Galaxy Note to go for $299 from AT&T; MetroPCS to use Ericsson for microwave backhaul

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@FierceWireless: Kindle Fire sales were strong in Q4, but no match for the iPad, analyst says. Article | [email protected]

> Research In Motion today announced the availability of its BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365. Release

> AT&T Mobility will sell the Samsung Galaxy Note for $299 with a service plan starting Feb. 19. Article

> Samsung announced the Galaxy S Advance. Article

> MetroPCS selected Ericsson as its primary microwave backhaul equipment provider. Release

> Clearwire announced its new Clear Spot Voyager personal hotspot. Release

> Nokia Siemens Networks plans additional job cuts in Finland. Article

> The European Union approved Sony's buyout of Ericsson's stake in Sony Ericsson. Article

> Motorola Solutions plans to buy back $1 billion of stock. Article

> Klausner Technologies filed a patent-infringement lawsuit on visual voicemail against MetroPCS. Article

> One analyst said Amazon sold 6 million Kindle Fires during the fourth quarter. Article

Mobile Content News

> Yahoo is decommissioning 10 of its mobile applications, most optimized for Apple's iOS and Google's Android. Article

> Entertainment provider Jesta Digital is shuttering its Bitbop on-demand mobile video service, which the firm acquired from News Corp. in late 2010. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Investment bank Jeffries came out with a research note last week that suggested mobile carriers might want to be careful how much they open their networks and customer bases to Wi-Fi. Article

> AT&T Mobility said it recorded 1.2 billion Wi-Fi connections in 2011. Article

European Wireless News

> Mobile operators are losing their grip on the tablet market. Editor's Corner

> French operator SFR has criticized France Telecom Orange for signing a roaming agreement with Iliad's Free Mobile, allowing Free to launch low-cost services. Article

> Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao indicated that the positive resolution to its $2.2 billion dispute with the Indian tax authorities has helped open the door for an initial public offering for its India subsidiary. Article

And finally... Steve Jobs reportedly told Google to stop poaching Apple workers. Article

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