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April 3, 2012
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  • Station owners may balk at surrendering airwaves for spectrum
    Some television station owners are reluctant to sell digital spectrum that wireless carriers crave, despite new legislation that establishes a mechanism to free up bandwidth, according to broadcast industry executives and other observers. "You can anticipate there are going to be roadblocks and they're going to be serious roadblocks," said John Hane of the Pillsbury law firm. The National Association of Broadcasters says stations will want to explore ways to exploit the spectrum for their own use. Bloomberg (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Samsung budgets $7B for NAND flash fab in China
    Samsung Electronics will build and equip a wafer fabrication facility in Xi'an, China, where it will make NAND flash memory devices for use in mobile electronics. The consumer electronics giant will initially spend $2.3 billion on the semiconductor plant, with total expenditures projected at $7 billion. Samsung has rapidly expanded its chipmaking capacities in the past year, opening a $10.6 billion fab in South Korea in September and expanding its facility in Austin, Texas. Bloomberg Businessweek (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Telecoms take hunt global for innovative tech
    AT&T and Verizon Communications are seeking out innovative technologies being built by startups and are stepping up investments globally. AT&T has already heard 91 pitches and is working with startups on three new projects. Verizon leaders say they expect to make three or four new investments in the next month and a dozen investments this year. San Francisco Chronicle (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  mHealth 
  • Children's hospital to pilot telemedicine initiative
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has confirmed that it will pilot a telemedicine initiative with $100,000 in financial backing from the Verizon Foundation. The program aims to assess the value of providing pediatric specialty consultations to community hospitals in areas such as neurology consultation, neonatal intensive care and inpatient pediatric care, according to a statement by the hospital. Healthcare IT News (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology 
  • Google buys TxVia to boost lagging mobile-payment service
    With its own mobile-payments efforts struggling, Google has acquired TxVia, a mobile-wallet technology firm that has established relationships with top brands and manages more than 100 million payment accounts, Google revealed in a blog post Monday. TxVia also has been developing payment systems for prepaid and gift cards, according to Google. All Things D (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Apple, Samsung extend smartphone dominance
    The iPhone 4G outsold all other smartphones combined at AT&T and Sprint Nextel in March while equaling its rivals in sales at Verizon Wireless, according to estimates from the Canaccord research firm. Canaccord's survey found Apple and Samsung consolidating their smartphone dominance in the U.S. and overseas, with the South Korean manufacturer at the top of the pack. Analyst Mike Walkley predicted that Samsung's sales would increase 15% from the fourth quarter. All Things D (4/2), Barron's (subscription required)/Tech Trader Daily blog (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Despite heat issue, Consumer Reports loves the iPad; buyers agree
    Consumer Reports gives the new iPad a rave review despite being the first publication to report that the tablet's temperatures run high if the device is used for prolonged periods of graphics-intense game play. The magazine also cited Verizon's 4G network for delivering "very fast, dependable connectivity" on the iPad. Users agree: In a survey from the ChangeWave research firm, 82% of the owners expressed high satisfaction with their purchases, with many welcoming the tablet's Retina display. Reuters (4/2), Network World (4/2), Bloomberg (4/3), CNET/Apple blog (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • EU will probe Motorola on rivals' patent complaints
    The European Union's antitrust regulator says it has followed up on complaints from Apple and Microsoft by opening an inquiry into Motorola Mobility's procedures for issuing licenses for standards-essential patents. Also, Motorola reportedly has demanded that Microsoft pay $4 billion a year in royalties in connection with the companies' patent dispute over Microsoft's Xbox gaming system and Motorola's Android-based smartphones. The Wall Street Journal (4/3), Bloomberg Businessweek (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LightSquared faces new default as FCC begins license review
    LightSquared has two months to pay Inmarsat $29.6 million after the company's second default over its deal to license spectrum, according an Inmarsat legal filing. The Federal Communications Commission will officially begin its review of LightSquared's plan to build a national satellite-based wireless network now that the public comment period has closed. The agency, which is not expected to hurry its decision, has already stated its reluctance to approve the license due to concerns over interference with GPS navigational systems. PCWorld Business Center/IDG News Service (4/2), Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.) (4/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CTIA News 
  • April WOW Policy Point: Keeping you and your wireless devices safe
     
    Keeping you and your wireless devices safe is important to CTIA and its members. In the April "Wonder of Wireless" Policy Point, CTIA offers safety tips and stresses the importance of using the tools at your disposal to protect yourself in the event your device is lost or stolen. Advice includes using passwords as well as tracking and data-safety applications, and notifying your carrier immediately if your device is lost or stolen. Watch the WOW Policy Point. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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