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March 22, 2013
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  • Ex-CTIA chief is said to be in the running to replace Genachowski
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will today detail plans to resign next month, according to multiple reports, with former CTIA-The Wireless Association® President Tom Wheeler considered a leading choice to succeed him. That will leave the FCC with a pair of vacancies after Robert McDowell's decision to step down, as well. The next chairman faces challenges to the the agency's authority. "The FCC faces an existential question. Everyone agrees the primary platform is broadband. What is the FCC's authority in that space?" said former FCC aide Blair Levin. The Wall Street Journal (3/21), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • BlackBerry begins climb back with U.S debut of Z10 today
    BlackBerry is setting modest goals for the smartphone maker's U.S. prospects as its new flagship device, the BlackBerry 10-powered Z10, makes its debut in the U.S. today on AT&T for $200 before Verizon Wireless' scheduled launch next Thursday. "Our objective and that of our carrier partners is that very quickly we emerge as a strong No. 3," says Frank Boulben, BlackBerry's chief marketing officer. Boulben has prepped the company's largest campaign ever for the Z10, which already has been unveiled in several markets overseas. BlackBerry 10's mobile application store has reportedly reached 100,000 apps. The Wall Street Journal (3/21), Bloomberg Businessweek (3/22), MobileMag.com (3/21), CNET (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pentagon denies reports of dropping BlackBerry for iOS devices: As if BlackBerry has not suffered enough negative publicity, the company had to fend off reports Thursday that the U.S. Defense Department would substitute iOS devices for the long-favored BlackBerry. The Pentagon issued a statement calling the story an "error" and saying its recently released strategic plan calls for supporting a number of devices, including BlackBerrys. ReadWrite (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • For mobile games, better phone screens equal more purchases
    Better smartphone screens translate into more spending within mobile games, according to a study by mobile games studio Pocket Gems. "Android users with the highest resolution devices are nearly 10 times more likely to make in-app purchases than users with lower resolution devices. For iPhones, the iPhone 5 monetizes nearly 4 times that of the older generation iPhone 3GS," Pocket Gems said. All Things D (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology 
  • Three's a crowd? Google said to prep smart watch
    Google's Android unit is developing a smart watch, according to London's Financial Times, meaning that there have been reports that Apple, Samsung Electronics and Google are all working on a wearable device, a trend started by Google Glass. Samsung has confirmed it is working on a smart watch, while Apple is said to be either close or years away from completing its device. Also at Google, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Thursday that the company has no plans to combine its Android and Chrome operating systems in the wake of the departure of Android chief Andy Rubin. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/22), ZDNet (3/22), Network World/IDG News Service (3/21), TechCrunch (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • J.D. Power finds smartphone users are more satisfied than ever
    J.D. Power reports that while Apple's iPhone remains on top, the smartphone maker's rivals all gained ground in their customer satisfaction ratings in the research firm's first survey this year. Second place was basically shared by HTC, Motorola Mobility, Nokia and Samsung Electronics, while LG Electronics and BlackBerry lagged behind. Apple received a rating of 855, compared with the study average of 796. Engadget (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • How wireless helps during emergencies
     
    Last month alone, the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) program sent 100 tornado alerts, 30 flash flood warnings, five ice storm alerts and helped recover a missing child. Last Thursday, CTIA's Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Guttman-McCabe testified in front of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on the progress the wireless industry has made in emergency communications as well as the liability protection it needs to safeguard emerging services such as Text-to-911 and Next Generation 911. Learn more about WEA and the industry's emergency communications efforts on CTIA's website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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