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> HTC is reportedly planning to make Windows 8 RT tablets. Article

> T-Mobile USA refarmed its 1900 MHz spectrum for HSPA+ service in 14 new markets. Post

> The iPhone snagged its highest U.S. market share ever, according to a report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Article

> Verizon Wireless expanded its LTE coverage to 470 markets. Article

> AT&T Mobility launched LTE in some new markets. Article

> Apple is appealing a ruling that said it could not get a ban on U.S. sales of some Samsung products. Article

> Polaroid confirmed plans to release an interchangeable lens camera that runs Android. Article

> Nielsen noted that smartphone owners became the majority of mobile phone users for the first time this year, growing from 49 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers in the first quarter of 2012 to 56 percent by the third quarter of 2012. Post

> Verizon said the FCC should not get to judge of the limits of its own authority. Article

> Apple may build factory in Albany, N.Y. Article

> The Rockmelt browser returned to the iPhone. Article

> As tablet sales surge, ereaders are taking a hit. Article

> Hutchison Whampoa's purchase of Orange Austria cleared a final hurdle. Article

> The yacht built for former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been impounded over an unpaid bill to the designer. Article

Mobile Content News

> Year in Review 2012: Android sizzles, Apple Maps fizzles. Year in Review

> Following an outpouring of consumer frustration over proposed changes to its privacy policy and terms of service, photo-sharing platform Instagram said it will not institute controversial new language tied to planned advertising services. Article

European Wireless News

> Year in Review 2012: Free Mobile, Nokia and LTE dominate European wireless. Year in Review

> Telecoms regulator Ofcom named seven companies that have been named as bidders for the United Kingdom's LTE spectrum auction. BT, Hong Kong's PCCW and managed networks firm MLL Telecom joined in the country's four mobile operators in lining up for the bidding, which will start in January. Article

And finally... Mayan apocalypse fails, according to Australia. Article