Apple reportedly preparing new Beats music service; Verizon Wireless debuts new plans for corporate users

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> Apple is reportedly working with the music industry to relaunch its Beats streaming music service with a free trial period and then an $8 per month fee. Article

> Shazam, which primarily sells music identification technology, is launching a new service that will allow users to identify objects with their phone. Article

> The Motorola Moto E is now available through Sprint's Boost and Virgin brands for $99. Post

> According to new numbers from comScore, 184 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones at the end of January, or around 75.8 percent of Americans, and Apple commanded a lead among smartphone vendors with 41.3 percent of the market. Post

> Verizon Wireless announced its new Flexible Business Plans for corporate users that include shared data. Post

> Todd Pendleton, the marketing chief behind Samsung's U.S. smartphone efforts for the past four years, is reportedly leaving the company. Article

> Samsung purchased Utah's Yesco Electronics, which makes light emitting diodes. Article

> According to a report, companies like Facebook and BMW are fine-tuning their Apple Watch apps with help from Apple ahead of the gadget's release. Article

> Huawei inked an agreement with Intel to sell cloud technology to network operators. Article

> Russia's Yota Devices, which is backed by the Russian government, hopes to expand sales of its YotaPhone 2 smartphone to the United States. Article

> Amazon is taking its mobile games to the iPhone and iPad. Article

> Strategy Analytics predicted Apple will ship 15 million smart watches this year. Article

Telecom News

> Google Fiber is taking advantage of its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) footprint in Provo, Utah, to extend services to small and medium-sized businesses, a move that will find it facing off with incumbent telco CenturyLink and cable operator Comcast. Article

Cable News

> Google Fiber raised its pay-TV rates to $130 for new users. Article

European Wireless News

> The member states of the European Union were accused by the leader of the fourth-largest group of MEPs in the European Parliament of lacking ambition and "savaging roaming and net neutrality proposals." Article

> Telekom Austria said CTO Günther Ottendorfer has ceased to be a member of the group's management board, and also said it is bringing in Alejandro Plater as the group's new COO with immediate effect. Article

And finally… Apple knocked AT&T out of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Article


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