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> Samsung Display is the world's largest display manufacturer. Article

> Consumer Reports said the new iPad topped its ratings. Post

> The European Union is considering looking into complaints that Motorola Mobility using its patents to stifle competition. Article

> AT&T and Verizon are using "speed dating" with startups to spur innovation. Article

> Ericsson completed its acquisition of BelAir Networks. Release

> Samsung and Japan's NTT DoCoMo quit their planned LTE chipset joint venture. Article

Mobile Content News

> Apple increased its iAd payout to 70 percent. Article

> Rovio Mobile is poised to launch an animated series based on its Angry Birds gaming franchise. Article

> Sprint Nextel is partnering with travel organization AAA for a new application bundle offering subscribers access to motorist information such as  navigation assistance, restaurant and hotel recommendations and safety tips. Article

> T-Mobile USA has removed advertisements that appeared on the notification bar of some Android smartphones, blaming the controversy on a software issue. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> The new iPad's LTE support highlights the troubles in the global LTE spectrum bands. Article

> Subscribership on South Korea's LTE networks is speeding up and expected to hasten even more as operators solidify their geographic footprints. Article

> BT's test of white spaces equipment shows there may be more work to be done. Article

European Wireless News

> 3UK's unlimited data plans continue to attract attention, with the operator boosting its subscriber numbers by 18 percent in 2011 to 8.2 million. Article

> UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is planning to auction spectrum in the 700MHz band for use by mobile broadband services. Article

> Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy has taken immediate action since assuming the role of CEO for SFR by halting 100 projects that are underway within the mobile operator. Article

> A former Nokia executive will head up TeliaSonera's operations in Finland. Article

And finally... Aston Kutcher will play Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie. Article. And here are the Web's best April Fool's jokes. Article