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October 3, 2012
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  • Clearwire considers delays as Comcast may divest stake
    Comcast's move to convert its 6% stake in Clearwire to easily tradable common stock sparked the wireless service provider to re-evaluate its network build-out plans in light of recent moves by its partners to sell their investment in the company. The cable company did not indicate if it would follow Time Warner Cable and Google's lead in dumping its Clearwire shares, but in a filing the provider said a lack of capital might force the company to delay converting its network from WiMAX to Long-Term Evolution technology. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Apple said to start mass production of mini iPad
    Apple's new mini iPad tablet reportedly entered production in the company's Asian supplier plants last month, according to a published report that says the device will feature a 7.85-inch screen but lack the glossy Retina resolution of the full-size iPad. Analysts believe the new tablet could find a market among those who believe the full-size iPad is too pricey. TechCrunch (10/3), The Wall Street Journal (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Elop concedes setbacks, points to edge over Microsoft
    Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop remained confident of the Finnish phone maker's prospects even as he acknowledged sales of the company's new Lumia line of phones have proved disappointing. He also expressed a deep commitment to Microsoft and its Windows 8 operating system. While Elop did not speak directly to the potential competition from Microsoft's building its own Windows 8 phone, he did say: "We have rights beyond any of the other manufacturers to do unique things and to enforce certain exclusivities for our products." All Things D (10/2), GigaOm (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Swiss farmers check phones until they hear from cows
    Swiss professors plan to bring to market next year a device that alerts farmers when their cows are in heat by implanting sensors in them which trigger transmission of SMS text messages to smartphones when the animals are hot to trot. Farmers are testing the system, which is apparently necessary because dairy cows are displaying fewer traditional signals of being in heat as the demand for milk has risen. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T will offer newly upgraded HTC flagship phones
    AT&T will carry the HTC One X+, a new, more powerful version of the Taiwanese smartphone maker's flagship device and the first handset from the carrier that features Android 4.1 software and a quad-core processor. AT&T said only that it would ship the One X+ and the One VX in the coming months. The X+ will also include double the storage capacity, support for Long-Term Evolution service and a better battery. All Things D (10/2), Network World/IDG News Service (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Apple narrows gap on Samsung in U.S. smartphone race
    Apple grew its third-place market share by 2.1 percentage points in August among U.S. smartphone makers while industry leader Samsung Electronics remained flat and second-place LG Electronics declined slightly. Android and Apple each grew their software shares at the expense of their rivals, especially Research In Motion, which declined by 3.1 percentage points to 8.3%. Also, Google revealed that "Gingerbread," --- Android 2.3 -- remains the most prevalent of the Android operating systems followed by version 4.0. TechCrunch (10/2), CNET (10/2), All Things D (10/3), CNET (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • October is Cybersecurity Month
    As Americans continue to rely on wireless as their sole or primary means for communications, everyone has a responsibility and a role to play in protecting our information, our devices and our networks. To help consumers proactively protect themselves and their data, CTIA and its members have developed 11 simple tips that use "cybersafety" as an acronym. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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