Apple offers Motorola $1 per device for patents; Huawei's North American CTO exits

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@FierceWireless: Siri Thinks Hurricane Sandy Is In First Place In the NHL's Southeast Division. Article via @FutureTenseNow[email protected]

> AT&T is looking to get more 700 MHz B Block spectrum. Article

> Apple offered up to $1 per device to license Motorola Mobility's patents. Article

> Sprint Nextel pushed back against Dish Network's plan to have the PCS H Block used just for small cells. Filing

> U.S. Cellular will launch the LTE-capable Motorola Electrify M smartphone next week. Release

> Matt Bross, Huawei's North American CTO, has left the company. Article

> Sony cut its second-quarter losses, boosted by Sony Mobile Communications. Article

> Investors are uncertain about Apple's shaken-up management team. Article

> Alcatel-Lucent is being targeted by investors who are shorting the company's stock. Article

> Bluegrass Cellular will start offering the iPhone 5 on Nov. 2. Article

> Sharp warned it might not be able to survive on its own. Article

> A look inside Verizon's flooded communications hub. Article (sub. req.)

Mobile Content News

>  Daily downloads from Apple's App Store increased 33 percent in the weeks following the Sept. 21 launch of the company's iPhone 5, according to mobile user acquisition platform Fiksu. Article

> The imminent exit of Scott Forstall, Apple's longtime senior vice president of iOS software, could herald a dramatic redesign of the mobile operating system's visual approach, The New York Times reports. Article

Broadband Wireless News 

> With operators rolling out LTE worldwide, it was only a matter of time before attention turned to LTE roaming, and two vendors--Sybase 365 and Syniverse--this week announced significant roaming milestones. Article

> MetroPCS, T-Mobile disagree on need for RCS. Editor's Corner

> IMS Research estimates the market for Wi-Fi in OEM automotive applications will expand eightfold over the next seven years. Article

European Wireless News

> French operators SFR and Iliad's Free Mobile are in talks about merging their mobile operations, according to a report in the French newspaper Les Echos, which cited unnamed sources. Article

> Apple's iPhone is starting to lose its attraction as existing customers in Western Europe hesitate over staying with the iconic brand, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics. Article

> A new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit questions the benefits being heaped on the deployment of LTE in the UK. Article

And finally... Smartphone addicts in Manhattan suffered withdrawal as Hurricane Sandy knocked out phone service. Article