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March 25, 2013
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  • T-Mobile ditching long-term contracts, eyes 8 LTE sites
    T-Mobile USA is eliminating long-term wireless contracts in favor of a series of new plans, including a $50 monthly package with unlimited voice and text along with 500 megabytes of data, with each additional 2 gigabytes of data costing an extra $10. Customers will either pay full price for the phones upfront or face a monthly surcharge. Also, T-Mobile will reportedly kick-start its Long-Term Evolution network in eight cities this week. PC Magazine (3/24), All Things D (3/24), GigaOm (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Apple buys WiFiSLAM for indoor location services
    Apple is getting a leg up in the increasingly popular indoor mobile location services market with the $20 million purchase of WifiSLAM, a GPS tracking startup, sources say. Since its debut two years ago, WifiSLAM has been providing its signal-detection technology to application developers who are writing indoor mapping as well as retail and social media applications. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Card issuers concerned over losing transaction data from mobile wallets
    MasterCard's move to impose an added fee on some mobile-wallet services may reflect apprehension by card issuers that they won't have access to valuable data on customer transactions through these services. "It's about the purchase data, which will be used to render very targeted and relevant ads and offers, and to prove that they generated a new sale ... for a retailer. If they don't know where the sale was made and to which merchant, they cannot command those premium ... rates," said Richard Crone, chief executive of Crone Consulting, which advises banks and merchants on payment issues. The Wall Street Journal (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Apple patent aimed at eliminating need for protective cases
    Apple has patented technology designed to protect the iPhone from damage during a fall by moving its center of mass to ensure a softer landing, according to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week. In detailing the invention, Apple describes how the protective mechanism links to the processor via a sensor that alters the device's center of mass. eWeek (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bill targets warrantless mobile searches
    A bipartisan array of U.S. legislators introduced a bill that would prevent police from gaining access to a person's mobile phone location or tracking their GPS without first obtaining a search warrant. Currently, law enforcement can inspect certain e-mail or other online communications after gaining subpoenas when showing "reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing." The bill's sponsors say rules for granting police access to GPS data and mobile locations have failed to evolve with the technology. PCWorld (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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