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> A former FCC official believes spectrum auctions involving TV broadcaster licenses could fail if too many restrictions are put in place. Article

> NetQin Mobile announced the appointment of Omar Khan to co-CEO. Khan was formerly the chief product and technology officer of Samsung. Release

> Risto Siilasmaa, the founder of software maker F-Secure, could replace Jorma Ollila as chairman of Nokia. Article

> Google could be planning a tablet to compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire. Article

> Broadcore is LightSquared's latest customer. Release

> According to the Global mobile Suppliers Association, 49 operators have launched LTE. Article

> Research In Motion is reportedly considering licensing its BlackBerry 10 software to other manufacturers. Article

> RIM is now reportedly working on only one BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Article

> Mindspeed Technologies said it acquired Picochip for $51.8 million, plus a potential earnout payment of up to $25 million. Release

Mobile Content News

> Apple is taking action against app store piracy. Article

> Comcast and The Walt Disney Company have signed a new 10-year distribution agreement enabling the cable provider to offer its Xfinity TV subscribers live and on-demand Disney, ABC and ESPN programming across multiple screens, including mobile devices. Article

> Google's Android Market storefront has reached the 400,000 application milestone. Article

> Apple has reportedly hired formed Adobe executive Todd Teresi as its new vice president of its iAd platform. Article

> Apple is refunding purchases of a GameStore app that was inadvertently released. Article

> Walmart acquired a firm that makes iOS apps. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Marvell announced that it has acquired Xelerated. Article

> Clearwire's stock fell on a gloomy outlook from Kaufman Bros. Article

European Wireless News

> France Telecom Orange promised a quick response if nascent operator Free Mobile offers services that undercut the larger French operators on price.  Article

> Spain's three major mobile operators are being investigated by the country's antitrust authority, CNC, following a complaint by BT Spain. Article

> China Telecom Europe inked a deal with Everything Everywhere to launch an MVNO service in the UK aimed at Chinese residents and tourists. Article

And finally... Is Samsung's Ace an iPhone 3GS mirror? Article


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