Apple, Google to bid on Kodak patents; Walmart Family Mobile offering $100 bill credit to smartphone buyers

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@FierceWireless: RT@allthingsd: Judge to Apple and Samsung: So How Does All This End? -by@inafried. Article | [email protected]

> Consumer Cellular released its new Doro PhoneEasy 618. Article

> Huawei announced a major new research-and-development investment in Nokia's backyard of Finland. Release

> Apple and Google are reportedly teaming for a bid on Kodak's patents. Article

> Alvarion announced a reverse stock split. Release

> MetroPCS is asking the FCC to delay buildout requirements in the Boston area for its 700 MHz A Block license. FCC Filing

> AT&T Mobility expanded its LTE network to an additional four markets. Article

> LG Electronics sold 10 million of its Optimus L-Series phones. Article

> Best Buy is selling the iPhone 5 starting at $149. Article

> Walmart Family Mobile, which works on T-Mobile USA's network, is offering a $100 bill credit for customers who purchase smartphones. Page

> The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invalidated an Apple multitouch patent--for now. Article

> Research In Motion officially released its BlackBerry Messenger 7 product with Wi-Fi calling. Article

> The FCC urged the FAA to allow greater use of electronic devices on airplanes. Article

> Samsung said it will make a major announcement during the CES show in Las Vegas in January. Post

Mobile Content News

> Square is rolling out a new mobile gift card service integrated with Apple's Passbook virtual wallet application. Article

> Days after Instagram disabled a feature that properly formatted photos on Twitter, the Facebook-owned image sharing service has fully terminated Twitter support, meaning users can no longer view Instagram photos via the microblogging platform. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> San Francisco-based startup Open Garden is preparing the next version of its software application, which will enable customers to use channel bonding over multiple networks to increase bandwidth as well as leverage multi-hop Wi-Fi offloading to crowdsource bandwidth. Article

> Hurricane Sandy's brought down numerous commercial cell sites on the Northeastern seaboard and may have highlighted a glaring flaw in plans for the nationwide public-safety mobile broadband network. Article

European Wireless News

> France Telecom Orange is negotiating to buy the KPN-owned Spanish MVNO Simyo, and a deal valuing Simyo at around €30 million could be struck by year-end, according to a report in El Economista. Article

> Iliad's Free Mobile is taking the fight to the competition by enhancing its market-busting €2 monthly tariff with a doubling of call time from one to two hours, adding unlimited text messaging plus Wi-Fi access. Article

And finally… Trent Reznor to launch streaming music service in partnership with Beats by Dre. Article