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October 31, 2012
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  • MetroPCS posts $193M profit in Q3
    MetroPCS Communications is reporting a third-quarter net profit of $193 million, which is more than double $69 million in profits a year ago. The fifth-largest U.S. cellular network provider also reports it has more than 1 million Long-Term Evolution subscribers but still experienced a net subscriber loss of 312,291. "During the fourth quarter, we plan to focus on re-energizing subscriber growth," MetroPCS CEO Roger Linquist said. CNET (10/30), The Wall Street Journal (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile In Industry 
  • Banks rush to greet Windows 8 with new apps
    The financial industry is wasting no time embracing the launch of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, with many institutions working on applications for the new operating system. Customer demand for convenience appears to be the key motivator, with websites less appropriate to the task than apps. "Consumers are demanding a compelling experience from whatever device they wish to use to do their banking. ... Consumers want to do their banking quick, without too many clicks required, and securely, which is what the bank keeps in mind when designing for mobile or tablet," said Charaka Kithulegoda, chief information officer at ING Direct. Technology News (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • As mobile displaces PCs, ad spend is seen surging
    With experts saying mobile is on its way to becoming the "default venue for digital marketing" during the next decade, ad spending in mobile is expected to reach $28.8 billion by 2016, with the U.S. accounting for more than half of that. And by 2015, mobile users will top the number of PC users worldwide, according to an IDC report. "The biggest news for mobile marketers is, however much you are spending on mobile marketing, you are spending it in the right place and you should spend even more," said Karsten Weide, program vice president of media and entertainment at IDC. Mobile Marketer (10/30), (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • App makers get privacy policy warning from California AG
    More than 100 mobile application makers have been warned by California's attorney general that they are violating a state privacy law. Kamala Harris has given the app makers 30 days to conspicuously post detailed privacy policies in their apps or face fines. "Protecting the privacy of online consumers is a serious law enforcement matter," Harris said. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TV broadcast spectrum auction still faces hurdles
    A voluntary auction of 120 MHz of TV broadcast spectrum the government hopes to free up for mobile network operators still has some hurdles to clear, according to George Mason University professor Thomas Hazlett. Hazlett believes spectrum owners must first post an internal price on their spectrum and then mobile network operators must bid on the spectrum. The $7 billion expected to be generated by the auction will be used to build a nationwide public safety network. (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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