Arris to buy Google's Motorola Home unit; MetroPCS sells ZTE Avid 4G Android smartphone for $149

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> Arris will buy Google's Motorola Home unit for $2.35 billion. Article

> Deutsche Telekom said CEO Rene Obermann will step down at the end of next year. Article

> MetroPCS will sell the ZTE Avid 4G Android smartphone for $149. Article

> The U.S. patent office invalidated Apple's "pinch to zoom" patent. Article

> Republic Wireless told users not to root their phones. Article

> Nokia is updating the software in its Lumia 920 and 820. Article

> Samsung could show off a flexible phone screen at next month's CES trade show. Article

> Gogo announced a deal to bring in-flight Internet to transatlantic airlines. Article

> Toyota added wireless charging in some of its vehicles. Article

Mobile Content News

> Rhapsody added carrier billing for AT&T Mobility. Article

> Cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp is slashing the price of its Apple iOS application from 99 cents to free as part of holiday promotion. WhatsApp announced the discount via Twitter but did not disclose how long the offer will remain available. Article

> Three months after Facebook began trialing mobile advertisements across selected third-party iOS and Android applications, the social networking giant is slamming the brakes on the initiative. Article

> Google released a free Quickoffice iPad app for some of its business customers. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> SK Telecom will launch joyn-branded Rich Communication Services (RCS) before the end of this year as the South Korean operator joins a handful of others that have pioneered RCS offerings. Article

> AT&T is reportedly exploring what wireless customers think about the idea of having content providers foot the bill for some of the data those users consume. Article

European Wireless News

> France Telecom could buy some of Alcatel-Lucent's assets. Article

> Ofcom named the UK LTE spectrum auction bidders. Article

And finally… Apple's Tim Cook is a runner-up for Time Magazine's person of the year. Article

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