Elop a favorite to replace Ballmer; New Zealand bans software patents

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> Globecomm Systems is eyeing the market for rural LTE services. Article

> LG's G2 hits the stratosphere to show off its 13-megapixel camera. Article

> Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is a favorite to replace Microsoft's Steve Ballmer as CEO of the software giant, according to Ladbrokes, a UK-based gambling operator. Article

> New Zealand's lawmakers voted to ban software patents. Article

Mobile Content News

> Thirty-six percent of all iOS and Android applications are built by U.S. developers, down from 45 percent a year ago, reports mobile app analytics firm Flurry. Article

> Application marketing costs increased 20 percent in July 2013, reaching their highest point since the end of 2011, mobile user acquisition platform Fiksu reports. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) announced a portable tablet designed for use over 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi spectrum and TV white space (TVWS) bands in the 470-710 MHz range. Article

> Alvarion's court-appointed receiver asked the District Court of Tel Aviv-Yaffo to approve the company's acquisition by Valley Telecom for $1.5 million plus milestone payments of at least $1.8 million payable within one year. Article

> Huawei expects to deliver commercial, next-generation networks capable of 10 Gbps data speeds within the next seven years. Article

European Wireless News

> 3 UK will launch LTE in December with unlimited data plans. Article

> SFR launched LTE in Paris. Article

And finally… Google's Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki have split. Article