News of Note—Apple’s U.S. smartphone sales, FCC emergency alerts, AT&T’s Mexico business and more

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A new survey from 451 Research shows growing interest in Apple products, though the company is also under investigation for slowing its older products. (Pixabay)

Here are the other stories we’re following today.

> A new survey from 451 Research shows growing interest in Apple products. Release (PDF)

> According to Counterpoint Reseach, Apple sold 22.39 million smartphones in the U.S. market during the fourth quarter, growing its market share in the country to 44%. “This is the highest ever market share for Apple in its home market,” the firm said. Release

> Apple is reportedly under investigation by the SEC and DOJ for slowing its older products. TechCrunch article

> DARPA’s three-year, $3.75 million challenge to solve spectrum scarcity will end in a “championship” event at the upcoming Mobile World Congress Americas trade show. Release

> Fujitsu confirmed its mobile business is for sale. Mobile World Live article

> The FCC said it would improve its emergency alerts process. Mobile World Live article

> Amazon’s Alexa can now send text messages. PhoneArena article

> China’s ZTE is looking to raise $2 billion to develop 5G technology. Reuters article

> The Google Play store removed 700,000 bad apps last year. VentureBeat article

> In a detailed report on the topic, AT&T’s Randall Stephenson is clearly making inroads in the Mexican market, putting him into direct competition with his former colleague and friend, billionaire Carlos Slim. Wall Street Journal article

> Research firm iGR predicted that, by 2022, mobile data traffic will rise to 82 million TB per month. Release