Best Buy offers $50 to phone buyers; Alcatel-Lucent reportedly receives bid for patents

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> The FCC eased rules for testing experimental wireless devices. Article

> Sprint Nextel announced the Plug-in-Connect Tri-Mode USB, which supports CDMA, LTE and WiMAX. Post

> Cellcom announced a shared data plan. Release

> Ericsson is still the world's largest network equipment vendor, but just barely. Article

> The French government and a group of private equity firms reportedly made an offer for Alcatel-Lucent's patents. Article

> Nokia scored a $1.35 billion grant to make the strongest material on Earth. Article

> Intel reportedly plans to out dual-core Android processors at the upcoming Mobile World Congress trade show. Article

> The U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to investigate InterDigital claims of patent infringement by Samsung, Nokia and ZTE. Article

> Samsung's chairman emerged the winner in a legal battle over his family's fortune. Article

> Best Buy plans to offer $50 to people who buy mobile phones from the retailer. Article

> TeliaSonera's chief quit over bribery charges. Article

Mobile Content News

> Time Warner Cable is working to add out-of-home viewing options to its TWC TV streaming video applications. The apps, available for devices running Apple's iOS and Google's Android, currently limit streaming to Time Warner subscribers' in-home Wi-Fi connection. Article

> Although Google's Android and Apple's iOS remain the dominant forces driving worldwide smartphone sales, both Research In Motion's BlackBerry and Microsoft's Windows Phone are set to make inroads by the end of 2013, according to a new ABI Research forecast. Article

And finally… Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd promote Samsung's upcoming Super Bowl ad. Video