Are Verizon and Skype announcing a deal?; FCC still open to paying broadcasters to vacate spectrum

> Verizon Wireless appears to have an alliance brewing with VoIP provider Skype. The two companies today announced they will be holding a joint news conference Tuesday at the upcoming Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. Article

> Allot's Global Mobile Broadband Traffic Report indicates that worldwide mobile data bandwidth usage increased significantly by approximately 72 percent during the second half of 2009. Over-the-top applications such as YouTube and Skype are driving this continued momentum in mobile broadband growth, the company said. Release

> InterDigital said it posted revenue of $76.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, up 30 percent from $58.7 million in the fourth quarter of the year before. Article

> Telus in Canada reported that HSPA net adds were a positive contributor to the company's average revenue per user (ARPU) year over year. Data ARPU increased a whopping $1.43 to $12.60 from the fourth quarter 2009 to 2010. Transcript

> The text "Haiti" campaign raised $32 million in the month following the Jan. 12 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people, the American Red Cross said. Article

> The FCC is still open to the idea of paying broadcasters to relinquish certain spectrum holdings as part of its larger effort to free up airwaves for mobile broadband. Article

And Finally... An Ohio man set a new world record by giving 7,777 hugs in 24 hours. Article