Pfizer moves away from BlackBerry; Sprint offering at least $20 for recycled phones

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> Alcatel-Lucent plans to invest more heavily in its patent-licensing business. Article

> Sprint will offer at least $20 for recycled phones. Article

> Sprint is selling the HTC One Max for $149 with a contract. Article

> Sprint waived fees for U.S. calls and text Messages to the Philippines in the wake of the disaster there. Post

> Smartphone data consumption is 44 percent higher on phones with larger screens, according to new findings from NPD. Release

> Google released an iOS app for its Play Music service. Article

> Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said it will move away from BlackBerry's phones. Article

> Samsung said it will invest in research into ice chemistry and next-generation computing cells. Post

> Microsoft said it will support Facebook Login in its Windows Phone platform. Article

> Nokia said it will add Bluetooth LE to all its Lumia smartphones. Article

> BlackBerry updated its BBM app for Android and iOS users. Article

> Samsung is reportedly at work on a Galaxy smartphone with a three-sided display. Article

> European regulators have agreed to allow LTE and 3G connections on airplanes. Article

> The FCC released its Android mobile speed test app. Article

Telecom News

> Cisco reported that fiscal Q1 2014 switching sales rose 3 percent to $3.75 billion as it saw an increase in the Americas and EMEA regions. Article

> AT&T said it hired 30 workers to support its broadband and cloud efforts in Connecticut. Article

Cable News

> Charter Communications said it will begin marketing its pay TV and broadband services under a new brand, Charter Spectrum, early next year. Article

> Comcast is taking on Disney and Viacom with its NBCU buyout of Sprout. Article

And finally… Coin promises to replace your plastic cards with a single digital one. Article