Android's KitKat now on 1.4% of Android phones; Wind Mobile ditches Canada's 700 MHz auction

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> Wirefly is offering $50 to those who switch to Verizon Wireless. Post

> Gartner predicted that 94.5 percent of app downloads will be free by 2017. Article

> Android version 4.4, dubbed KitKat, is now running 1.4 percent of all Android devices globally. Article

> AT&T said it will support mobile payments technology from Vantiv. Release

> Motorola's Moto G will hit Sprint's Boost Mobile on Jan. 20 for $129. Article

> Apple's licensing deal with Nokia will expire in 2016. Article

> Google scored 2,000 patents last year as it expanded research into areas like wearables. Article

> A leaker has reportedly posted pictures of Nokia's rumored Android phone. Article

> Canada's 700 MHz spectrum auction is now in disarray after Wind Mobile exited the auction. Article

> According to new findings from Juniper Research, mobile data roamers will generate $42 billion in revenues by 2018. Release

Mobile Developer News

> MeeGo and Symbian developers don't have many options after the Symbian app store closed. Editor's Corner

> Now that StackMob is joining PayPal, what can developers do about mobile backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) providers. Feature

Telecom News

> A Juniper Networks shareholder wants to retool the company's strategy. Article

> BT has dipped into the financial services industry by naming financial industry veteran executive Joe Garner as the new CEO of Openreach. Article

> Verizon has signed up four new service provider IP VoIP arrangements as part of its IP VoIP interconnection partnership program, but it still has to overcome a number of regulatory issues. Article

Cable News

> Charter has stepped up pressure on Time Warner Cable with a public offer to merge with the cable provider. Article

> The Weather Channel accused DirecTV of risking the safety of its subscribers early Tuesday after DirecTV's refusal to agree to pay an increased license fee prompted TWC to pull its feed from about 20 million satellite TV subscribers. Article

And finally… Booth babes don't work. Article