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February 18, 2013
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  • Largest MetroPCS investor may vote against T-Mobile tie-up
    Paulson & Co., which bought 8 million shares of MetroPCS late last year to become the prepaid carrier's largest shareholder, may join P. Schoenfeld Asset Management in opposing MetroPCS' merger with T-Mobile USA, the hedge fund said in an e-mail statement. Run by billionaire John Paulson, the fund said that the combined entity would have "too much debt, the interest rate on Deutsche Telekom's debt financing is too high, and the exchange ratio is too low for PCS stockholders." Bloomberg Businessweek (2/15), The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Verizon completes 3 spectrum sales to rural carriers
    Verizon Wireless has finalized the sales to three rural-based carriers in Texas and Oklahoma of 700 MHz spectrum blocks; that means that four other previously announced purchases remain open. Verizon said that it closed on the sales to Muenster, Texas-based Nortex Communications and Panhandle Telecommunication Systems of Guymon, Okla., last week. The sale to Colorado Valley Communications, which covers a five-county area around Houston, closed in mid-January. Wireless Week (2/15), TeleGeography Research (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LG sets Q2 for U.S. launch of 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro
    LG Electronics will release its high-end 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro in the U.S. and Japan in the second quarter following its debut this week in the smartphone maker's home market of South Korea, the company said. The Android 4.1.2-powered handset will be first phone to carry Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz quad-core processor and will feature full HD resolution and a slightly more powerful battery than rival Samsung Note 2, although it will not include a stylus. GigaOm (2/18), Engadget (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Developers get early hands-on look at wearable Google Glass
    Google this month let a select group of developers toy around with its Google Glass, the wireless eye wear the company has in development, as part of its Glass Explorer Program in New York and San Francisco. Google let the developers handle the hardware and an application programming interface in the works. The result: Developers found more than 80 uses for Glass, and Google engineers working alongside the developers learned valuable lessons in advancing the technology, Google said. (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Skype offers video messaging in limited release
    Skype quietly debuted a premium video-messaging service Friday for Android, iPhone and Mac OS X users in which subscribers can send recorded clips up to three minutes long to their contacts for viewing when they are online. The service, part of the VoIP provider's $10 monthly package, is scheduled to reach other platforms later in the year. Also, Microsoft will begin to phase out its Windows Live Messenger service by gradually requiring users to upgrade to Skype beginning April 8. News Service (2/15), The Verge (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Qualcomm touts its Quick Charge tech for mobile devices
    Qualcomm has unveiled the Quick Charge 1.0 power management technology for its Snapdragon processors, which it says could recharge a mobile phone up to 40% quicker. Quick Charge is integrated as part of the power management chip or is available on a stand-alone basis interfacing with the USB connector. (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analysts: Camera power has marginal effect on smartphone choice
    Analysts expressed skepticism that powerful cameras alone will give handset makers HTC and Nokia a major push in smartphone sales. HTC will reportedly unveil on Tuesday a M7 Android device equipped with three 4.3-megapixel sensors, while Nokia is readying the 808 PureView, its final Symbian-based handset, which will house 41 megapixels. "Good camera technology is certainly a requirement today, but it seems that good enough is enough," Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi said. Computerworld (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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