The recent acquisition of Nokia's Here digital mapping and location services business by a consortium comprising Audi, BMW and Daimler is a harbinger for widespread strategic change in technology supply for automobiles. Smartcar companies including Daimler and Volkswagen admit they need Apple and Google as partners, but these Silicon Valley companies also pose significant threats as suppliers and as direct competitors.
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Verizon Wireless is clarifying that despite its recent introduction of new plans that do away with two-year contracts and subsidized smartphones for new customers, existing customers who have two-year contracts can renew them and keep getting subsidized phones.
Former HTC CEO Peter Chou is staying with the struggling smartphone maker but is also taking on another role: executive director at Hong Kong-based digital effects company Digital Domain.
Outgoing Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes will receive around $14.6 million (€13 million) in stock over three years, but the vendor insisted that the compensation is not a bonus tied to him leaving the company amid Nokia's pending $17.5 billion takeover of Alcatel-Lucent.
BlackBerry's Chen acknowledges need for more apps as rumored Android phone appears in new leaked photos
BlackBerry CEO John Chen admitted that his company's smartphones still do not give customers access to enough apps to be competitive with Apple's iPhones or those running Google's Android platform. And while Chen stopped short of confirming that the company is producing a phone running on Android, new photos of the rumored gadget popped up online.
T-Mobile US said it is going to take action against a very small number of its customers who are abusing their unlimited data plans with mobile hotspot tethering services by warning them and then changing their plans if they continue to violate T-Mobile's terms of service. The carrier said it is taking the action to ensure that all customers on its network have a high-quality experience.
Google is giving some developers a workaround to Apple's privacy protocols so they can keep selling mobile ads with their apps. Google later clarified that it was not trying to prioritize ads and ad revenue over security.
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The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union has joined the rallying cry for the Federal Communications Commission to modernize the Lifeline affordable phone service program by adopting the 10/1 Mbps broadband speed standard that the regulator has already set as the minimum speed providers should deliver to consumers.
FirstNet officials told industry representatives at its second Industry Day last week that partnering with FirstNet is a way for wireless service providers to gain access to valuable spectrum assets in less time and with less upfront costs than traditional methods, such as bidding in FCC auctions, according to IWCE's Urgent Communications.