MetroPCS opens up calling to and from Mexico for $10/month; Sony could challenge Samsung at MWC

Quick news from around the Web.

> T-Mobile US' MetroPCS is offering calling to and from Mexico for $10 per month. Release

> Samsung Electronics is reportedly preparing a technology called Context that would collect data about phone users and share that usage data with app developers. Article

> AT&T Mobility said it reached a tentative agreement with Communications Workers of America in contract negotiations in the Southeast. Release

> Sony is reportedly preparing to host a media event at the upcoming Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, at the same time as Samsung's event. Article

> iOS 7 code hints at new TV hardware from Apple. Article

> Mobile app maker Shazam will reportedly raise $20 million in its next round of funding. Article

> Samsung could release a new version of its TouchWiz user interface in its upcoming Galaxy S5 phone. Article

> Vodafone could spend up to $40 billion on acquisitions. Article

Mobile Developer News

> The magic that's missing from Alibaba's mobile gaming strategy. Editor's Corner

> The majority of developers still make less than $500 per app per month, but the overall "app poverty line" has moved from 67 percent to 60 percent, according to Vision Mobile's Developer Economics Q1 2014 report. Article

Telecom News

> Japan's communications ministry may lift the ban on former state-run incumbent telco NTT, giving it the ability to offer discounts for wireline and wireless service bundles, reports Nikkei Asian Review. Article

> CenturyLink and NTT have established themselves as key players in what has become one of the fastest growing regions for cloud services, according to Gartner's Magic Quadrant report on managed hosting providers in Asia Pacific. Article

Cable News

> Charter is recruiting Time Warner Cable and Adelphia veterans for a hostile takeover attempt. Article

> Verizon Communications has stopped accepting orders for its Home Monitoring and Control product, and will only allow FiOS customers who already subscribe to the $9.99 monthly service to continue using it, a spokesman said Monday. Article

And finally… Virgin Atlantic customer service representatives are wearing Google Glass to help passengers. Article

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