BlackBerry reportedly preparing R10; Verizon investors OK with increased bid for Vodafone's stake

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> Some Verizon Communications investors are content with the company increasing its price for a potential bid for Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless. Article

> Analysts believe the BlackBerry Q10 is selling well in Canada. Article

> The BlackBerry R10 could be a cheaper version of the Q10. Article

>  LG Electronics was the No. 3 global smartphone maker in the first quarter, according to Strategy Analytics. Article (sub. req.)

> The Sony Xperia Z is now on sale in the United States for $630. Article

> Boingo Wireless' new president is Nick Hulse. Release

> Alcatel-Lucent is discontinuing its API efforts with wireless carriers. Article

> The X Phone for Google's Motorola reportedly showed up in another set of photos. Article

> Samsung's Galaxy Core is a low-end smartphone with a 4.3-inch screen. Article

> NPD predicts mobile PC sales will reach 762.7 million globally by 2017. Article

Mobile Content News

> AT&T Mobility is updating Samsung Electronics' original 5.3-inch Galaxy Note phablet to run Google's Android 4.1.2, a.k.a. Jelly Bean. Article

> Amazon is extending its Appstore for Android to China, becoming the first Western company to offer premium-priced Android applications to consumers in the world's largest smartphone market. Rival Google Play's Chinese efforts remain limited to free Android apps. Article

European Wireless News

> Telekom Austria picked ZTE to help it merge together its fixed and mobile voice network to allow the operator to offer more advanced and converged solutions, including Rich Communication Suite-enhanced and Voice-over-LTE services. Article

> Vivendi and Iliad founder Xavier Neal have waded into the Dailymotion saga by each offering to buy the video-sharing company from France Telecom, Reuters reported. Article

> For operators reacting to OTT messaging services, the time to act is now. Editor's Corner

Broadband Wireless News

> Swedish vendor Ericsson appears to have bigger aspirations for small cells beyond just increasing capacity and coverage for the macro wireless network. Article

> Due to the move to IP network architecture and because of its recent acquisitions in the mobile industry, research firm Strategy Analytics is warning that Cisco Systems could grow into a major player in the wireless network equipment space, challenging the likes of Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent. Article

And finally… "Saturday Night Live" takes a look at Google Glass. Video