Alcatel CEO defends mobile unit; Samsung Memoir close to launching on T-Mobile?

> Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen defended keeping the company's loss-making WCDMA unit, saying the company's customers valued the business, and that it was important to keep it for Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology development. Article

> The 8-megapixel Samsung Memoir, long rumored to be launching for T-Mobile USA, will reportedly launch Feb. 25 for $300 after mail-in rebates. Article; Picture

> Kogan, the Australian specialty electronics maker, confirmed that it would be launching a revamped version of its Android-based Agora smartphone. Google had previously rejected a version of the phone because of software issues. Article

> AdMob, the mobile advertising marketplace, said it would launch its first advertising unit for applications based on Google's Android platform, giving developers the opportunity to monetize their applications. Article 

And finally... A woman who applied 15 times to be a bikini-clad barmaid at a New York eatery, says she is suing because the bar has refused to hire her because she has a "Latin accent." Article