Amazon preps new mystery product; Samsung is working on a Windows phone

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Amazon Preps "New Product Bigger Than Kindle"? Maybe the long-rumored Kindle smartphone? -

— FierceWireless (@FierceWireless) January 15, 2014

> Huawei said it expects to record global sales revenue of $39.4 billion to $39.7 billion in 2013, an 8 percent year over year increase. Release

> Google updated its Chrome app for iOS with data compression technology. Article

> Samsung is reportedly working on a high-end Windows phone, the SM-W750V. Article

> Apple's Tim Cook implied that company's deal with China Mobile could be bigger and broader than expected. Article (sub. req.)

> Geeksphone and Silent Circle released the Blackphone, a phone that runs a customized version of Android called PrivatOS. Article

> Vertical Consultants increased cell tower rent for property owners across North America by an average of 236 percent, the company said. Release

> Ovum predicts that Apple will launch an mPayments platform this year. Article

> Qualcomm Ventures launched QPrize 2014, an international seed investment competition for entrepreneurs in China, Europe, India, Israel, Korea, Latin America and North America. Release

Mobile Developer News

> Apple touted the fact that its App Store has logged in $10 billion in sales in 2013. But developer reaction wasn't exactly what the company expected. Article

> If they can deploy push notifications the right way, developers will see a large majority of their users stick around longer, according to Urban Airship. Article

European Wireless News

> Moody's has downgraded Orange's credit rating to Baa1 from A3, indicating that France's bitter price war is continuing to have a dire effect on the country's mobile operators. Article

> Moto X, the first new flagship smartphone launched by Motorola Mobility following its acquisition by Google in 2012, will officially hit European markets on Feb.1, 2014. Article

> Near field communication (NFC) services won't take off for at least two years according to latest findings from Ovum, which has also cast doubt on operators' chances in the m-payment market amid a glut of launches in the past two years. Article

And finally… Here's the tweet that is credited with changing social media and Twitter forever. Article

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