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Apple Pay rival MCX open to using NFC technology in the future

The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) is willing to use Near Field Communications technology like its rivals, its CEO said. MCX is a consortium of some of the country's largest retailers that is setting up a mobile payments program that will stand as a rival to Apple Pay, Softcard and other mobile payment offerings.

Lenovo completes $2.9B deal for Motorola, will pursue dual-brand strategy in emerging markets

Lenovo officially closed its $2.91 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility from Google, a move that immediately turns Lenovo into the third largest smartphone player in the world by market share. Lenovo, which is popular in China and many markets where Motorola doesn't play, will use a dual-brand strategy to grow the combined company's mobile businesses in emerging markets.

Samsung's mobile profit plunges 74% in Q3 as competition intensifies

Samsung Electronics' third-quarter profit plunged thanks in large part to a steep decline in its mobile unit's profit and sales, as rising competition from Chinese rivals like Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi has started to take a toll. Samsung said its mobile performance in the current fourth quarter remains uncertain, but the company hopes to bounce back thanks new phones with flexible displays in 2015 as well as more competitive phones at different price points.

Marriott rolls out wireless charging stations with Qi technology

Marriott Hotels is providing wireless charging stations in the lobbies of 29 of its hotels this month thanks to portable charging stations from Kube Systems that use Qi technology.

LG posts best mobile results since 2009 as smartphone sales boom to 16.8M in Q3

LG Electronics posted its best results from its mobile unit in five years as sales and operating profit jumped thanks to record-high smartphone sales in the third quarter, driven largely by the G3, the company's latest flagship device.

WhatsApp delays launch of voice calling service to Q1 of 2015

HALF MOON BAY, Calif.--WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said the over-the-top messaging app intends to launch voice calling services in the first quarter of 2015. The company, which Facebook recently finished acquiring, had initially planned to launch calling in the second quarter of 2014.

Apple exec: Don't expect Apple SIM to show up in iPhones

HALF MOON BAY, Calif.--Apple decided to put its Apple SIM card inside its new iPads because it didn't know which wireless carriers its customers would choose and because the company wanted to give its customers more choice, according to an Apple executive.

Motorola's Osterloh: After 'near-death' experiences, Lenovo deal to give firm a new lease on life

HALF MOON BAY, Calif.--Motorola Mobility has been through several near-death experiences in the past few years, but its impending acquisition by Lenovo will allow it to double the number of markets it competes in and ride the trend toward lost-cost smartphones, according to Motorola President and COO Rick Osterloh.

Verizon refreshes Droid line with Turbo to challenge iPhone 6, Note 4, Nexus 6

Verizon Wireless today announced the latest addition to its Droid lineup, the Droid Turbo from Motorola. The phone helps reinforce Verizon's long-standing Droid phone line and will compete directly with Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 and other new phones from the likes of HTC, LG and others.

Apple's Cook open to partnering with e-commerce behemoth Alibaba

Apple CEO Tim Cook indicated he is open to working with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and its billionaire founder Jack Ma, who expressed an interest in partnering with the iPhone maker in mobile payments.