the future. The paper analyzes ongoing investigations and technical improvements as well as easy-to-understand examples that show how a mobile consumer, depending on Internet connection type, could become more susceptible to cyberthreats. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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