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FirstNews Briefs: Huawei, Ericsson, WeMo, Holmes, Harman, Spotify

September 4, 2014 10:02 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Ericsson Thursday announced that it is partnering with security firm Guardtime on a cloud-based solution that will help catch data thieves. According to a press release, the solution will integrate Keyless Signature Infrastructure (KSI) technology into the Ericsson cloud portfolio to provide “immutable evidence that will hold in court.”

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Annual IFA Show Showcases Lots of Mobile Phones, Watches

September 4, 2014 10:01 am | by Frank Jordans, Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | Comments

Samsung and other electronics companies, including Asustek, Sony and other, used the IFA trade show in Berlin to showcase their holiday lineups. New smartphones, computerized wristwatches and a virtual-reality headset were among the gadgets announced Wednesday.

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Apple Shares Take Hit as New Samsung Phones Launch

September 4, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note Edge phone, which has a side display for quicker access to the flashlight, Twitter, news and other apps. It also showed off a new Galaxy Note 4 phone and a virtual-reality headset for the phone called Gear VR to watch concerts or play games.

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AT&T Network VP Rinne Retiring

September 3, 2014 11:40 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Kris Rinne, senior vice president of network technologies at AT&T Labs, plans to retire at the end of November, according to FierceWireless. Tom Keathley will take over for Rinne after she leaves. He’s been named senior vice president of network and product planning.

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Amazon CFO to Retire

September 3, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com says its chief financial officer, Thomas Szkutak, will retire after 12 years on the job in June 2015. The e-commerce site says he will be replaced by Brian Olsavsky, vice president of finance for the company's global consumer business. Szkutak and Olsavsky joined Amazon in 2002, Szkutak as CFO and Olsavsky vice president of finance.

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Sprint’s Boost Lowers Prices, Doubles Data for Limited Time

September 3, 2014 10:43 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Sprint prepaid brand Boost Mobile announced a limited time offer that will reduce prices and double data for its Monthly Unlimited Select plans. From Sept. 3 to Nov. 3, customers will be able to get $40, $50 and $60 plans for $5 less. All the plans will still include unlimited talk and text but now $35 gets 1GB, $45 gets 5GB, and $55 gets 10GB.

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Isis Mobile Wallet Changes Name to Softcard

September 3, 2014 10:41 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Isis Wallet today announced it’s changing its name to Softcard. In July, Isis—a mobile payment joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon—announced its intent to ditch its old name to avoid any confusion with the radical Islamic militant group ISIS.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Gear VR Ready by Holidays

September 3, 2014 9:56 am | by Frank Jordans and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | Comments

The Galaxy Note Edge was announced at a trade show in Berlin on Wednesday, alongside the new Galaxy Note 4 phone, which lacks the side screen, and a virtual-reality headset called Gear VR. They are due for release this fall, in time for holiday shopping, and aim to compete with Apple's new iPhones due to be unveiled next week.

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FirstNews Briefs: Alcatel-Lucent, nTelos, Apkudo, Syntonic, GENBAND

September 3, 2014 9:40 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Apkudo announced the launch of 'Confirmed Kill' testing to verify and validate smartphone kill switch implementations. The test suite – an extension of Apkudo Approved device analysis – will ensure device kill switches meet the requirements of the law.

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AT&T Rolls Out New Secure Cloud for Government Clients

September 2, 2014 11:05 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

The STaaS storage towers are physically separated from other towers in the data center, government customer data won’t co-exist with commercial data, government customers get a separate cloud portal, and all their users are assigned RSA hard token for 2-Factor Authentication.

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Netflix Unveils New Way to Share Recommendations

September 2, 2014 10:51 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Until now, Netflix subscribers linking the service to their Facebook accounts automatically disclosed everything they were watching with a potentially wide-reaching range of people. The company believes the open-ended approach discouraged most Netflix subscribers from connecting their accounts with their Facebook profiles.

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Iliad Seeking Possible American Partner for Larger Stake in T-Mobile

September 2, 2014 10:48 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Iliad Chief Financial Officer Thomas Reynaud said the deal could still “evolve” and that his company is currently talking with potential partners, some American, about possibly bidding for an increased stake. Reynaud told reporters that the possible partners were either industrial competitors or private equity firms.

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T-Mobile Uncarrier 7.0 Coming Sept. 10

September 2, 2014 10:28 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

T-Mobile sent out invitations for its next Uncarrier announcement, taking place Sept. 10 in San Francisco. As usual, T-Mobile is being cryptic about what Uncarrier 7.0 will be. The invitation only notes that “This time it’s personal.” This will be the first official Uncarrier announcement since late June saw T-Mobile announce a 7-day test drive for its network and the end of data plan charges for streaming music.

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Alibaba IPO Comes with Unusual Structure

September 2, 2014 9:59 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Foreigners who want to buy Alibaba Group shares in the Chinese e-commerce giant's U.S. public offering will need to get comfortable with an unusual business structure. Alibaba's online and mobile commerce businesses will be controlled by a "variable interest entity," an arrangement meant to allow investors to buy into Internet and other businesses in which Beijing bans or limits foreign ownership.

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FirstNews Briefs: Alcatel-Lucent, Telefonica, Federated Wireless, GreenPeak

September 2, 2014 9:53 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Federated Wireless, which develops technologies to maximize the utilization of spectrum resources, today named Iyad Tarazi, the former Sprint Corp. executive who spearheaded that company's Network Vision network modernization project, as its new Chief Executive Officer.

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