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October 12, 2012
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  • At MobileCON: The Wild West of mobile payments
    The chaotic mobile-payment market is unlikely to sort itself out in the near future, a panel of executives said Thursday at CTIA's MobileCON, although they did offer varying opinions on the eventual outcome. Debate centered on the need for a common technological standard across the entire industry versus forecasts of a more open environment. The keynote panelists did agree the industry's future depends on consumer understanding of how mobile payments could improve their lives. TechCrunch (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Who is Softbank and what does it want with Sprint? The Wall Street Journal and Network World aim to answer the question for the U.S. public: Who is Softbank -- the Japanese mobile carrier and Internet giant in negotiations to buy part or all of Sprint Nextel. Industry observers speculated on how Sprint fits into Softbank's wireless strategy. Network World/IDG News Service (10/11), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MobileCON hosts new Wireless Hall of Fame inductees
    CTIA's MobileCON events included the Wireless Hall of Fame's induction ceremony, which welcomed Richard Lynch, retired Verizon Communications executive; Raj Singh, an engineer; and Wayne Perry, former CTIA chairman. A posthumous entrance was awarded to Amos Joel, an AT&T Bell Labs engineer. "Our goal is to preserve and promote the history and story of the wireless industry, said Liz Maxfield, executive director of the Wireless History Foundation. "The Hall of Fame is one component of that." Wireless Week/MobileCON Show Daily, page 4 (10/10), (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Apps 
  • Location-based services to generate $4 billion in revenue this year
    Even though location-based services still rely heavily on a freemium model, the sector is expected to generate $4 billion in revenues worldwide this year and achieve strong growth moving forward, according to ABI Research. The firm points to the health and fitness sector as an area to watch, given that application downloads in that market are projected to top $100 million this year CIO Asia (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MIT puts mobile technology front and center in new research lab
    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has deployed more than 50 faculty members and students for a new research lab focused on next-generation wireless technology, specifically to increase the efficiency of global Wi-Fi networks. The university unwrapped its plans for "Wireless@MIT" on Thursday, explaining that the research center staff will work alongside engineers from such companies as Intel, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft. News Service (10/11), (U.S.) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft said to be ramping up the buzz for Windows 8
    Microsoft is expected to begin a full-scale marketing campaign this weekend on behalf of its new Windows 8 platform as the company prepares to introduce new tablets to compete with Apple and other mobile device makers. Tablets and PCs loaded with the software are slated to go on sale on Oct. 26, but Microsoft wanted to time the campaign to be in line with the start of taking pre-orders, according to a report. The Wall Street Journal (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • CTIA survey: Wireless data use more than doubled in year
    Mobile device customers gobbled up more than twice as much data over the 12-month period that ended June 2012, according to a report from CTIA-The Wireless Association® which also found that smartphone adoption increased by 37% during that period. Monthly subscriber bills fell by seven cents on average, according to the report, which CTIA issued Thursday during its MobileCON event. National Journal/Tech Daily Dose blog (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • GAO report urges new rules on location data privacy
    Mobile phone users need more protection from federal agencies in shielding their private location data, the Government Accountability Office urged in a report issued Thursday. Congress' nonpartisan investigative policy arm said carriers need to spell out more clearly their privacy policies concerning the collection and use of location data. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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