AT&T launches new $50 GoPhone plan; RIM marketing exec departs

Quick news from across the Web

@FierceWireless: RT @Gartenberg: "Why Should Somebody Buy This Instead of an iPad?" Article | [email protected]

> Affiliates of bankrupt TerreStar Networks are fighting a $104 million reimbursement claim from Sprint Nextel. Article

> Brian Wallace, who headed Research In Motion's digital marketing efforts, resigned to take a job at Samsung. Article

> AT&T announced a new prepaid GoPhone plan that includes unlimited talk, text and Web access for $50 per month. Article

> NetAmerica Alliance, a coalition of rural carriers planning a joint LTE network rollout, announced that two Texas-based networks joined the program. Article

> AT&T denied that its $50,000 donation to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation was to help win an endorsement for its acquisition of T-Mobile USA. Article

> Is this what the next iPhone will look like? Article

> A Needham analyst claims that after the Verizon iPhone launched in the U.S., Android suffered its first quarterly decline. Article
Mobile Content News

> Seesmic, which develops mobile and desktop clients for social media platforms including Twitter, will wind down support for its BlackBerry smartphone client later this month. Article

> Mobile Instant Messaging users are expected to exceed 1.3 billion worldwide by 2016, tripling 2010 totals, according to a new forecast published by Juniper Research. Article

> Outfit7, the mobile entertainment developer behind the hit Talking Friends game franchise, has signed with talent agency William Morris Endeavor as it looks to expand beyond the mobile platform into film, television and books. Article

Mobile Developer News

> Is the BlackBerry developer exodus officially underway? Commentary

> Microsoft unveiled Mobile Test Drive, a smartphone-optimized version of its Internet Explorer Test Drive site featuring development samples spotlighting features and capabilities integrated into the IE web browser. Article

> Tapjoy introduced a new $5 million fund earmarked to galvanize developer interest in porting games to Google's Android platform. Article

> Daily time devoted to mobile app usage now exceeds time spent surfing the web across both the desktop and mobile devices, according to new data published by app analytics firm Flurry. Article

And finally...
Darth Vader's PR machine fights back against Time. Article