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AT&T Sees 50% Take Rate on Next in 3Q

September 30, 2014 5:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

AT&T today revealed some expectations for its third quarter. The company is seeing big interest in its Next device financing program, as well as growth in its connected home and car businesses.                                                               

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Path App Facilitates Direct Texts to Businesses

September 30, 2014 4:30 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

A product of its acquistion of TalkTo, Path has inserted the ability for users of its messaging app to text businesses with questions about everything from dinner reservations to their operating hours.                                     

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FCC Votes to Expand Unlicensed in Post-Auction Smaller TV Spectrum

September 30, 2014 4:29 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

The FCC today proposed modifications to its Part 15 rules that allow unlicensed spectrum use in white spaces between TV stations. The changes to the rule would help facilitate the use of television bands, 600 MHz guard bands and channel 37.

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FCC’s Incentive Auction Repacking Clarification Draws Dissent

September 30, 2014 3:19 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

The Commission said its repacking plan is designed to meet “Congress’s mandate to make all reasonable efforts to independently preserve TV station coverage areas and population served.” Today’s clarification is pointed toward making sure the public and all potentially affected broadcasters have all the information they need.

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Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 for All Devices

September 30, 2014 2:58 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

With this iteration of Windows, Microsoft addressed the dearly missed Start menu. With Windows 10, the company brings back the Start menu, but with a twist. The OS will apparently be able to...                                                                  

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Study: Global Telecom Capex to Drop by $6B in 2015

September 30, 2014 11:29 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Worldwide telecom capital expenditures (Capex) will fall by $6 billion in 2015, according to new forecasts from the Dell’Oro Group. "While we maintain our view that worldwide Capex will grow around 3 percent in 2014, we believe multiple factors will contribute to a decline in Capex during 2015," Stefan Pongratz, Dell'Oro Group's carrier economics analyst, said in a statement.

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Apple's iPhone 6 Gets Approval for Sales in China

September 30, 2014 10:47 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Approval for use of the iPhone 6 on Chinese networks was granted after Apple "promised 'it never constructed a so-called ...                                                                                      

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FirstNews Briefs: GameStop, AT&T, NVIDIA, Salutron, Interop, Thumb Cellular

September 30, 2014 10:35 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

GameStop, a family of specialty technology retail brands, today announced that its GameStop Technology Institute (GTI) business unit is collaborating with AT&T to further its focus on delivering to its brick-n-mortar retail stores technology advancements that drive customer experiences.

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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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