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October 23, 2012
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  • Cox, Time Warner Cable add Verizon quad play in 4 states
    Verizon Wireless' partnership with Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications has expanded in four states, with the cable companies rolling out "quad-play" services in markets in New York, California, Texas and Massachusetts. The move is part of a December 2011 arrangement in which a group of cable companies and Verizon Communications agreed to sell each other's services in certain areas. Multichannel News (10/22), Light Reading Mobile (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Isis mobile payments trial launches in 2 U.S. cities
    A test run of the Isis mobile payments system began as scheduled Monday in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City. Mobile users with one of nine eligible handsets can get a secure SIM card and download the Isis application to enable near field communication payments. Users can then just tap a terminal with their phones at participating retailers to make payments with the system, which is led by mobile carriers Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile USA. TechCrunch (10/22), GigaOm (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile's emergence has sent tech titans into a tizzy
    Formerly dominant tech companies such as Intel, Microsoft and Google have found themselves on uncertain ground with the rise of mobile computing, according to analysts who note these tech companies have struggled to respond with successful business models. "Companies are having to retool their thinking, saying, 'What is it that our customers are doing through the mobile channel that is quite distinct from what we are delivering them through our traditional Web channel?' " said Charles Golvin, a Forrester Research analyst. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: T-Mobile USA corporate reins will pass to DT CFO
    Corporate oversight for T-Mobile USA will pass from Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann to Chief Financial Officer Timotheus Hoettges, according to a published report. Obermann reportedly wants to focus his efforts on new services such as telemedicine and Web-based offerings that he hopes can take up the slack for declining revenues in traditional phone services. Bloomberg (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Yahoo chief puts mobile at heart of company overhaul
    Mobile is the top priority for Yahoo under its CEO Marissa Mayer, who says the company will now focus on improving the experience for users and taking a more unified approach to mobile, where Yahoo now offers more than 76 iOS and Android applications. Looking ahead, Mayer said, "Yahoo will have to be a predominantly mobile company, which means that at least half of our technical workforce should be working on mobile." Reuters (10/23), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wireless World 
  • U.K. carriers offers modest premium on 4G service to speed adoption
    Leading British carrier EE has priced the country's initial 4G service at about $58 a month, which is about 10% to 20% above current 3G plans. The company, formerly known as Everything Everywhere, wants to encourage mobile customers to switch to 4G before rivals enter the market. "Our business model is more built around a fast adoption of 4G services ... because of our whole tariffing structure and tariffing strategy and because the U.K. in general has a big appetite to move to new technologies," chief executive Olaf Swantee said. Reuters (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft brings Xbox closer to wireless, Web-based devices
    Smartphones and tablets running new Windows Phone software will be able to work as second screens for games and other Xbox offerings as part of Microsoft's plans to connect a range of devices to the gaming console under Windows 8 software, the company is expected to announce today. "We want to seamlessly connect devices," Microsoft's Jose Pinero said. Windows 8 will also include an application to support the Skype VoIP service when the operating system arrives in stores Friday. Engadget (10/23), All Things D (10/22), The Wall Street Journal (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What will a smaller, cheaper iPad mean for Apple?
    Apple is expected to unveil plans to put a smaller iPad in the market today, which according to The Wall Street Journal will be a testament to the company's ability to prove it can still be innovative. The new iPad iteration, which is being described as an iPad mini, could be sold for as little as $249, according to one industry watcher. As of June 30, Apple had sold 84 million iPad tablets, according to industry numbers. GigaOm (10/22), The Wall Street Journal (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Few businesses seen adopting Windows 8 software
    Windows 8 may have a difficult time finding an enterprise clientele, according to executives and industry observers, who say few businesses will find a reason to convert to the new operating system set to arrive Friday. "Windows 8 is, frankly, more of a consumer platform than it is a business platform, so it's not something that makes any sense from a business perspective at this juncture," said the American Bankers Association's Doug Johnson. Forrester Research said Windows 8 may be successful but the firm doubts it will return Microsoft to its glory days of software dominance. Reuters (10/22), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • 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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