Aruba buys WiFi mesh company; Droid Eris getting Android 2.1 soon?

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> Aruba Networks said it will buy Azalea Networks for its outdoor WiFi mesh technology in a cash and stock deal valued at $40.5 million. Article

> Verizon Wireless has begun hinting that the HTC Droid Eris will get an Android 2.1 update soon. Article

> NTT DoCoMo dropped plans to offer Apple's iPad after rival Softbank inked an exclusive deal for the device in Japan. Article

Mobile Content News

> WPP head calls for a "close look" at Google/AdMob deal. Article

> Sprint Nextel will issue Android 2.1 for its Moment and Hero handsets sometime in the second quarter. Article

> Gravity Mobile's MusicID app goes global. Article

> Myxer: Females download twice as much mobile content. Article

Broadband News

> FCC study says fixed broadband wireless is the most economical for a majority of unconnected homes. Article

> Ericsson CEO looks to capitalize on M2M. Article

> Indian 3G auction hits $2.65 billion. Article

European News

> Cracks are appearing in Alcatel-Lucent's continued optimism. Commentary

> To stop data download abuse, Vodafone introduces out-of-bundle charges. Article

> Nokia launches massive Ovi Maps campaign. Article

> LTE will support 50-100 billion connected devices, claims Vodafone-backed expert. Article

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