News In Brief: Verizon Wireless, Samsung, Amazon, Belgacom TV, Ovum, Samsung Ventures Europe

Verizon Wireless launched its LTE network yesterday, with initial coverage of 38 metropolitan areas accessed via USB dongles from LG and Pantech.
 
Samsung group chairman Lee Kun-Hee has appointed his son Lee Jae-yong as president of Samsung Electronics.
 
Amazon’s Web Services subsidiary has launched a domain name system that automatically converts alphabetical web addresses into their numerical IP form on several AWS domains.
 
A personalized movie recommendation service launched today by Belgacom TV, will be available to smartphone users by mid-month. Jinni Taste Engine allows customers to browse a catalogue of 800 films and watch trailers of suggested titles.
 
Research firm Ovum predicts smartphones and tablet PCs will drive consumer adoption of mobile healthcare services. Dedicated m-health devices will also come to the fore in 2011, it says.
 
Samsung Ventures Europe, Samsung Venture Investment’s newly-created European arm, has made its first investment, joining existing backers in raising $16.5 million (€12.4 million) for Cambridge Broadband Networks. The vendor will use the latest funds to push its next-generation microwave backhaul product.

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