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December 5, 2012
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  • McAdam: Verizon still rising in Q4
    Verizon Wireless has enjoyed a strong fourth quarter as momentum from the previous period has continued through to the holiday season, says Lowell McAdam, the CEO of parent firm Verizon Communications. He told an analyst conference that the company has seen especially solid results from the iPhone and new tablet activations. McAdam also said that Verizon has no plans to enter into any major deals in the near future, nor will it buy wireless spectrum from DISH Network. Light Reading Mobile (12/4), Reuters (12/4), CNET (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Qualcomm backs Sharp, plans power-saving tech for phones
    Qualcomm will invest up to $120.4 million in Sharp and will work with the Japanese electronics company on power-saving technology that could extend battery life in smartphones. Qualcomm was reportedly attracted by Sharp's IGZO liquid-crystal-display technology, which the chipmaker believes is a good fit for its own fledgling low-power-display technology. The Wall Street Journal (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Yahoo buys video chat firm for mobile tech talent
    Yahoo will buy a video chat startup for an undisclosed sum as part of its stated plan to buy smaller companies for their talent, not necessarily to use their technology. In purchasing OnTheAir, a mobile application and services provider, Yahoo is gaining access to former Google and Apple employees as part of its strategy to retain "the most talented mobile product thinkers and engineers." News Service (12/5), VentureBeat (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Operators talk M2M network strategies
    Wireless carriers have great hopes for machine-to-machine networks, but for now they are keeping the technology simple, building an ecosystem that application developers, enterprises and consumers can easily deploy, they said at an industry event Tuesday. The industry has focused on connected cars, smart homes and the use of M2M technology in such global industries as transportation and manufacturing, executives said as they pointed to predictions that connected devices could generate $51 billion by 2020. Light Reading Mobile (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T expands video billing concept to wireless customers
    AT&T announced a personalized video billing service that it will introduce nationally next year aimed at making it easier for consumers to understand their wireless bills. The carrier said Tuesday that the service has proved successful for its U-verse TV and broadband subscribers. The video employs computer animation and a narrator to explain each customer's charges. Computerworld (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Qualcomm builds quad-core processors for budget smartphones
    Qualcomm has introduced a pair of quad-core Snapdragon processors, meant for 3G networks, that the chipmaker says will reduce costs and provide high-end features such as HD video and more powerful cameras for less expensive smartphones. Built to support China's CDMA and HSPA networks, the power-saving technology will still deliver advanced graphics, Qualcomm said Tuesday. The explosive growth in smartphones has propelled Qualcomm to No. 3 among global chipmakers this year, up from ninth place in 2010, according IHS iSuppli. Computerworld UK/IDG News Service (12/5), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Public Policy 
  • Lawmaker proposes mobile, wireless health bill
    Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., has proposed a bill that would aim to form a mobile health system initiative at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and eliminate obstacles to wireless health adoption. The possible legislation would also look at the development of a tax incentive program that would help providers cut their costs associated with non-electronic health record IT activities. Healthcare Informatics online (12/4), (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • December WOW: Policy Point: Philanthropy goes mobile
    As Americans go mobile, we're doing everything on the go, including donations. This month's WOW Policy Point takes a look at how nonprofit organizations are using text messages to garner donations using short codes, which also attract younger donors. For nonprofits interested in mobile campaigns, CTIA offers best practices to make the most of text donation campaigns. Watch the video today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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