iPad 3 rumored with LTE, quad-core processor; LightSquared accused of bribery

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> Best Buy will offer a $50 gift card for smartphones in conjunction with the Super Bowl. Article

> Sen. Chuck Grassley accused LightSquared of trying to bribe him. Article

> Sprint Nextel announced the ZTE Optik Android tablet for $99 with a service plan. Release

> Peek said it is ending its promised "lifelong service" to its U.S. users. Article

> HTC warned that its devices could provide hackers with Wi-Fi passwords. Article

> Research In Motion launched its "Be Bold" BlackBerry advertising campaign. Article

> A Nokia executive warned of slow progress this year. Article

> Ting launched its service commercially. Post

> Sprint Nextel reportedly will offer $100 toward a phone upgrade in order to prevent customer churn. Article

> Meet Xappr, the smartphone gun. Article

> Huawei appears to be preparing the "Honor" smartphone for AT&T Mobility. Article

> Rumors are pointing to an iPad 3 with LTE and a quad-core processor. Article

> Fitch Ratings predicts LG's profitability will improve in 2012. Article

> Motorola's Droid 4 could soon arrive at Verizon Wireless for $199 with a service contract. Article

Mobile Content News

> Mobile discovery solutions provider Shazam will integrate its second-screen interaction technologies across Feb. 5's Super Bowl XLVI telecast. Article

> Facebook counts around 425 million mobile users. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Zayo and Phonoscope are among a number of companies boosting their backhaul bandwidth. Article

> Last month, Taiwan reported a massive jump in the number of WiMAX subscribers in the country, almost 85 percent growth for the six months ending November 2011. Article

> Are operators prepared to leverage the mobile cloud? Industry Voices

European Wireless News

> Everything Everywhere will begin repositioning its Orange UK and T-Mobile UK brands this week. Article

> France Telecom Orange CEO Stéphane Richard told a government committee that its 35 per cent profit margin on its mobile services is commonplace. Article

> European Union lawmakers are working on plans to further reduce roaming charges operators can levy against customers traveling abroad, according to a Reuters report. Article

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