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AT&T's postpaid net adds fall below expectations in Q3, and shift from subsidies continues

AT&T Mobility reported fewer postpaid subscriber additions in the third quarter than analysts had expected. Still, the carrier reported strong data revenue growth and said that customers buying smartphones via its Next handset upgrade plan accounted for half of all smartphone sales in the quarter.

Sprint increases low-end shared data plan from 600 MB to 1 GB for $20/month

Trumpeting its new offering as providing a significant value over rivals Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility, Sprint announced it will offer 1 GB of shared data for $20. The carrier previously offered 600 MB of shared data at that price.

Apple's Cook meets with Chinese vice premier following report of iCloud hack in China

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday met in Beijing with Ma Kai, China's vice premier, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, and "exchanged views on protection of users' information." The meeting came just days after a report emerged that indicated Chinese-based hackers had attacked users of Apple's iCloud cloud storage service in the country.

Apple reaches agreement with bankrupt supplier GT Advanced, but details of downfall are still hidden

Apple struck a deal with its bankrupt erstwhile sapphire manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies that will allow GT Advanced to wind down its operations. However, details of the companies' relationship and why GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month remain secret, and it's unclear how much will be made public as a result of the agreement.

Redbox Instant, Justin.tv and the other online video sites that flamed out

YouTube, Hulu and Vimeo are among the online video sites that have enjoyed a significant amount of success. But for every Netflix there are at least as many online video sites that have struggled--or closed outright. FierceOnlineVideo takes a look at the "boneyard," the online video vendors that have either closed up shop or are on the ropes. See this special report here.

Yahoo generated $200M in mobile ad revenue in Q3, aims for growth

Yahoo is starting to generate money from its mobile business after years of lagging behind larger competitors like Google and Facebook. However, the company still has a ways to go before it can claim significant success in mobile advertising and apps.

Verizon rules out buying América Móvil's assets, while AT&T could face hurdles to bidding

Verizon Communications is not going to bid for assets that América Móvil is going to sell off, according to CFO Fran Shammo. Meanwhile, thanks to rules being put in place by Mexico's telecommunications regulators, AT&T could face hurdles if it decides to acquire some of the assets.

T-Mobile looks to settle FTC lawsuit over premium SMS charges

T-Mobile US is looking to settle a lawsuit filed against it by the Federal Trade Commission that alleges the carrier netted hundreds of millions of dollars by knowingly charging customers for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were "bogus charges" subscribers never authorized.

As MetroPCS, Leap and Cincinnati Bell networks shut down, it's regional trench warfare for carriers

Wireless carriers have always battled with each other to encourage customers to switch to a new carrier. But that fight is now starting to heat up in select markets across the country because of a confluence of network shutdowns, technology transitions and smaller carriers exiting the business. Although these market-by-market battles don't get much national attention, they're still worth watching--after all, millions of subscribers scattered across dozens of markets are up for grabs.

Will developers flock to Will.i.am's Puls, the Apple Watch and other wrist-based wearables?

Whether it's traditional consumer apps or even business-oriented apps, experts say thinking "wrist-first" may take a while to become a priority for the mobile industry as a whole. Some developers think that because of app development cycles it will be two years or more before wearables become mainstream. Special report

Augmented reality startup Magic Leap raises $542M from Google, Qualcomm and others

Magic Leap, a startup focused on augmented reality technology, said it raised $542 million in funding from Google, Qualcomm and other venture capital investors. The company plans to use the funds to speed up the development of its products, develop software and content elements and commercialize its wearable computing system.

Report: Microsoft brand replacing Nokia for future Lumia devices

Microsoft will put its own brand in place of the Nokia brand for new Lumia devices, according to The Verge.

RootMetrics: Tier 1 carriers provide best wireless service in Chicago - NYC and LA, not so much

New York City may have surpassed Chicago with the tallest building in the U.S. last year, but according to network testing firm RootMetrics, Chicago easily outclasses New York--and every other U.S. metropolitan area--in terms of overall wireless performance.

Verizon again leans on tablets for postpaid subscriber growth in Q3

Verizon Wireless added more postpaid subscribers in the third quarter than financial analysts had expected, and the growth was again largely driven by tablet activations, not phones. Just as it did in the second quarter, in the third quarter Verizon relied heavily on tablet activations for the vast majority of its subscriber additions.

Apple beats analysts' iPhone expectations with sales of 39.27M units

Apple said it sold 39.27 million iPhones during its most recent quarter, more than the 33.79 million units it sold in the year-ago quarter and above analyst expectations of around 37.8 million unit sales.

Rumor Mill: Lenovo preparing for a bid to acquire BlackBerry

Chinese computer maker Lenovo is reportedly preparing a bid for Canada's BlackBerry that could be made as early as this week, according to a Benzinga.com article that quotes an unnamed source. The news helped drive a spike in BlackBerry's share price.

Microsoft reportedly planning to launch heart rate-tracking smart watch this year

According to a report in Forbes, Microsoft in the next few weeks will launch a smart watch that will be able to track users' heart rates and will be able to work with Windows Phone devices as well as Android and iOS devices. Importantly, the smart watch will reportedly have more than two days of battery life.

As Google reportedly shelves Android Silver and moves ahead with Android-Chrome OS merger

According to a handful of new reports, it appears that Google is discontinuing a plan dubbed Android Silver that would have created a line of devices that featured a pure and unaltered version of Android, with the Android brand--and not the brand of the phone's manufacturer--front and center. Instead, now it appears Google is moving forward with efforts to combine its Android operating system for smartphones with its Chrome operating system for laptops.

Analysts predict Verizon will beat AT&T in postpaid net adds in Q3

Verizon Wireless is expected to post substantial progress in the third quarter with 1.3 million postpaid net customer additions, according to analysts at Credit Suisse. AT&T Mobility, for its part, will report the addition of 800,000 postpaid net customers, the analysts predicted.

Sprint slashes another 452 jobs at company headquarters, more to come

As part of its ongoing cost-cutting efforts, Sprint announced it has eliminated 452 jobs from its Overland Park, Kan., headquarters. This comes on top of approximately 5,000 jobs the company slashed between Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 of this year. And according to a report from the Kansas City Star, more job cuts are anticipated as part of the company's restructuring efforts.