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March 15, 2013
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  • Samsung exec: No friction with Google: J.K. Shin, Samsung's chief mobile executive, discussed the consumer electronics company's acquisition strategy, relationship with Google, the new Tizen open-source operating system, plans for low-end smartphones and other issues in this interview. Shin denied friction with partner Google and downplayed Microsoft's progress. "Smartphones and tablets based on Microsoft's Windows operating system aren't selling very well. There is a preference in the market for Android," he said. The Wall Street Journal (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • AT&T: Disposing of non-core assets not "off the table"
    AT&T said it would be willing to sell some non-core assets, though it declined to respond to an analyst's prediction the carrier might put its wireless broadcast towers on the market. "We've seen others in the industry sell non-core assets, and if we wanted additional flexibility, that could be an option for us too," AT&T's Brad Burns said. RBC analyst Jonathan Atkin estimated the carrier could raise up to $5 billion if a tower sale came to fruition. Bloomberg (3/15), Reuters (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Apps 
  • CBS will stream some shows to iOS devices
    CBS will allow Apple platform users to stream some of its prime-time and daily programming to their iPhones and iPads, but has excluded several of its most popular shows. The broadcast network also instituted a two-tier approach to the stream's timing, allowing next-day delivery of most of its daytime and late-night shows but delaying prime-time streaming until eight days after the debut. CBS intends to add Android and Windows 8 support this year. All Things D (3/14), TechCrunch (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smartphone makers find it harder to advance hardware
    Samsung Electronics' heavy emphasis on the new software features for the Galaxy S4 smartphone is an indication of how difficult it is for handset makers to make giant leaps in hardware technology and differentiate their devices from the competition, according to an analysis of Samsung's Thursday night introduction of the flagship phone. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • More Wi-Fi, more mobile payments send a message to retailers
    More than 90% of smartphone owners have used their devices while in a store and most often for shopping-related purposes, including price comparisons, a JiWire survey finds. The survey also found that as of the fourth quarter, more than 50% of mobile owners surveyed had used their devices to make purchases, indicating new opportunities for retailers to drive sales by providing a seamless experience that extends to mobile and mobile payments. eMarketer (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • Tech titans lobby Congress to stem patent troll activities
    Top technology vendors, including Cisco and Adobe Systems, are lobbying Congress to do something about patent trolling and what they call frivolous lawsuits over copyright infringement. "Patent trolls are business terrorists," SAS' John Boswell said. "Their weapons of mass destruction are software and business-method patents with fuzzy boundaries that can be asserted against many different products, many different companies, in many different ways." However, Congress seems unsure about how to take on the issue, The Hill's Brendan Sasso and Jennifer Martinez write. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/14), News Service (3/14)
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