Qualcomm's deal in China could lower prices for its smaller customers; Nokia's HERE moves out of beta for Android

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> The patent-licensing agreement between Qualcomm and the Chinese government has given smaller Qualcomm customers free access to the patent portfolios of more established Qualcomm customers, according to a new Reuters report. Article

> Nokia's HERE mapping service for Android is now out of beta testing. Article

> AT&T Mobility announced a new, limited promotion that the carrier said will allow three smartphone users to share 7 GB of data for $120 per month. Release

> Freescale Semiconductor may be exploring a sale of the company. Article

> President Barack Obama is encouraging technology companies to share data about potential security threats. Article

> Apple has improved the security of its FaceTime and iMessage services. Article

Telecom News

> Sonic, a competitive broadband service provider, is entering the 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) game with plans to deliver service to residential customers in six Northern California communities, including Brentwood. Article

> Cisco may have seen an uptick in its switching portfolio during its second-quarter earnings period, but CEO John Chambers foresees a challenging environment in the service provider market going forward. Article

Cable News

> CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves declared C7 the industry's dominant ratings metric and predicted the 2016 Super Bowl will net $5 million per advertising spot. Article

> CenturyLink continued its aggressive expansion of video services in the fourth quarter, announcing Wednesday that it added 12,900 new Prism TV customers in the last three months of 2014. Article

European Wireless News

> France-based SFR has launched LTE Advanced (LTE-A) services in Marseille following earlier launches in the cities of Toulon, Toulouse and Lyon. Article

> The Nigerian mobile market is poised for growth in the coming few years, with the number of mobile subscribers expected to reach 182 million by the end of 2019. Article

And finally… Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure: "@JohnLegere You have to stop reacting like a Tasmanian Devil. No more tweets. I am busy improving my network..you should do the same." Article