French 4G auction to raise €2.5 billion; 2 billion people to own smartphones by 2015

> The French government set auctions terms for 18 blocks of 4G spectrum that will raise €2.5 billion.

> International research firm Parks Associates forecasts over 2 billion people worldwide will own at least one smartphone in 2015. Release

> ­Aspiro Mobile Solutions agrees to supply mobile payment solutions via SMS and MMS to Swedish newspaper AB Kvällstidningen Expressen. Article

> MegaFon, Russia's second largest cellular operator, reported a decline in subscriber numbers but blamed it on seasonality. Article

And finally... The space shuttle launch as seen from an iPhone. Article