McAdam's salary jumps in 2011; Leap joins RCA

Quick news from around the Web.

@FierceWireless: @gigaom: And another new chip for smart homes & appliances. Article | [email protected]

> The code bases of Android and Linux are merging. Article

> Verizon Wireless is offering instant credit for phone trade ins. Article

> Verizon's Lowell McAdam scored a significant pay raise in 2011. Article

> Sales of Windows Phones passed sales of Symbian in the United Kingdom. Article

> Matanuska Telephone Association in Alaska is the latest carrier to join Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America program. Release

> HTC reportedly purchased music service MOG. Article

> Cricket provider Leap Wireless said it joined the RCA group. Release

> The ZTE N910 cleared the FCC. Article

> Standard & Poor's offered a negative outlook on U.S. Cellular. Article

> Sprint Nextel's LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy Nexus is reportedly set to launch April 15. Article

> Sprint is reportedly planning an LTE-capable Windows Phone device for a fall debut. Article

Mobile Content News

> Despite increasing Android sales, more developers are turning to Apple's iOS platform, according to a new survey from Appcelerator. Article

> Gaming giant Zynga is reportedly in talks to acquire social and mobile gaming company OMGPOP. Article

> Mobile gaming revenues derived from tablets will reach $3.1 billion in 2014, up from $491 million in 2011, according to a new forecast by Juniper Research. Article

> Verizon Wireless lowered the price of its family locator service. Article

> A third-party Reddit Android app was pulled from the Google Play app store due to violating Google's policies. Article

Mobile Developer News

> Facebook launched a new mobile referrals tool within its App Insights dashboard. Article

> Google apologized to Android application developers who complained that Google Checkouts payments for March 2012 had yet to reach their bank accounts, adding that all developers have now been paid. Article

> Social and mobile gaming firm 6L (formerly 6waves Lolapps) is laying off its in-house game development staff. Article

And finally... iPad vs. assault rifle: Video