MetroPCS launches the Samsung Admire 4G; Apple's stock continues its downward slide

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> MetroPCS debuted the Samsung Galaxy Admire 4G, a revised version of the Admire that includes support for MetroPCS's LTE network. Article

> Research In Motion unveiled a new program to get its enterprise customers ready--and signed up--for BlackBerry 10, which RIM will officially unveil Jan. 30. Article

> Google today announced a small update to the Google Search application, available to devices running either Android 4.1 or 4.2 Jelly Bean. Article

> Apple and Samsung Electronics are meeting in court to hash out the aftermath of their U.S. patent trial. Article

> Here are some of the details of Apple's patent settlement with HTC. Article

> HTC reported consolidated sales for November of $732 million, down 31.4 percent from the same month a year earlier.  Article

> Despite a strong holiday device lineup, Apple's stock closed down 6.43 percent Wednesday, and down 20 percent from September. Article

> When asked about patent litigation, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal that it's "extremely curious that Apple chose to sue Google's partners and not Google itself." Article

> According to IDC, Apple is facing tough competition in China from Chinese brands. Article

> The FTC says it is "inappropriate" for a court to take a product off the market when standards patents are the point of contention. Article

> Samsung's next-gen Galaxy smartphone is rumored to have an unbreakable screen. Article

> Intel CEO Paul Otellini believes his successor will come from inside the company. Article

Mobile Content News

> Google is updating its Search for Android application and accompanying Google Now predictive search tool to add boarding pass support. Article

> Amazon's Appstore for Android is launching new A/B testing capabilities that will allow developers to simultaneously trial different versions of their applications and identify which features deliver the superior user experience. Article

> Research In Motion overhauled its Facebook for BlackBerry social networking application, increasing connectivity with the device maker's signature BlackBerry Messenger service. Article

> Apple is destroying NFC's future in retail. Commentary

Broadband Wireless News

> Softbank's planned $20.1 billion investment in Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA's intended merger with MetroPCS are significant, but not gamechangers to the U.S. wireless landscape, according to Standard & Poor's Rating Services. Article

> LightPointe unveiled its AireBeam G60-DP, a 60 GHz backhaul radio that switches to 5 GHz during the types of humid or moist weather that can impact 60 GHz transmissions. Article

> Worldwide deployment of LTE is not only helping keep the mobile infrastructure market afloat, it's giving a huge boost to Nokia Siemens Networks, according to fresh research from Infonetics. Article

> Malaysian mobile operator Maxis slashed its mobile backhaul costs by more than 40 percent via its use of Altobridge's Data-at-the-Edge (DatE) architecture, according to the vendor.  Article

European Wireless News

> Nokia's shares jumped on news that the company inked a deal with China Mobile to sell a Chinese variant of its flagship Lumia 920 smartphone, the 920T. Article

> Nokia Siemens Networks will close its unprofitable services unit as it looks to reduce costs. Article

>  France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard said that acquiring Maroc Telecom could be "strategically interesting," according to in an interview he gave with Le Figaro. Article

> Telefónica is looking to raise as much as €6 billion by listing shares of its Latin America operations in Madrid and London. Article

And finally… Apple CEO Tim Cook tells NBC News, "We screwed up" on iOS Maps. Article

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