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December 12, 2012
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  • FCC OKs waiver for DISH on spectrum, with limits
    The Federal Communications Commission adopted a plan Tuesday for DISH Network to put its satellite-based wireless spectrum to work on a cellular network and included provisions that require DISH to exclude parts of the 20 MHz swath of spectrum to prevent interference issues. DISH must also build out 70% of its network by 2018. CNET (12/11), Reuters (12/11), The Wall Street Journal (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Sprint said to be in takeover talks with partner Clearwire
    Sprint Nextel and Clearwire reportedly are in deep discussions with a Sprint buyout of its wireless services partner at the center of the talks, according to various sources, which confirmed an earlier CNBC story. Sprint is said to be looking to acquire the 49% of Clearwire that it does not hold in order give the No. 3 carrier full control over the decision-making process of WiMAX-powered network that Clearwire is converting to Long-Term Evolution technology. Sprint's merger with Softbank could complicate such a deal, sources say. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/11), CNBC (12/11), The Wall Street Journal (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft, Apple in stalemate over 30% App Store fee
    Microsoft and Apple are at an impasse over updating the software giant's SkyDrive application for iOS, but the stalemate has the potential for greater implications involving Microsoft's expected move next year to sell Office 365 subscriptions on Apple's App Store, according to a published report. Apple has reportedly refused to budge from Microsoft's insistence on negotiating the 30% cut that Apple takes from app sales. All Things D (12/11), (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile In Industry 
  • Deutsche Telekom sees health insurers backing M2M in U.S.
    The health care industry will spark the spread of machine-to-machine communications in the U.S. while automakers will fuel the industry's growth's in Europe in 2013, according to German telecom Deutsche Telekom, the parent of T-Mobile USA, which has aggressive plans for the technology. The operator says that health insurance companies, which understand how connected devices help them save money, will begin to back the technology next year. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Russians bet on dual-screen phone in effort to join global party
    Russia's Yota Devices will introduce a smartphone equipped with two displays at a major industry event in February in preparation for releasing the $500, Android-powered handset in the third quarter and going global by the end of 2013. "Most phones nowadays are boring -- they are just boxes. This is a phone for people who want to be outside that box," said chief executive Vladislav Martynov, who was demonstrating the handset. The phone's second screen features an electronic-paper display that provides seamless data streaming and a promise of longer battery life than other smartphones. The Wall Street Journal (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Broadcom packs Bluetooth, FM, NFC, Wi-Fi into radio chip
    Broadcom has introduced a wireless radio chip designed to boost the prospects for near-field communication technology in mobile devices. The chip, which integrates NFC with Bluetooth, FM radio and Wi-Fi connectivity in one part, could enter volume production in the first quarter of 2013. Computerworld (12/11), VentureBeat (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Qualcomm CEO: Smartphones still have growth potential
    The smartphone is not yet fully mature, according to Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs, who notes that 39% of mobile phones shipped this year were smartphones. "There's about 1.9 billion mobile broadband connections and there's six billion connections overall. So there's still a huge place to go in terms of growth for mobile broadband, which is really the fundamental enabling technology for smartphones," he says in this interview. The Wall Street Journal (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Mobile technology is getting the ear of VC firms
    Venture capital investors are putting an increasing amount of cash behind mobile-based enterprise technology, according to The New York Times, which points to companies behind security, mobile payments and mobile concierge applications as getting the most attention. The bring-your-own-device movement has fueled security concerns among employees while investors are still backing mobile-wallet startups even though a number of major companies already populate the field. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/DealBook blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • Smartphone vendors lobby Congress on adding spectrum
    A group of nine smartphone makers, equipment firms and chipmakers lobbied Congress to free up additional frequencies for wireless use beyond the TV spectrum auction that federal regulators are preparing. In a letter sent to key lawmakers Tuesday, the companies, which included Apple, Intel, Samsung Electronics and Cisco Systems, called on Congress to free up spectrum controlled by federal agencies. "As technology companies, we joined this debate because policymakers need to know that we cannot simply engineer our way out of this problem," the letter said. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • IT experts say gov't and wireless industry need to work together on cybersecurity
    Ninety-six percent of IT decision makers surveyed said the government should allow wireless companies to exchange information to help identify vulnerabilities and protect users from threats. Released at MobileCON, the survey results had 77% of respondents saying the industry is better equipped to define cybersecurity standards. While there were differences of opinion when asked which cybersecurity challenges and issues were most important, these experts recognized that communications were vital to protect consumers and mobile networks among the many companies throughout the mobile ecosystem and between the private and public sectors on cybersecurity. Download the IT decision maker survey (PDF) today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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