RIM licenses InterDigital patents; AT&T adds Alcatel phone to GoPhone service

Quick news from around the Web.

@FierceWireless: OK, officially back in action for the new year. Let's see what 2013 has going on so far. --PG | [email protected]

> PlatinumTel launched its new PTel Mobile brand. Article

> Research In Motion licensed patents from InterDigital. Article

> The FCC formalized rules on satellite-based wireless service in airplanes. Article

> One in four Americans owns a tablet, according to Pew Research. Article

> LG Electronics reportedly plans to release a smartphone with a full-HD display at the upcoming Mobile World Congress trade show. Article

> The Senate approved the renomination of Mignon Clyburn to the FCC. Release

> Sony Mobile Communications is rumored to be prepping two new high-end Xperia Android devices, codenamed Yuga and Odin. Article

> AT&T Mobility added a new phone from Alcatel to its GoPhone service. Article

> Two BlackBerry 10 devices arrived at the FCC. Article

> Google's Motorola Mobility is reportedly developing the "X phone." Article (sub. req.)

> Research In Motion will pay $65 million to Nokia for patent licensing. Article

> Research In Motion sold NewBay to Synchronoss Technologies for $55.5 million, about half of what RIM paid for it. Article

Mobile Content News

> Revenues from Facebook's mobile advertising initiatives will eclipse its desktop efforts next year, according to a new Merrill Lynch forecast. Article

> Developers have identified traces of Apple's next iPhone and iOS software update in app usage logs, The Next Web reports. Article

Mobile Developer News

> The 2013 resolutions developers should make. Editor's Corner

> If you're going to offer in-app purchases in mobile games,  a higher price tag won't necessarily scare users away, according to a recent research report. Article

And finally… $1.3 million in Apple hardware stolen on New Year's Eve. Article