NEC could exit smartphones; Russian carriers snub iPhone

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@FierceWireless: RT@GigaOM It's auction time! FCC preps for first mobile airwave free-for-all in 5 years. Article[email protected]

> LG plans to announce a new smartphone in New York in August. Article (sub. req.)

> Russia's three biggest carriers have cut ties with iPhone maker Apple. Article

> NEC reportedly plans to exit the smartphone space. Article

> The Lumia 625 reportedly will carry the biggest Lumia screen Nokia has made. Article

> Sony is reportedly preparing a i1 with a 5-inch 1080p screen. Article

> Vendors are predicted to ship up to 5 million smart watches next year. Article

> RACO Wireless acquired Position Logic. Release

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> Cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp has shifted its popular Apple iOS application from premium to freemium, embracing annual subscription pricing. Article

> Yahoo now welcomes 340 million mobile users each month, increasing from 300 million in April and 200 million at the close of 2012, CEO Marissa Mayer revealed during the company's second quarter earnings call Tuesday. Article

> Google is rolling out a revamped version of its popular Maps application for Apple's iOS, highlighted by dedicated support for the iPad tablet. Article

And finally… Recharge your phone with urine. Article