Pentagon to approve Apple, Samsung phones; Wheeler nominated to head FCC

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> Cellphone thefts are on the rise. Article

> The Pentagon will soon begin offering devices from Apple and Samsung. Article

> President Obama nominated Tom Wheeler as the new head of the FCC. Article

> Tablet shipments reached 49.2 million units in the first quarter, up 142.4 percent from the year-ago quarter, according to IDC. Article

> MediaTek introduced a new dual-core chip for low-end smartphones. Article

> IDC said Microsoft shipped almost 1 million Surface tablets in the first quarter. Article

Mobile Content News

> Rovio Entertainment is rolling out Angry Birds Friends, a new version of the blockbuster physics game franchise integrated with Facebook to support new social interactions. Article

> Insiders told AllThingsD that Apple will ship its overhauled iOS 7 mobile operating system on schedule, contradicting a Bloomberg report contending that dramatic software changes could wreak havoc on the computing giant's roadmap. Article

> More devices now run Android Jelly Bean 4.1.x and 4.2.x than the previous Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.x, Google reports. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Reduced auction revenues, a funding shortfall for FirstNet, an increased spectrum deficit and higher consumer wireless bills would be some of the ramifications of placing bidding restrictions on AT&T and Verizon Wireless in upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction, according to new research. Article

> Qualcomm's vision of the wireless future includes consumer electronics devices that integrate small cells, which could be used for sharing bandwidth with other nearby mobile users. Article

European Wireless News

> Greek operator OTE said it will sell its Globul unit in Bulgaria to Norway's Telenor, and will use the proceeds to reduce debt and strengthen its competitive standing in recession-hit Greece. Article

> Telefónica is selling 40 percent of its business in Central America for $500 million Guatemalan-based Corporacion Multi Inversiones (CMI), as the Spanish operator continues to seek ways to reduce its heavy debt burden. Article

And finally… Talking tissue boxes. Article

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