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November 29, 2012
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  • Verizon sells 10 B-block licenses to Clear Talk
    Verizon Wireless has sold 10 of its lower 700 MHz B-block licenses located in small markets in Florida, Georgia, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Maryland to Clear Talk. The regional wireless service provider, which has operations in nine states -- some under the ClearBurst brand -- is expected to use the spectrum to provide fixed wireless broadband connectivity, speculate some industry observers. Telecompetitor.com (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Yahoo's Mayer: What Yahoo needs to succeed in mobile
    Yahoo will look to develop partnerships and acquire low-cost startup companies to improve its competitiveness in the mobile arena, CEO Marissa Mayer said Tuesday at an industry event. "This is a huge opportunity for us because we have the content and all the information people want on their phones," she said, adding that Yahoo might look to acquire some companies purely for their employees' knowledge. CNET/Internet & Media blog (11/28), VentureBeat (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft slates Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade for early next year
    Microsoft will deliver its Windows Phone 7.8 update to legacy smartphone users in early 2013, the company said in a blog post Wednesday, a delay that disappointed some users who were already upset because the older software will not be compatible with the new Windows Phone 8 operating system. Also, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that Windows smartphones were selling at four times the rate of a year ago and conceded the company might have moved too slowly in bringing new tablets to market. Reuters (11/28), Computerworld/IDG News Service (11/28), CNET (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • On the rise: Eddy Cue steps in to fill product void at Apple
    Eddy Cue, an Apple executive who had largely worked in the shadows as Steve Jobs' chief lieutenant for e-commerce and media, has emerged under CEO Tim Cook as a crisis manager and key developer of the company's software strategy. Cook named Cue to oversee mapping and the Siri personal assistant after the recent dismissal of iPhone software head Scott Forstall. Cue "is in charge of all the most important services if Apple wants to grow," said Anthony Soohoo, a former CBS media executive who has negotiated with Cue. The Wall Street Journal (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Marketing 
  • Search marketers tripling and quadrupling mobile device budgets
    Mobile devices have drawn stronger support from search marketers so far in the fourth quarter with smartphone budgets rising by 307% and tablet advertising by 231% compared with a year ago, according to IgnitionOne, a digital marketing firm. And yet, mobile devices still lag PCs in generating cost per clicks: PCs are getting a 28% premium over smartphones and 36% higher rates when compared with tablets. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology 
  • AT&T exec warns of need to stay step ahead of wireless hackers
    Hackers have stayed a step ahead of wireless industry specialists in keeping networks secure, an AT&T security executive said Wednesday. "We have to try to turn the model around and not constantly react. We have to somehow get ... the innovation into the security space, not the hacker space," Gus de los Reyes said at an industry event. Light Reading (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dutch court bans sales of some older Samsung Galaxy devices
    Apple scored another legal victory over Samsung Electronics when a Dutch court banned sales of some older Galaxy products that it determined violated patents related to using touch-screen devices to scroll through photo galleries. The decree applies to Android 2.2.1 products and above that lack Samsung's own photo gallery software. Samsung has developed work-around technologies for most of its newer Galaxy devices. All Things D (11/28), Computerworld/IDG News Service (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RingCentral offers texting service for business phone systems
    RingCentral has developed what it calls the first business-class texting system as a way for enterprises to communicate with employees who are reluctant to pick up their phones. "Being able to text individual departments is a key feature. You could broadcast that there's a meeting at 2 p.m. or give them thanks on a job well done," said Matt McGinnis, a marketing executive at the cloud telephone systems company. VentureBeat (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Report: Tweens, young teens doing homework over mobile devices
    Middle school students are increasingly turning to their smartphones to finish homework assignments, according to a survey from TRU, a division of the WPP advertising firm, which found 39% of children ages 11 to 14 did schoolwork on their smartphones compared with 31% for tablets and 65% with laptop computers. Hispanic students skewed higher than others in the report. In another survey of wireless device users, single adults were found more likely to use smartphones while married people turned to tablets, according to a Harris Interactive poll conducted for The Search Agency, a marketing firm. Reuters (11/28), CNET/Internet & Media blog (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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