LG shows LTE-capable Optimus tablet; Bytemobile trims staff

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> Bytemobile confirmed that it laid off a "small number" of workers in a minor reorganization.  Article

> LG showed off its new Optimus Pad with LTE. Article

> Samsung wants to ban Apple phones in Germany. Article

> Investors are uneasy about Google's plan to buy Motorola Mobiltiy. Article

> HP announced that Bill Veghte has been appointed chief strategy officer. Release

> AT&T Mobility is planning new voice offerings for Canada and Mexico. Article

> Altair Semiconductor announced its FourGee-3100/6200 chipset has successfully completed Band 14 interoperability testing with Alcatel-Lucent infrastructure. Release

> C Spire Wireless is offering existing customers who add a new line to their account a free Android touchscreen smartphone of their choice. Release

> Analysts expect most smartphone makers to have a difficult 2012. Article

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> HTC said it would remove Carrier IQ software from its Sprint Nextel phones. Article

> Building relationships with mobile application users and fostering long-term usage behaviors are critical components to driving in-app purchases reports mobile app analytics firm Localytics. Article

And finally... Research In Motion's first NFC app is now available--in Turkey. Article