Apple's retail chief departs; House votes to freeze wireless taxes

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> Apple's retail chief, Ron Johnson, officially left the company to run J.C. Penny. Article

> Research In Motion's BBM Music service will become available today. Post

> Nokia's Maps offering will be available for all Windows Phone handsets, but the company's voice navigation service will be restricted to Nokia phones. Article

> GameStop is offering an Android gaming tablet. Article

> The House voted for a five-year freeze on new wireless service taxes. Article

> Novatel announced an increase in quarterly revenue. Release

> Alvarion said it will acquire privately-held Wavion, an Israel-based technology leader in carrier-grade Wi-Fi applications. Release

> Sprint Nextel announced a mobile security alliance. Article

> LG said it will upgrade some of its phones to Android version Ice Cream Sandwich. Article

> Verizon Wireless looks to be preparing the Galaxy Nexus phone for launch just after Black Friday. Article

> The FCC is considering updating its handset hearing aid compatibility requirements to take into account possible LTE interference. Article

> Nokia is planning to offer free Wi-Fi in London. Article

> T-Mobile USA retail partner Wireless Vision announced the acquisition of Core Wireless in Wisconsin and Minneapolis. Release

> Clearwire's Ben Wolff resigned from the company's board. Article

Mobile Content News

> According to a review from ars technica, Apple's Siri service uses an average of 36.7KB per session. Article

> A new version of the Android Market could offer auto download options. Article

> Apple extended the mobile version of its music creation program, GarageBand, to the iPhone and iPod touch. Article

> Square is now hands free. Article

> Bookseller Barnes & Noble is expected to release a new tablet version of its Android-powered Nook Color e-reader. Article

And finally... Angry Birds: Half a billion downloads and counting. Article

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