IDC raises 2011 smartphone forecast; HTC Sensation coming to AT&T?

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> IDC increased its smartphone device forecast. The company said it expects 472 million smartphones to ship in 2011, up from its March forecast of more than 450 million. Article

> AT&T will offer free wireless-Internet access in New York parks in cooperation with the most populous U.S. city. Article

> The California Public Utilities Commission is expected to vote today to order an investigation into the AT&T/T-Mobile deal. Article

> The HTC Sensation, which will launch on T-Mobile Sunday, may soon be coming to AT&T. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Apple's introduction of its cloud services platform, iCloud may be a big boost for Wi-Fi networks. Commentary

> ABI Research said based upon first quarter LTE uptake from Verizon and NTT DoCoMo, there is strong demand for faster wireless data connections.  Article

>   Google and France Telecom are reportedly close to an agreement to work together on lowering the impact of data traffic on the operator's networks. Article

> Bankrupt mobile satellite operator TerreStar Networks extended the deadline for bids on its assets to June 15.  Article

> The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium has finished Voice over LTE interoperability testing. Article

Mobile Content News

> Rovio's Angry Birds' franchise appears to be more than a flash in the pan mobile game. Commentary

> Apple quietly updated the guidelines of its App Store Subscriptions, and eliminated its mandate that publishers offer iOS content and services at the same price or less than they are offered outside the app.  Article

> Verizon Wireless added Abukai's new Expenses solution to V CAST. Article

European Wireless News

> Increasing customer loyalty and driving down churn is a top priority for France Telecom (FT) Orange. Article

>  GSMA CEO Rob Conway resigned and the association is just now starting to search for a successor, indicating Conway's departure was unexpected. Article

> The four major French operators, France Telecom Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and NRJ Mobile, together with BNP Paribas, Credit Mutuel, CIC and Credit Agricole, have agreed to deploy nationwide interoperable NFC-enabled payment services early next year. Article

> Global m-payment revenues based upon NFC technology will climb to nearly $50 billion by 2014, according to a new study from Juniper Research. Article

And finally... The woman who tattooed her Facebook friends on her arm faked it as part of a publicity stunt.  Article