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Rock Wireless launches LTE service in remote areas of the Dakotas thanks to Mobility Fund

Rock Wireless, a division of Standing Rock Telecom, has launched LTE service on an American Indian reservation straddling remote parts of North and South Dakota thanks to funds awarded via the FCC's Mobility Fund. Rock Wireless, the first tribally-owned wireless carrier, is aiming to give Verizon Wireless some competition for service in the high plains.

Cable Wi-Fi's massive future potential starts to take shape

The cable industry's bread and butter, a highly profitable video business, is cracking as people consume more and more content via over-the-top distribution channels. However, at the same time, a massive opportunity with unknown dimensions has quietly emerged: Wi-Fi. Special report

Verizon leads $9.4M investment in Flint Mobile mobile payments service

Verizon Communications lead a $9.4 million investment round in Flint Mobile, a mobile payments service that uses software to process transactions instead of hardware, giving the company a boost from a major carrier.

T-Mobile upgrades to A5/3 encryption on parts of GSM network in attempt to thwart eavesdropping

T-Mobile US has upgraded parts of its 2G GSM network with enhanced encryption technology, which could provide a stronger defense against government eavesdropping and other network intrusions. The changes come after revelations of widespread surveillance of phone calls and Internet traffic by the National Security Agency.

Nokia Networks sees N. American sales boom 58% in Q3 thanks to Sprint, T-Mobile

Nokia reported growing sales in the third quarter, thanks in part to booming business in its Network unit, which was driven by a strong performance in North America. The company reported its first year-over-year growth in quarterly revenue since the first quarter of 2011.

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.