Riordan named CTIA Chairman; Verizon introduces Backup Assistant Plus

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>  CTIA elected its 2012 officers, who will serve a one-year term beginning Jan. 1. They are: Pat Riordan, President and CEO of Cellcom, Chairman; Mary Dillon, President and CEO of U.S. Cellular, Vice Chairman; Dan Mead, President and CEO of Verizon Wireless, Secretary; Bret Comolli, Chairman at Asurion, Treasurer; and Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint Nextel Corporation, Chairman Emeritus. Release

> T-Mobile USA has set aside millions of dollars in recent months to make retention payments to key employees if the planned merger with AT&T succeeds. Article (sub. req.)

> Google said that there are more than 200 million active Android devices around the world and the company activates an average of 550,000 new Android devices each day. Article

> The U.S. government asked a federal judge to allow prosecutors to discuss with outside lawyers and consultants documents AT&T gave the FCC to support its proposed purchase of T-Mobile USA. Article

> Google today announced that the Gmail application for iOS is once again available for download in the iPhone App Store. Article

> MetroPCS selected Interop Communications hosted commercial mobile service provider gateway to deliver alert messages to subscribers with CMAS-compatible handsets. Release

Broadband Wireless News
> ZTE recognizes its mistake in giving up on U.S. infrastructure market. Commentary

> Google is attempting to make good on its promise to give users a way to opt out of having their Wi-Fi routers included the company's location database software. Article

> Wireless backhaul provider FiberTower announced that it has elected not to make a $1.3 million semi-annual interest payment on its Convertible Senior Secured Notes as it decides how to manage its debt load. Article

> As Wi-Fi networks edge closer to becoming extensions of mobile networks, companies are scrambling to become experts in both the WLAN and radio access networks. Feature

European Wireless News

> O2 UK unveiled a comprehensive LTE trial in London with a focus on customer usage and network design. Article

> Vodafone is thought to have made a non-binding offer for KPN Mobile's Spanish MVNO subsidiary. Article

> O2 Germany is reportedly selling Nokia's latest Windows Phone-based Lumia smartphones despite O2 UK refusing to agree to distribution terms with Nokia. Article

> 3 Austria will switch on its LTE network tomorrow using equipment supplied by ZTE. Article

Mobile Content News

> Google is merging its Google Checkout online payment processing service with its fledgling Google Wallet mobile commerce platform to create a more unified digital shopping experience. Article

> Verizon Wireless is introducing Backup Assistant Plus, a free cloud service that integrates and securely stores subscriber contacts, multimedia and email. Article

> Google officially unveiled its much-rumored digital music storefront Wednesday afternoon, vowing complete integration with its cloud-based Google Music streaming service, which concurrently exited beta. Article

 And finally... A Tennessee man is arrested for assaulting his mother with a ham. Article