Acer's CEO quits over strategy; Samsung, Visa plan Olympic NFC launch

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> Consumer Cellular reworked its service plan pricing. Article

> Apple's vice president of worldwide marketing is leaving the company. Article

> Google is among the 32 new members of the Near Field Communications Forum. Release

> Verizon executive Dick Lynch said consumers need to be educated on data usage. Article

> Chairman Julius Genachowski unveiled the FCC's $354 million budget. Article

> Acer's CEO quit the company over a disagreement with the Acer board on strategy. Article

> Samsung and Visa are targeting the Olympics for an NFC deployment in London. Article

> Hewlett-Packard released webOS 3.0 to developers. Article

> Verizon Wireless' spring handset plans reportedly leaked online. Article

Mobile Content News

> Teen-focused social networking service myYearbook has acquired five Android-powered mobile games as well as Android multiplayer gaming engine FlockEngine. Article

> Verizon Wireless rolled out the Opera Mini mobile browser across select feature phones. Article

> Venture capital firm Venrock completed a $10 million investment in white-label mobile app storefront solutions provider Appia. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> The profile of femtocells is up again, but growth is still coming along slowly, according to a new report from Infonetics Research. Article

> DragonWave announced a deal with FiberTower to provide high-capacity microwave solutions that will support FiberTower's microwave-based packet backhaul services. Article

> Kansas City, Kan., is the city where Google will build its ultra-high-speed broadband network capable of 1 Gbps speeds. Article

> Tests of Verizon Wireless' HTC Thunderbolt on its LTE network indicate that the device handles data speeds nicely but battery life is an issue--a problem that has plagued WiMAX devices as well. Article

European Wireless News

> Telefonica O2 UK revealed performance aspects of its LTE trial network that promises to resolve the capacity issues. Article

> U.K. operators are said to be losing around £136 million a year to fraudsters targeting premium rate mobile services. Article

> The mobile phone subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa, 3 Group, reported its first profitable year since it started operation in Europe and Australia. Article

And finally... Gameloft announced its latest app: Pet Pal, which controls animals via high-pitch sound waves. (FYI: April 1 is tomorrow). Video


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