Asus Padfone could run quad-core chip; Moto might intro Droid RazrMax phone

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> Motorola could be preparing an upgraded Droid Razr, the RazrMax. Article

> Apple licensed its iOS scrolling patent to Nokia and IBM. Article

> Qualcomm announced the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Life Inc., which will operate the business formerly known as Qualcomm Wireless Health. Release

> Sony Ericsson will reportedly begin dropping the "Ericsson" portion of its brand starting in the middle of next year. Article

> GlobalSCAPE acquired privately-held, Seattle-based mobile file sharing innovator TappIn. Release

> A quad-core Asus Padfone could drop at next year's Mobile World Congress. Article

> ZTE appears to be preparing a 3D Android user interface. Article

> Sprint Nextel expanded its lineup of parental-control features. Article

Mobile Content News

> Days after trumpeting an international strategic partnership with MasterCard, mobile banking solutions provider mFoundry is announcing an $18 million growth capital round led by the credit card giant. Article

> Facebook has acquired mobile social network Gowalla for an undisclosed sum, reported. Article

> Smartphone ownership in the U.S. market reached 90 million in October 2011. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> China's capital city, Beijing, is looking to build a significant number of free Wi-Fi hotspots across major city areas such as shopping centers and subway stations as part of the government's move to spur greater Internet use among city residents. Article

> The Department of Commerce's Rural Utilities Service granted more than $28 million to an entity called One Economy, which has in turn spent some of the money on a Web-based show called, "Diary of a Single Mom," according to report in The Washington Times. Article

European Wireless News

> Network-sharing would be new ground for the U.S. market. Editor's Corner

> A consortium of Dutch banks and mobile operators that planned to deploy an NFC-based mobile payment service in the Netherlands in 2012 pushed the launch of the joint venture back to 2013 because of the need to get regulatory approval from the European Commission. Article

> Telefónica's new Digital division will help introduce NFC-based mobile wallet services across Europe over the next few months. Article

And finally... The Syrian government has reportedly banned the iPhone. Article