HP CEO: No smartphones in 2013; Google buys Viewdle

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> Google said it will purchase facial-recognition firm Viewdle. Article

> The NFC Forum announced a new specification for analog radio technologies. Article

> Motorola is still facing a WiMAX contract lawsuit in Ireland. Article

> Hewlett-Packard's chief executive said the company won't release any new smartphones next year. Article

> TomTom navigation is available on Android. Article

> Nokia Siemens Networks said it introduced a Liquid Radio WCDMA software suite that it said can boost the performance of existing WCDMA networks. Release

Mobile Content News

> Google added its Street View services to its iOS web app. Article

> Roughly a month after expanding its Appstore for Android to the European market, Amazon is extending its sales reach to Japan. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> The WhiteSpace Alliance will hold the first inter-operability event for its Wi-Far specification, which is derived from the IEEE 802.22 standard, sometime in the first quarter of 2013. Article

> Operators looking to deploy small cells to expand the coverage and capacity of their networks are finding a host of integration challenges, but a new HetNet services package from Nokia Siemens Networks is aimed at helping operators optimize their mix of macro and small cells. Article

European Wireless News

> Skype will offer free Wi-Fi access to its users in UK and Ireland with the promise of removing the cumbersome authentication screens imposed by free Wi-Fi services located in High Street shops, cafes and pubs. Article

> France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard said the company's deployment of LTE is critical to being able to charge subscribers more for high-speed data services. Article

> Vodafone and KPN criticized the European Union for hampering mergers and investments across Europe. Article

And finally… Apple is second behind Coca-Cola in Interbrand's list of the best global brands. Article


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