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EU Weighs In on Apple's Irish Tax Shelter

September 30, 2014 10:25 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | Comments

If the EU's preliminary finding is confirmed over the coming months, Apple Inc. could face a repayment bill worth billions of dollars because it funnels the bulk of its international sales through...                                                         

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FCC Considering New Rules for OTT Video Services: WSJ

September 30, 2014 10:20 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will begin looking into new rules and regulations for Over-The-Top (OTT) video services aimed at providing subscription TV over the internet. As Verizon and Dish Network work to bring online video services to consumers without pay-TV subscriptions, the FCC is considering whether those services should be subject to the same rules as traditional cable and satellite providers.

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Report: SoftBank Bids $3.4B for Dreamworks

September 29, 2014 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

SoftBank has bid $3.4 billion to buy Dreamworks, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Japanese telecom and majority owner of Sprint could be seeking to buy the animation studio. But a Wall Street Journal report suggests a deal between the two could amount to a content distribution partnership or a SoftBank investment.

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FirstNews Briefs: ARM, Synopsys, Razorsight, Kodiak, SITO Mobile

September 29, 2014 10:42 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Single Touch Systems, Inc., a mobile media solutions provider today unveiled its new name and brand - SITO Mobile. The rebranding follows a period of expansion for the company throughout the U.S. and Canada. The new corporate identity reinforces SITO's emphasis on mobile location-based advertising and mobile messaging platforms.

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Report: Worries of iPhone 6 Plus Durability Overblown

September 29, 2014 10:28 am | Comments

News tests from Consumer Reports show that complaints about the bendability of the iPhone 6 Plus were overblown a bit. In fact, the results might surprise those who have been following "Bendgate."                                                               

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AT&T Luring Businesses with 30GB Buckets for $130

September 29, 2014 10:04 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

AT&T over the weekend announced a limited time offer that will double the amount of data for some of its Mobile Share data plans. The promotional rates, available until Oct. 31, will raise the $130 15GB bucket to 30GB as well as double the 20GB, 30GB, 40GB and 50GB plans. As with all AT&T Mobile Share plans with data buckets of 10GB or more, devices on Next will incur $15 monthly fees each.

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Europe Loosening In-Flight Cell Phone Rules

September 29, 2014 9:38 am | by David Rising, Associated Press | Comments

"We're basically opening the door where, in theory, you'll be able to continue making your phone call through the gate throughout the flight ... like you would on a train," spokesman Ilias Maragakis told The Associated Press.                

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Lenovo Gets Approval for Acquisition of IBM Server Business

September 29, 2014 9:23 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

The latest acquisition includes IBM's System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations.                  

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FirstNews Briefs: Novatel, US Cellular, Polar, Devicescape

September 26, 2014 10:54 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Novatel Wireless today announced the launch of the new Verizon Jetpack Mobile Hotspot 4G LTE/XLTE MiFi(R) 6620L. Availability starts September 29 online at and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, October 2 for $49.99, after a mail-in rebate debit card with a two-year contract.

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GSMA Summit Focuses on M2M Challenges, Opportunities

September 26, 2014 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

"We had predicted anywhere from 190 to 250 million M2M connections this year," Peterson noted, citing a stat that points to a doubling in the percentage of total connections that M2M accounted for over 2010. "To double that in three years is kind of unheard of." 

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Amid Passport Launch, BlackBerry Posts $207 Million Loss

September 26, 2014 9:35 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 was $916 million, which broken out included approximately 46 percent for hardware, 46 percent for services and 8 percent for software and other revenue. Analyst consensus was more in line with $940 million in revenue for the quarter. 

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Intel Ponies Up $1.5B for Mobile Venture in China

September 26, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | Comments

This is Intel's second corporate team-up targeting mobile chips in the past year. In May, Intel announced it would cooperate with another Chinese chipmaker, Rockchip, to use Intel chips in low-cost tablet computers running the Android operating system.

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Analysis: Apple's Response to Problems Critical

September 26, 2014 9:07 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

As the giant tech company scrambled to fix a software glitch that left some of its new iPhones unable to make calls, some analysts said Thursday that Apple is doing the right thing by...                                                              

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Apple Stock Falls Amid New iPhone Glitches

September 25, 2014 2:50 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's stock fell nearly 3 percent on Thursday, after some customers complained that a software update interfered with voice calls on their new iPhones, while others noted that the larger iPhone model could be vulnerable to bending. The stock decline led a broader decline in technology shares.

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Samsung, BlackBerry Poke Apple Over Bending iPhone 6 Plus

September 25, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Samsung Thursday fired off a tweet capitalizing on Apple’s bendable iPhone 6 Plus troubles while touting its own Galaxy Note Edge. “Curved. Not bent” the tweet reads above an image of Samsung’s upcoming Note 4 iteration with a screen that curves around the side bezel and shows notifications.

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