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February 12, 2013
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  • Ergen: Without partners, DISH might have to shed spectrum
    DISH Network will "admit we failed" and sell its cache of wireless spectrum worth billions of dollars if the satellite TV provider fails to land a partner to help it realize ambitious plans to build a wireless network, Chairman Charlie Ergen conceded Monday at an industry event. Ergen insisted that its bid to pre-empt Sprint Nextel's offer for wireless service provider Clearwire is real. "We're serious about it. Our offer is good for shareholders. Sprint will have to do more to keep us out," he said. Ergen also said DISH bought the Blockbuster video chain in order to sell wireless service, a move that was blocked by regulatory delays. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/12), Reuters (2/11), All Things D (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Consumers are becoming more comfortable with mobile banking
    Increasingly, American consumers are embracing mobile-banking practices in the U.S., especially younger Americans, Robin Sidel writes. Some banks, eager to attract customers in a tight economy, are starting to roll out a bill-payment service called "mobile photo pay" in which users take a picture of the payment coupons. Consumers' "readiness to manage their personal finances and banking via a mobile device has caught the industry off guard," said Robert Hedges of AlixPartners, a consulting firm. The Wall Street Journal (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Wireless World 
  • Google advances wireless-charging cause with Nexus 4 Orb
    Google has taken wireless phone charging a step further with the release of its Orb for the Nexus 4 smartphone. The small, round magnetic device, which will cost $59, is not completely wireless: Users still have to plug it into a socket. The move is said to represent progress in a technology that has been slow to take off. GigaOm (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Apple addresses iOS 6 bugs with iPhone 4S update
    Apple on Tuesday released iOS 6.1.1, an update designed to fix an iPhone 4S connectivity issue, the company announced. The smartphone maker took the step after European carrier Vodafone told subscribers not to adopt the iOS 6 upgrade due to battery and connectivity flaws. Apple made iOS 6 available on Jan. 28. PC Magazine (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Samsung, Apple prepare for supply chain split
    Apple and Samsung Electronics are preparing for a divorce in their supply-chain relationship, in which the iPhone maker has relied on Samsung for chips, displays and other components. Apple has found other suppliers such that its purchases now represent 3% of Samsung's bottom line, half the former total. Competition between the rivals has ratcheted sharply as Samsung has surpassed Apple in the global smartphone market and the companies have engaged in global courtroom battles over patents. Bloomberg (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Doug Sicker, former CTO of the FCC, reveals Broadband Pricing Index research. Dr. Sicker talks about what a broadband pricing index is, how it can be used and shortcomings of the existing Internet index methodology used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Click here to watch the video.

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  Public Policy 
  • Automakers: FCC's Wi-Fi push will cause accidents, cost lives
    Federal regulators' plan to encourage wireless communications among cars -- a possible lead-up to self-driving vehicles -- will jam the airwaves along with new accident-prevention technology that could save thousands of lives each year, say automakers and their vendors. The Federal Communications Commission might introduce rules next week that would expand car-to-car communications, but carmakers argue that the frequencies will interfere with spectrum for so-called "talking car" technology. Bloomberg (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wireless Emergency Alerts on your mobile device
    CTIA and wireless carriers representing nearly 97% of subscribers have partnered with the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to create a robust and reliable wireless emergency-alert system. Wireless Emergency Alerts is a national emergency-alert system that sends concise, textlike messages to users' WEA-capable mobile devices. Mobile users will not be charged for receiving these alerts and are automatically enrolled to receive them. Learn more about WEA on CTIA's website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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