Cricket launches Huawei Mercury; Twitter gets $300M Saudi investment

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> Cricket launched the Huawei Mercury Android smartphone for $250. Release

> The U.S. International Trade Commission will review a preliminary Apple-HTC ruling from October. Article (sub. req.)

> Tablet maker Fusion Garage appears to be falling off the map. Article

> LG and Intel struck an alliance on wireless display technology. Article

Mobile Content News

> Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud and his Kingdom Holding Company have made a combined $300 million strategic investment in Twitter. Article

> Facebook rolled out version 4.1 of its social networking application for Apple's iOS, bringing support for the new Timeline feature to the iPhone but not the iPad tablet. Article

> British Telecom is the latest company to file patent infringement charges against Google's Android open-source mobile operating system, claiming billions of dollars in damages in a suit filed late last week. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> ZTE and Swedish carrier Hi3G announced what they call the world's first commercial FDD/TDD dual-mode LTE network has gone live in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. Article

> While LightSquared remains mired the GPS interference controversy, the company signed its 33rd LTE wholesale agreement. Article

> LTE networks won't become widely available in the UK until 2015, said UK telecom regulator Ofcom. Article

European Wireless News

> The four French mobile operators have made initial bids for spectrum in the valuable 800MHz band. The government has indicated that it is looking to raise at least €1.8 billion from this second phase of the LTE spectrum auction. Article

> Apple and Google should help to upgrade and maintain mobile data networks, according to KPN CEO Eelco Blok. Article

> European mobile payment initiatives are in danger of crowding each other out. Commentary

> Samsung expanded its patent spat with Apple in Germany. Article

And finally... Even Santa uses Siri. Article


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