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Apple Shares Halted Ahead of 7:1 Stock Split Announcement

April 23, 2014 5:20 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple shares halted briefly Wednesday as the company announced a 7:1 stock split and raised its buyback authorization from $30 billion to $90 billion. Apple declared a dividend of $3.29 per common share, which it will pay out May 15 to shareholders of record as of May 12.

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FirstNews Briefs: iControl, Netgear, Magnaquest, Squire Technologies, Sify, Silo Wireless

April 24, 2014 11:18 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

iControl Networks and NETGEAR today announced the launch of the NETGEAR Security Touch Screen (STS7000), a new Android touchscreen for iControl Connect solutions. The seven-inch screen allows users to manage and interact with their homes while staying connected to Internet content such as weather, traffic, news, sports and more.

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SmartWatch, Episode 7: Wireless What-Ifs, Ands and Buts, from Apple to Softbank

April 24, 2014 11:15 am | Videos | Comments

With a relatively quiet news week having passed, this week's SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, takes a look at what might be on the horizon. From a Softbank bid for T-Mobile to a new iPhone, we'll offer up the probability of the next big story in the wireless. 

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FCC’s 3.5 GHz Proposal Could Result in Spectrum Auction

April 24, 2014 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

For the second tier, the Commission has proposed to, on an annual basis, allow applications for available Priority Access Licenses (PAL) with the possibility of allowing licensees to aggregate PAL licenses by making available multiple consecutive years of PALs licenses available at the same time. The FCC would hold an auction to assign PALs where there are mutually exclusive applications pending.

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FCC Will Propose New Pay-for-Priority Internet Rules

April 24, 2014 10:42 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm competition or limit free speech.

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Verizon Wireless Churn Ticks Up in Competitive 1Q

April 24, 2014 10:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Verizon's first-quarter earnings remained steady, Big Red's wireless division may finally be feeling the effects of an increasingly competitive market. Retail postpaid churn was up 6 basis points annually to 1.07 percent in the first quarter. Retail churn was 1.37 percent in the first quarter, up 7 basis points year over year.

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UN Study: Cellphones Can Help Fight Illiteracy

April 23, 2014 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A UN report found that in countries with scarce access to printed materials, large amounts of people are reading using mobile devices.The study compiled over 4,000 surveys and interviews from Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda and Zimbabwe and found that one-third of study participants use mobile devices to read to children.

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FirstNews Briefs: Samsung, Withings, RacoWireless, CalAmp, DCS, Toshiba

April 23, 2014 10:24 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today introduced three new tablets as part of the Galaxy Tab line. The 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 tablets offer a variety of screen-size options, providing various form factors to meet the needs of consumers and businesses alike. The Wi-Fi-enabled Galaxy Tab 4 portfolio will be available in the U.S. beginning May 1, with pre-orders starting tomorrow.

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Ericsson 1Q Sales Drop 7% on Network Build Slowdown in North America, Japan

April 23, 2014 10:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Ericsson’s first quarter sales fell 7 percent on the winding down of North American and Japanese network projects. First-quarter sales came in at 47.5 billion Krona ($7.2 billion), down from 52 billion Krona ($7.9 billion) in the same quarter a year ago.

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Report: Huawei Will Spend $300M on Marketing Blitz

April 23, 2014 9:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Huawei is looking to get the word out that it's no longer a minor vendor of low-end smarpthones. The company will spend up to $300 million in marketing its mid-rang and premium tier smarpthones, according to a report from Reuters. Shao Yang, vice president of marketing for Huawei's consumer business...

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Adoption of AT&T's Next, Mobile Share Offerings Impacts 1Q Earnings

April 22, 2014 5:26 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In an afternoon first-quarter earnings call, AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens stressed an increase in customers moving to Mobile Share plans and adoption of the company's Next upgrade program as major shifts for the wireless business

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AT&T Brings on Board Amdocs, Juniper Networks for Domain 2.0

April 22, 2014 5:04 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T today announced that Amdocs Limited and Juniper Networks will join the list of vendors discussing the design and deployment of the carrier’s User-Defined Network Cloud. At Mobile World Congress, AT&T first announced the new network initiative and the first group of vendors; Ericsson, Tail-F Systems AB, and Metaswitch Networks LTD.

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FirstNews Briefs: U.S. Cellular, SkyWave, WiTricity, Shazam

April 22, 2014 11:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular today launched a 4G LTE Router for consumers and small businesses. The service is $20 per month when added on to any Shared Connect plan, and the device is available online and in U.S. Cellular stores for $99.99 with a two-year agreement.

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AT&T Explores Expansion of Super-Fast Internet

April 22, 2014 10:42 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas. The service, called GigaPower, has a 1 gigabit per second speed that is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically get with broadband. 

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AT&T Plans $500M OTT Video Venture with Crunchyroll Majority Owner

April 22, 2014 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T and the Chernin Group today announced a joint venture to “acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services.” The companies are committing $500 million toward the effort. To that end the companies plan to invest in advertising and subscription-based video-on-demand (VOD) as well as streaming.

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Report: Facebook to Unveil Mobile Ad Network

April 22, 2014 10:39 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook will unveil its plans for a mobile ad network, according to a report from re/code citing people familiar with the matter. Facebook will make the announcement at its F8 developer conference at the end of the month. The news comes after Facebook in January said it would begin testing advertisements in some third-party mobile applicati

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