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> AT&T Mobility spent around $8 million on Google search advertising during the month of June, partially to support the launch of Apple's iPhone 4. Article

> Red Bend acquired VirtualLogix. Article

> MetroPCS announced plans to offer up to $500 million. Release

> Google plans to announce Chrome OS tablet partnerships later this year. Article

> Samsung may use Google's Android software in its TVs. Article

> Morgan Stanley upgraded Nokia. Article

> Apple's iPod touch accounts for 38 percent of all iOS devices, according to new figures. Article

> Verizon Wireless will sell Samsung's Fascinate, a Galaxy S Android smartphone, starting Sept. 8 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and with a two-year contract. Release

> The Mobile World Congress trade show plans to add MacWorld Mobile to its slate of events in an effort to woo iPhone proponents. Article

> Samsung announced a dual-core mobile processor for smartphones. Article

>Hewlett-Packard's former CEO Mark Hurd landed at Oracle. Article

Mobile Content News

> AT&T will partner with MTV Networks Digital to expand the multimedia giant's Posted cross-platform initiative. Article

> Research In Motion reportedly acquired DataViz. Article

> Tyfone closed a Series B financing round totaling $5 million. Article

> Rovio Mobile introduced Angry Birds Lite Beta, a free edition of its blockbuster iPhone application optimized for smartphones running Google's Android mobile OS. Article

Mobile Developer News

> Apple seeded the iOS SDK 4.1 Gold Master to registered developers. Article

> Free apps dominate Android, but at what cost? Commentary

> Hewlett-Packard's Palm released webOS SDK 2.0, which highlights new Synergy APIs. Article

> Rhomobile introduced version 2.1 of its Rhodes open source mobile application development framework. Article  

Broadband Wireless News

> BSNL in India is considering both WiMAX and LTE, reported The Economic Times. Article

> British Telecom has introduced a smartphone app that automatically connects its Total Broadband customers to its WiFi hotspot network. Article

> Alcatel-Lucent said it completed what the vendor calls the first data call using an LTE network operating on the 700 MHz spectrum reserved for public-safety mobile broadband use in the U.S. Article

> The U.S. Department of Agriculture rescinded a $19 million broadband stimulus grant/loan after a Texas wireless company was accused of federal securities violations. Article

European Wireless News

> The French research lab CEA-Leti claims to have demonstrated a contactless interface for RFID cards that operates at 6.8 Mbps. Article

> What will Vodafone do with its cash? Commentary

> Tetra devices are poised to support WiMAX and LTE. Article

> Orange Spain announced a €500 million upgrade plan. Article

> Orange UK will join the network sharing agreement already in place between 3UK and T-Mobile UK. Article

> Vodafone Germany used IFA Berlin, the giant consumer electronics show, to unveil details of its LTE deployment plans. Article

And finally... Apple mixed up its iPhone and iPod touch products. Article