MetroPCS announces LTE LG Esteem; Apple confirms Oct. 4 event

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> ZTE announced two new feature phones, the Z331 and the Z221, for AT&T Mobility. Release

> Activist investor Carl Icahn is rumored to have taken a stake in struggling BlackBerry maker Research In Motion. Article

> MetroPCS said it will sell the LTE-capable, Android-powered LG Esteem for $249. Release

> Sprint Nextel appears poised to sell the ZTE N890. Article

> Reported AT&T vacation dates point to a mid-October iPhone launch. Article

> FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski continued to push for auctions of TV broadcaster spectrum. Article

> Apple confirmed it will announce the next iPhone on Oct. 4. Article (sub. req.)

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> Microsoft opened the doors to its Windows Phone Marketplace, and announced new features for its Mango upgrade. Article

> Research In Motion announced a range of Android features not supported by its QNX Android app player. Article

> Netflix inked a deal with Miramax. Article

> MagicJack VocalTec released a new free application through the Apple App Store that provides free voice calling to any mobile number. Release

And finally... Apple may kill the iPod shuffle and iPod classic. Article