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Icahn Renews Quest for Apple Share Buyback

October 9, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn is taking another swing at getting Apple to buy back more of its stock and improve the relative value of the shares. Icahn is asking the iPhone maker's CEO, Tim Cook, to give its board a plan to meaningfully increase share repurchases.

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FirstNews Briefs: Alcatel-Lucent, Itron, Bit6, GENBAND

October 9, 2014 9:36 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent has today opened a facility, Alcatel-Lucent Customer Network Center (CNC), in Tokyo designed to give service providers and enterprise customers hands-on experience in the co-creation of new ultra-broadband and cloud-based services and applications.

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HTC Poses with New 'Desire EYE' Smartphone and 'RE' Camera

October 8, 2014 5:28 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

HTC is getting into the camera business. The smartphone maker today rolled out a new handheld persicope-shaped...                                                                                           

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Teens May Be Unreliable Predictors of Apple Watch’s Success

October 8, 2014 5:27 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

But then again, teens may be an unreliable source for predicting how Apple’s foray into the watch game will go. Elsewhere in the survey, the teen respondents are asked to name their top watch brands. Just like in the spring 2014 and fall 2013 study, Rolex easily took the top spot. On average, 30 percent of respondents said the luxury brand time pieces are just the best.

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Apple Confirms Oct. 16 Media Event

October 8, 2014 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple will also likely run down the next iteration of its desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite. Other products that could be included in the presentation could include Apple TV, Apple Pay and more about Homekit. 

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AT&T Paying Out $105M in Cramming Agreement

October 8, 2014 1:27 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today said AT&T has agreed to pay $105 million in part to reimburse customers affected by cramming. Under the deal, AT&T will pay $80 million to the Federal Trade Commission which will then distribute the money to customers nationwide who got stuck with unauthorized third-party fees from premium SMS services. Ferguson’s office estimates almost 500,000 Washingtonians were affected.

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Survey: Just 9% of Lawmakers Use Android Phones

October 8, 2014 10:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Of the 102 lawmakers’ offices that responded, just nine percent said they use Android phones. That compares with 71 percent using iPhones and 28 percent who choose BlackBerry. Many of the respondents said they use multiple phones and in several cases indicated they have a flip phone in addition to their smartphone.

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Barring Merger Will 3Q Signal T-Mobile’s Peak?

October 8, 2014 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

"I can tell you everything you need to know about Iliad. The owner's wealthy, he's got long hair, he made his money in porn, and his wife is the heir to Louis Vuitton money. I mean, sh*t, what else do you need to know?"

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FirstNews Briefs: Samsung, Yovo, Defense Mobile, Brightstar, TIA

October 8, 2014 10:20 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ContentGuard, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation and a pioneer of content protection technologies, today introduced Yovo, a new ephemeral messaging app that makes the photos and messages that we share disappear. Yovo allows users to protect pictures and messages from undesired screen captures via a patent-pending scrambling technology.

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Apple Watch Holds Modest Appeal for Core Demographic

October 8, 2014 9:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Apple Watch may have only limited appeal for a core subset of Apple's customer base, namely teens. According to a Piper Jaffray survey that polled 7,500 teens across 48 states, just...                                                          

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Twitter Sues FBI, DOJ For NSA Request Documents

October 8, 2014 9:20 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The San Francisco-based company said in a blog post that it believes it's entitled under the First Amendment to "respond to our users' concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance."

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Talking to Siri While Driving Could Be Dangerous

October 8, 2014 9:15 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Voice-activated systems were graded on a distraction scale of 1 to 5, with 1 representing no distraction and 5 comparable to doing complex math problems and word memorization.                                                                  

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Facebook Launches 'Audience Network' for Mobile Ads

October 7, 2014 11:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Coined Audience Network and debuted back in April at the company's f8 conference, the mobile ad platform is a new way...                                                                                  

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Confirmed: Sprint Shutting Down WiMax Network on Nov. 6, 2015

October 7, 2014 11:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint has confirmed it will shut down its WiMax network around the first week of November next year. “Sprint will cease operating the Sprint 4G WiMAX network on or about November 6, 2015,” a Sprint spokesperson told Wireless Week. Most WiMAX subscribers are upgrade eligible due to the age of their device. In addition, offers are being planned for targeted postpaid WiMAX subscribers prior to the WiMAX network shutdown.

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Boku Acquires mopay, Expands Mobile Payments Reach

October 7, 2014 10:26 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Boku today announced it has acquired mopay, a fellow carrier-billing based mobile payment solution. The new combined organization says it offers mobile payments in more than 80 countries and has a reach of nearly five billion consumers. The merger brings merchants like Valve and gameloft into Boku’s existing merchant client portfolio that already includes Facebook, Sony, Spotify, and Electronic Arts.

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